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  • Why the GSDF will have a long-lasting effect on my professional life…

      A Guest Blog by Elena Horn, GSDF Participant 2018   Selling a documentary can be the most excruciating part of filmmaking. I had worked on my project “THE LESSON” for a long time and was always concerned that the reality of the film market would crush the delicate truth and nuances of my documentary.…

  • Introducing our Global Short Docs Forum 2019 Filmmakers!

      After receiving an impressive and varied range of applications from every corner of the globe, we are very excited to announce the final 16 filmmakers who have been selected to attend the second edition of the Global Short Docs Forum! Established as a new initiative to help bridge the gap between digital platforms and…

  • Filmmaker Spotlight – Saila Huusko

    Our filmmaker spotlight this week is documentary filmmaker and journalist, Saila Huusko! Saila’s work has appeared in The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Global Post, as well as numerous international film festivals. She has also worked in conflict and post-conflict areas as an in-house filmmaker for the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) office.     Saila was…

  • Q+A With The Gatekeepers

      If you had 20 minutes to pitch your short documentary to the BBC, what would you say? For any ambitious filmmaker, the opportunity to have 20 minutes of undivided attention from a commissioner is a dream come true. However, it’s not always easy knowing how to approach the pitch: what to include, what to avoid and what…

  • How Should Documentary Filmmakers Work with Media Platforms?

      A Guest Blog by Docudays UA   What kind of short films is interesting for global media giants, such as The Guardian, AJ+, BBC Stories? How do these platforms usually work with documentary filmmakers? This year, Docudays UA hosts Global Short Docs Forum which works with short films in particular.   The experience of the Global Short…

  • Filmmaker Spotlight – Jason Hanasik

    This week our Filmmaker Spotlight is on Jason Hanasik! Jason is a filmmaker, artist, curator and journalist. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, at various international film festivals and in visual art exhibitions worldwide.     Jason attended GSDF 2018 during the development of…

  • Filmmaker Spotlight – Julia Lemos Lima

    This week we are celebrating Brazilian documentary filmmaker, Julia Lemos Lima! Julia was a OWM Production Fund grantee in 2016, for which she filmed her short doc ‘Breaking the Silence’, a film about how Brazilian women deal with sexual harassment and sexism in their daily lives. This film was selected for the London Feminist Film Festival.…

  • Filmmaker Spotlight – Peter Okojie

    This week, Peter Okojie, is our filmmaker of the week! Born in the Edo State of Nigeria, Peter is a doc filmmaker and cinematographer working in Lagos. He was also 1 of the 10 people representing Nigeria at aKoma’s 2017 Amplify Fellowship for Africa’s storytellers and content creators.     Peter was a participant at…

  • GSDF 2018 Photo Diary

    The first edition of the Global Short Docs Forum in London hosted 16 filmmakers from all around the world – from Greece to Colombia, from Turkey to Myanmar. Through masterclasses and group work, the sessions over the first three days created a supportive environment for filmmakers to discuss, develop and rework their pitches, leading up to the…

  • Filmmaker Spotlight – Mohamed Shalaby

    Mohamed Shalaby, director of short documentary 51K, is our filmmaker of the week! Mohamed is an Egyptian filmmaker, who has worked on various projects for TV, short films, documentaries, and music videos, and produced a number of his own projects. He currently works as a director, writer and editor, and is a strong believer of…