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The Golden Short Film Festival rewards the best and outstanding short films from around the globe. We consider the art of filming an essential component of our lives and encourage works that use powerful narration in order to create a unique vision. The cinema as a tool of fiction relies on an easy, central assertion: to tell is to feel empathic. There is no story to tell without the "Other". Because the audience empathizes with the characters, within the vast universe of all the stories that can be invented, he/she can experience those patterns of emotions that otherwise would be lost.

The Golden Short Film Festival is a three-month contest repeated four times for one year, dedicated to finding those remarkable works that may otherwise be overlooked or snubbed. We accept short films of all genres. Our mission is to encourage and support filmmakers throughout the world in order to provide the recognition they deserve.

All the quarter winners are nominated, awarded, and honored on our website and will receive certificates along with exclusive laurel and dedicated promotion. Every submission can add also additional categories increasing the chances to become multi-award-winning. The overall winner will be awarded live during the ceremony at the stunning Castello Orsini - Colonna in Avezzano on July, 16/2022.

⭐ Golden Short Film
⭐ Golden Animated Short
⭐ Golden Documentary Short
⭐ Golden Student Short
⭐ Golden Experimental Short
⭐ Golden Drama Short
⭐ Golden Sci-Fi Short
⭐ Golden Comedy Short
⭐ Golden Horror Short
⭐ Golden Thriller Short
⭐ Golden Romance Short
⭐ Golden Director
⭐ Golden Screenplay
⭐ Golden Producer
⭐ Golden Actress
⭐ Golden Actor
⭐ Golden Editing
⭐ Golden Cinematography
⭐ Golden Soundtrack
⭐ Golden Music Video

All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 40 minutes.
The Festival committee will notify submitters in 48 Hours.
The Festival committee will provide a free scorecard.
Scorecards are only for short film categories.
​Scorecards will be obtained according to objective criteria.
Scorecards are not necessarily related to the jury's final decision. 
The jury will assign the awards for each competitive section.
All decisions of the jury are final.
All quarter winners compete for the overall Golden Awards in July 2022.
The overall Golden Short Film winner receives an exclusive trophy.
Any foreign films must include English subtitles.
All fees are non-refundable.
Students must present their valid Student ID.
GSFF can use short's material for promotional purposes.
GSFF will not release, under any circumstances, the full short film.
Submitters must own all the rights of the short film. 
Submitters cannot withdraw the work after the official selection.
Not all submissions received are selected for GSFF.
Multiple entries are allowed.
GSFF has no obligation to disclose information about the committee.
Submitters must be 18 years of age or older.
All work's ownership and rights remain with the original holders.
GSFF reserve the right to refuse inappropriate works.
GSFF has the right to add, change, or delete guidelines at any time.​


📣 EARLYBIRD DEADLINE: June, 30/2021 - $10
📣 REGULAR DEADLINE: July, 30/2021 - $15
📣 LATE DEADLINE: August, 30/2021 - $20
✅ OVERALL AWARD EVENT: July, 16/2021

Overall Rating
  • Xingyu Chen

    Great festival - good and fast communication, and gives some useful feedback. It is an honor for my short film "Whirlpool" to have been selected as a finalist in the Student Short category. Thanks a lot!

    June 2021
  • It was an immense pleasure to take part in this film festival and we are proud that our short psychological thriller was a Finalist in this festival.
    Awesome team, with great communication that is precise and on time. I would definitely recommend Golden Short Film Festival for budding filmmakers and look forward to submit more of my productions in the future.

    June 2021
  • Thank you to Golden Short Film Fest for including my short animation "Showdown" in your event. I felt very honored.

    June 2021
  • Teatro Multilingue

    Our film was selected in the Best Actress category. Thanks!

    June 2021
  • This was a great festival with prompt feedback.

    June 2021