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One World Media Global Short Docs Forum 2021 for Documentary Filmmakers Worldwide

Connecting short documentary filmmakers with digital media platforms.

Application Deadline: 23rd July 2021

About the Award: The Global Short Docs Forum brings together 12 filmmakers selected from a global call, to attend an intensive online training programme and one-to-one pitch meetings. Over four weeks of masterclasses, workshops and mentoring we take your short doc from conception to commission.

Global Short Docs Forum is a much needed and dedicated initiative to nurture new talent in documentary shorts, giving them access to the growing number of digital media platforms.

GSDF is open to applications from all parts of the world, for documentary projects up to 30 mins, either in production or post-production, with existing footage. 12 filmmakers will be selected to attend a series of online workshops, mentoring, and one to one pitches.

This year, we are thrilled to be joined by some of the most established digital media platforms in the industry, including: Arte France, BBC Arabic, CBC, Al Jazeera, BBC Africa, The Guardian, Coda Story and Our World.

Type: Training


  • Filmmakers of short documentaries with new and original narratives.
  • Open to applications from all over world, with documentary projects up to 30 mins.
  • Special interest in stories that have a social, political or cultural narrative, take a solutions journalism approach or give us a new perspective on the changes we want to see in the world.

Selection Criteria: Selection is based on the filmmaker’s proven ability and the strength of the story, characters and footage provided.

Eligible Countries: All

Number & Duration of Awards: 12 selected applicants participate in a 4 week intensive online training programme and one-to-one pitch meetings.

Value of Award:

  • Invaluable pitching training and mentoring
  • Workshops + masterclasses from industry experts
  • One-to-one meetings with digital platforms
  • Connect with doc filmmakers from all over the world

How to Apply: Apply now

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details