Our Best Short Film winner will receive our custom Global Shorts statuette which we ship anywhere in the world, free of charge. The award is manufactured by Society Awards, the same awards company that manufactures the Golden Globe and the Emmy. All winners will receive our Global Shorts Winner laurels in black, white, and gold.
Q: WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM RUNTIME YOU ACCEPT FOR SHORT FILMS?
A: The maximum runtime we accept is 55 minutes.
Q: WHO ARE THE JUDGES?
A: Judging is done by in-house staff and industry professionals.
Q: DO YOU ACCEPT COMMERCIALS?
A: Yes! We consider them to be narrative film. If it tells a story or expresses an idea, it qualifies for a submission to Global Shorts. If any doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact our Organizer at email@example.com.
Q: HOW ARE WINNERS NOTIFIED?
A: All winners are notified via electronic mail within 3-4 weeks after the current deadline.
Q: HOW MANY ROUNDS OF JUDGING ARE THERE?
A: There are three rounds of judging. If a film does not advance to the next round of judging, the submitter is notified via electronic mail or standard mail, if selected.
Q: CAN I RECEIVE MY FILM’S SCORECARD?
A: Yes. Scorecards are available for a $20 fee and are sent via electronic mail.
Q: I DON’T HAVE THE FUNDS TO SUBMIT. CAN I REQUEST A WAIVER?
A: Unfortunately we do not provide full waivers for the competition. You may, however, qualify for a discounted submission fee depending on your circumstances. Please contact our Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: MY FILM IS NOT IN ENGLISH. DOES IT HAVE TO HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES?
A: Yes. All submissions not in the English language must have English subtitles.
Q: DO YOU ACCEPT DVDS OR OTHER HARDCOPIES OF MY FILM?
A: No. All submissions must be submitted online. We require a link to where your film can be viewed or downloaded, as well as a password for the link if applicable. We typically receive links from YouTube, Vimeo, DropBox, IMDb, and FilmFreeway.
Q: I’M SUBMITTING TO FESTIVALS WHICH REQUIRE MY FILM NOT BE SCREENED ELSEWHERE. IF MY FILM PLACES IN YOUR COMPETITION, DO YOU MAKE MY FILM AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE OR PUBLIC VIEWING?
A: No! We are an online competition and do not make your film available for public viewing. Judging is done privately. Your film’s Winner listing will include a still image from your film as well as an optional Director Q&A. We do not share your film with anyone.
Q: I’M HAVING ISSUES SUBMITTING ONLINE AND I KEEP GETTING AN ERROR MESSAGE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
A: If you are having difficulties with our online submission form, please contact our Organizer at email@example.com.
Q: DID YOU RECEIVE MY SUBMISSION?
A: As long as you paid through PayPal and have a receipt, then we have received your submission. An official e-mail confirmation from Global-Shorts is sent out within 3 business days. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact our Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: WHEN ARE THE DEADLINES?
A: Global Shorts is a bi-annual competition and submissions are accepted year-round. Winners are announced within a few weeks after the official deadlines, which are September 31st and March 31st of each year, unless extended.