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The GSFF programme is comprised primarily of submitted films. Our programming team eagerly trawls through 1,700+ submissions each year to showcase the most exciting work from around the world. 

The call for submissions for the 2020 edition will open on 3 June 2019. 


Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film
International Audience Award

Scottish Short Film Award
Scottish Audience Award


GSFF welcomes all forms and genres - our competition programmes combine fiction, documentary, animation and experimental/artists’ moving image.

GSFF accepts works up to 50 minutes in length.

GSFF accepts works completed up to 18 months before the edition of the festival to which the film is submitted.

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 will not consider films that have been previously submitted to GSFF and declined.

For more information, please read GSFF’s full Rules & Regulations and our 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.

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