What is Global Short Docs Forum

Global Short Docs Forum (GSDF) is a new initiative connecting filmmakers of documentary shorts with digital platforms.

GSDF will host 16 filmmakers selected from a global call, to attend a 4-day residential workshop at the Frontline Club in London. Filmmakers will benefit from invaluable pitching training, mentoring and masterclasses from industry experts and one-to-one meetings with decision makers.

Platforms participating in the first edition of the Forum are AJ+, BBC Arabic, BBC Stories, The Guardian, Lush, Zinc, and Zoomin.TV.


See this year’s participants for GSDF 2018 in London.


Expert help to fine-tune editorial ideas and pitch short doc proposals.

Learn to navigate the new market-place by hearing directly from gatekeepers at the digital platforms.

Meet and connect with other filmmakers to collaborate.


Access to new narratives and fresh ideas.

Communicate editorial agendas to a wide range of filmmakers from under-represented regions.

Benefit from One World Media’s reach in the documentary world, and the shortlisting of potential talent.

Who We Are

Global Short Docs Forum is organised by One World Media, a non-profit committed to excellence in media coverage of the wider world. We believe the best media highlights our common humanity, breaks down prejudices and enables new voices to be heard.

We have a long track record of supporting new filmmakers and journalists through our Production Fund and regular events and workshops, as well as through the One World Media Awards.

Key Dates

3 January 2018: Open for Applications
9 February 2018: Deadline for Applications
16 February 2018: Extended Deadline for Applications
27 March 2018: Announcing Selected Projects
15-18 May 2018: Global Short Docs Forum in London


Forum bags on their way

We are pleased to announce that EverythingBranded.co.uk have donated printed bags for the first edition of the Global Short Docs Forum.

Introducing our 2018 Participants

We’re very excited to introduce the 16 filmmakers who have been selected to attend the first edition of our Global Short Docs Forum!

Platforms confirmed for first edition of GSDF

We’re delighted to have received over 150 applications to the first edition of our Global Short Docs Forum, from 56 countries around the world.

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