Years running: 11 (since 2008)

Glasgow Short Film Festival

International short film festival.


The short film weekend at Glasgow Film Festival was established in 2008 by short film exhibitor The Magic Lantern, in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts. The event has since grown to become Scotland’s leading competitive short film festival. In 2015 GSFF made a decisive change of date from February to March, finally distinguishing the festival from its 'mother' Glasgow Film Festival.

In only eight years GSFF has earned an international reputation for quality curation. This is reflected in the increasing numbers of filmmakers, talent spotters and festival programmers who attend each year, from across Europe, North America and Asia. GSFF has been invited to collaborate with festivals and exhibitors in China, Croatia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and across the UK.


  • 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. Prize: commission to create GSFF trailer for the following year’s festival.

    Additional prizes may be awarded in 2018, dependent on sponsors.


  • The festival is open to short films of all production techniques,forms, genres and budgets. 
  • Films must have been completed after 30 September 2016 with a maximum duration of 50 minutes including credits.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Submissions are accepted online, via any of our three submission partners: Festhome, Filmfestivallife and Reelport.
  • 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

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United Kingdom

Official website



Glasgow Film Festival
12 Rose Street
G3 6RB


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    June 01, 2017
  • Regular Deadline
    October 09, 2017
  • Late Deadline
    November 13, 2017
  • Event dates
    14 March 2017 — 18 March 2018
Categories & Fees

The film must be under 50 minutes total duration.

  • Regular Deadline — €12
  • Late Deadline — €18

The film must be under 50 minutes total duration. 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. Other films may be considered eligible for the Scottish competition at the discretion of the festival team, if production took place in Scotland and/or a significant proportion of cast and/or crew are resident in Scotland.

  • Regular Deadline — €12
  • Late Deadline — €18
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