Since 2008 Glasgow Short Film Festival has been the leading short film event in Scotland. We host an inclusive community of filmmakers and film lovers, showcasing ground-breaking works of visual storytelling. The festival aims to nurture and inspire diverse forms of cinematic expression, in Scotland and around the world.
Named one the the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine in 2019, GSFF is a friendly and inclusive festival in which the work of emerging Scottish filmmakers is presented in the context of an international programme. We believe that international collaboration is vital for Scottish filmmakers. GSFF not only advocates the importance of short film in progressing future generations of filmmakers, but provides the meeting-place where collaboration can begin.
GSFF’s core programme comprises international and Scottish competitions. New talent is supported through a programme of learning and networking events, including panel discussions, workshops and one-to-one sessions. GSFF curates unique special programmes on particular movements or filmmakers of international importance, and hosts parties and live performances throughout the festival week.
Six loosely thematic programmes of international work, comprising fiction, documentary, animation and experimental/artists’ moving image, compete for the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and the International Audience Award. The Bill Douglas Award is presented to the film that in the view of the jury best reflects the qualities found in the work of one of Scotland’s greatest filmmakers: honesty, formal innovation and cinematic storytelling that places sound and image centre stage. The award carries a cash prize.
Four programmes of work produced by Scotland-based filmmakers compete for the Scottish Short Film Award and the Scottish Audience Award. The Scottish Short Film Award honours inspiration and innovation in new Scottish cinema, and carries a cash prize.
- GSFF welcomes all forms and genres - our competition programmes combine fiction, documentary, animation and experimental/artists’ moving image.
- GSFF accepts works up to 40 minutes in length.
- GSFF accepts works completed up to eighteen months before the festival edition. That means this year we will accept works completed after 30 September 2022.
- GSFF has no premiere status rule, and accepts works that are available online.
- A film is considered eligible for the Scottish competition if at least two of the following key positions - director, writer, producer - are filled by people resident in Scotland.
- Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
- We accept submissions of works in progress.
- We do not consider films that have been previously submitted to GSFF and declined. Please check your records before submitting, as we will not refund the submission fee of a film that has previously been submitted.
Please check out our Submission FAQs at glasgowshort.org/submissions/submissions-faqs
Glasgow Short Film Festival is a BAFTA-qualifying event. All British films screened at GSFF automatically become eligible for BAFTA Short Film or Short Animation Award consideration, as long as they meet other eligibility criteria.
Glasgow Short Film Festival is a BIFA-qualifying event. All British films screened at GSFF automatically become eligible for British Independent Film Awards consideration, as long as they meet other eligibility criteria.
YOUNG SCOTTISH FILMMAKERS AWARD
In partnership with Glasgow Film, the Young Scottish Filmmakers Award celebrates new talent aged 18-25. There is a separate submission procedure for this award, and the call for entries will open in August. Please refer to our website for more details.
1. Glasgow Short Film Festival, the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, champions new film talent by providing an annual showcase and meeting point for new and established Scottish and international filmmakers, industry delegates and the local audience.
2. Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, charity number SC049556. GSFF's registered office is 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB. GSFF’s business address is 60 Tradeston Street, Glasgow G5 8BH.
3. The 17th edition of GSFF takes place 20-24 March 2024 in Glasgow, UK.
4. GSFF and Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) are are two entirely separate organisations with two different programming teams. GFF does not accept short film submissions.
5. The festival is open to short films of all production techniques, forms, genres and budgets.
6. The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this film festival.
7. Films must have been completed after 30 September 2022 with a maximum duration of 40 minutes including credits.
8. Films previously submitted to previous editions of the festival will not be considered. If substantial structural changes have been made to the film since a previous submission, please contact email@example.com to discuss your entry.
9. GSFF has no premiere status rule, and accepts works that are available online.
10. Before you can submit your film you will be asked to register your contact and film details. These details will only be shared with GSFF. GSFF ensures this information will NEVER be used for anything other than direct contact from the festival or one of the festival’s submission partners and will NEVER be shared with anyone else.
11. There is a submission fee to enter your film. Films submitted by the Regular Deadline of Tuesday 26 September 2023 are charged US$15. Films submitted by the Late Deadline of Tuesday 31 October 2023 are charged US$21.
12. The submission fee is waived for single entries if the applicant resides in one of the Least Developed Countries: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/least-developed-country-category/ldcs-at-a-glance.html
13. GSFF does not have the facility to apply refunds. Please ensure your film meets the eligibility criteria before submitting.
14. Applicants may enter as many eligible films as they wish. A separate entry form, upload and additional entry fee is required for each film submission.
15. For anyone wishing to submit multiple entries special discounted rates may apply. For a multiple entry discount please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
16. Discounts for multiple submissions must be sought before the films have been submitted. Multiple discounts cannot be applied retrospectively after the films have already been submitted.
17. GSFF accepts submissions via FilmFreeway. You are able to upload your film as a digital file via a secure external link, or to provide a password-protected Vimeo link, once your registration details have been completed. GSFF guarantees that your film will never be used in any way other than that to which you agree and will not be available online to the public except under restrictions outlined in paragraph 32.
18. Please ensure that your upload adheres to the specifications supplied by FilmFreeway.
19. Please submit your film digitally.
20. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview copy is in full working order.
21. For all enquiries please contact email@example.com.
22. Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film - All entries other than Scottish entries are eligible. International Audience Award - All entries other than Scottish entries are eligible. Scottish Short Film Award - All Scottish entries are eligible. Scottish Audience Award - All Scottish entries are eligible.
23. A film is considered eligible for the Scottish competition if at least two of the following key positions - director, writer, producer - are filled by people resident in Scotland. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the GSFF Director.
24. If a film is eligible for the Scottish competition, it is the responsibility of the submitter to indicate this when submitting the film.
Films not in the English language
25. If the original language of any dialogue or text featured in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled in English, unless this is at variance with the filmmaker’s intention.
26. Submitted films are viewed by two or more members of the selection team. All programming selections are at the discretion of the GSFF Director, whose decision is final.
27. GSFF will not provide comments on films prior to submission, nor reasons for rejection of a submitted film, however we are happy to provide informal feedback on individual films after the festival has taken place. Please contact the festival in April 2023. Note that this is a non-binding commitment.
28. The festival will not confirm the receipt of submissions and preview copies. All applicants will be notified via e-mail about the selection or rejection of their film by 3 February 2023.
Festival competition screenings
29. Films in competition screen from DCP. If your film is not available on DCP, GSFF will make a DCP transfer from digital file at no charge. This DCP transfer is the property of GSFF, and can be supplied to the filmmaker after the festival for a charge to cover the cost of making it.
30. Films in the international competition screen publicly twice. Films in the Scottish competition screen publicly once. Films may be screened privately to the jury or to accredited guests. Films may also be included in other public programmes, subject to the submitter’s permission.
31. There are no fees for participating in the festival competitions. Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.
32. In the event of the live festival being unable to go ahead due to extreme circumstances such as the COVID-19 crisis, GSFF 2023 will take place online. Films will be screened on a password-protected VoD hub for a period of no more than 48 hours, geo-blocked to the UK for public access, but available for all accredited international industry attendees. Selected filmmakers will be informed in advance of this change, and will have the opportunity to withdraw their film from selection if they so wish. In the event of withdrawal, submission fees will not be refunded.
Video library and archive
33. All films selected for screening, and all Scottish films submitted to the festival, will be copied onto a local server and made accessible to accredited industry guests in our video library during the festival. The primary contact details given on the entry form will be made available to festival delegates and in the festival catalogue unless a distributor is identified.
34. GSFF may promote a range of new Scottish work submitted to the festival to international industry talent scouts, programmers and buyers year-round via a private password-protected online hub.
35. All selected films may be stored in the festival archive and used for internal research purposes. GSFF will never publicly screen or publish online a film for which permission has not been granted.
Further screenings, out-of-competition selection and touring programmes
36. If selected for the festival, the submitter authorises GSFF to file their film in the festival archive, where it may be made available for further screenings or events promoted by the festival itself, solely for cultural and not for commercial purposes (unless otherwise specified on accepting an invitation to screen at the festival). The festival will always request permission and give reasonable notice before proceeding with any further screening, whether theatrical or online. The festival will never allow any third party access to the film without the submitter's permission.
37. GSFF may curate out-of-competition screenings or themed touring programmes from films that were submitted to the festival, including those that were not selected for competition. These programmes will be subject to separate agreement between the festival and filmmaker. Where possible screening fees or other forms of financial reimbursement will be offered.
38. In addition to the reproduction of stills of selected films for all GSFF publications and press, selected films may also be screened as part of preview screenings to promote GSFF 2023.
39. At the point of payment on your submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the festival’s regulations. By agreeing to proceed with your submission you are agreeing to these regulations and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.
40. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.
41. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the submission being disqualified.
42. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.
Delivery instructions for selected films
43. Full delivery instructions will be provided on notification of selection.
44. GSFF will only cover one-way shipping costs for physical drives.
45. It is the responsibility of the submitter to inform the festival of any change to the onward delivery address, otherwise the festival reserves the right to return the screening copy to the contact address as specified during submission.
Attending the festival
46. GSFF encourages all selected filmmakers to attend the festival, and offers guest passes to each film selected for international or Scottish competition. Any selected filmmakers attending from outside Scotland will be offered up to four nights’ accommodation in a Glasgow hotel. Additional travel support may be available.