What is Global Short Docs Forum

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

GSDF hosts 16 filmmakers selected from a global call, to attend a 4-day residential workshop. Filmmakers benefit from invaluable pitching training, mentoring, masterclasses from industry experts and one-to-one meetings with decision makers.

GSDF 2019 took place in Kyiv, Ukraine as part of Docudays UA Film Festival. The digital platforms which attended this year were AJE, Current Time, The Guardian, Hromadske, LUSHVice and Zaborona.

Meet the participants of GSDF 2019.


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

8 October 2018: Open for Applications
23 November 2018: Deadline for Applications
29 November 2018: Extended Deadline
30 January 2019: Announcing Selected Projects
26-29 March 2019: Global Short Docs Forum in Kyiv, Ukraine


Two Ukrainian Films Win Grants at Global Short Docs Forum

  This year’s Docudays UA festival hosted the Global Short Docs Forum, a unique workshop for short film creators organised by One World Media. As a result of GSDF, two Ukrainian filmmakers have been successful in securing a grant from the British Council, allowing them to continue with the production of their films. These include…

Announcing the digital platforms joining us in Kyiv

With Global Short Docs Forum 2019 just around the corner, we are excited to announce the digital platforms that will be attending the event and hearing the filmmakers’ pitches! It’s fantastic to welcome Vice, as well as The Guardian, AJE and LUSH who are returning to the Forum for a second year. We’re also thrilled to…

The Golden Age of the Short Doc

  A Guest Blog by Flora Gregory, Executive Producer   The way we consume media has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. The dominance of long-form films and strict format broadcast television is being pushed aside by the tide of digital media platforms. Short-form video now reigns our news feeds, reaching a global audience…

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