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.

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 Scotland’s greatest filmmaker: honesty, formal innovation and the supremacy of image and sound in cinematic storytelling. The award carries a cash prize.

Three 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. The winner of the Scottish Audience Award will be commissioned to create the following year’s festival trailer.

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.

The organisation

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.

3. The 13th edition of GSFF takes place 18-22 March 2020 in Glasgow, UK.

4. GSFF and Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) are are two 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 2018 with a maximum duration of 50 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 to discuss your entry.

9. GSFF has no premiere status rule, and accepts works that are available online.

Data protection

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.

Submission fees

11. There is a submission fee to enter your film. Films submitted by the Regular Deadline of Tuesday 8 October are charged €12. Films submitted by the Late Deadline of Tuesday 12 November are charged €18.

12. The submission fee is waived for single entries if the applicant resides in one of the Least Developed Countries:

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

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.

Digital submissions

17. GSFF accepts submissions via FilmFreeway. You are able to upload your film as a digital file via a secure external link through one of these websites 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.

18. Please ensure that your upload adheres to the specifications supplied by FilmFreeway.

19. Please submit your film digitally. It may be possible to submit via DVD to the submission platform, however there may be an additional charge paid directly to the submission platform to cover the cost of the necessary administration and technical set-up used to digitise your film.

20. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview copy is in full working order.

21. All films selected for competition, and all Scottish films submitted to the festival, will be copied onto a local server and made accessible to accredited industry guests in our Digital Videotheque during the festival. The primary contact details given on the entry form will be made available to festival delegates unless a distributor is identified. The Videotheque may also be available on a password protected site for industry users for a period of no more than 3 months after the festival.

22. 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.


23. For all enquiries please contact

Award eligibility

24. Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film - All entries are eligible. International Audience Award - All entries are eligible. Scottish Short Film Award - All Scottish entries are eligible. Scottish Audience Award - All Scottish entries are eligible.

25. 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.

26. If a film is eligible for the Scottish competition, it is the responsibility of the submitter to indicate this when submitting the film.

Foreign language films

27. 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.

Selection procedure

28. 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.

29. 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 late March. Note that this is a non-binding commitment.


30. 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 the end of January 2020.

Festival competition screenings

31. Films in competition screen from DCP. If your film is not available on DCP, GSFF will make a DCP transfer from Quicktime file at no charge.

32. 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.

33. 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.

Further screenings and touring programmes

34. 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. The festival will never allow any third party access to the film without the submitter's permission.

35. GSFF occasionally creates themed touring programmes from films that were submitted to the festival but not selected. These programmes will be subject to separate agreements. In some cases they may include some financial reimbursement.


36. 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 2020.

37. The festival will publish the email address for a previous agreed contact (usually the Primary Contact) and Distributor in the Digital Videotheque and in the festival catalogue.

Submission agreement

38. 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.

39. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

40. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the submission being disqualified.

41. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

Delivery instructions for selected films

42. Full delivery instructions will be provided on notification of selection.

43. GSFF will cover one-way shipping costs only.

44. 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

45. 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.

Overall Rating
  • Arianna Lodeserto

    Very reach program, nice and funny volounteers staff, elegant hospitality: Scotland is always magical!

    March 2019
  • Hannah Currie

    A brilliant, welcoming, diverse festival. Had an amazing time and can't wait for next year.

    March 2019
  • Jimmy Dean

    Super nice people running a lovely festival - a great programme of shorts, couldn't recommend it enough.

    April 2018
  • Besides a truly impressive concentration of good short films, what makes GSFF so special is the nice and warm people who organize the event and the wonderful talent they bring in from all over the world. One of the greatest festival experiences!

    March 2018