The Global Short Documentaries Forum 2023 for Filmmakers Worldwide

Announcement Competition in Art and Humanities
  • Online, Online
  • Apply Before : December 13, 2022

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 38157
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 16
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 4 WEEKS
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

The One World Media (OWM) is accepting applications for the Global Short Docs Forum 2023.

The OWM aims to bring together 16 filmmakers selected from a global call to attend an intensive online training program, one-to-one pitch meetings, and connect with digital media platforms. Participants will benefit from four weeks of masterclasses, workshops, and mentoring.

Applicants from any part of the world, with documentary projects up to 30 mins, with existing footage either in production or post-production, can apply for this call.

The One World Media team will give particular focus to solutions-oriented stories. The stories must be about people with experiences we can learn from and are responding to social problems. Such reports will place 50% of the Forum sets– stories that show us what works and what doesn’t. Also, the focus is on new and diverse voices telling international stories. Films with a social, cultural, or political narrative are exciting films.

The OWM team has opened the Call for Applications with worldwide workshops. This workshop helps filmmakers to develop their projects and to encourage solutions approach. GSDF workshop is a 3-day series of online free events on short documentary storytelling, screenings, and one-to-one consultations worldwide.


  • Application Deadline: Tue 13 Dec 2022 (9:30 am AFT)
  • Forum Dates: March 2023
  • Forum Organizer: One World Media (OWM)
  • Type: Competition
  • Mode: Online
  • Number of Final Participants: 16
  • Duration: 4 weeks


The finalists will benefit the followings:

  • Invaluable pitching training and mentoring
  • Workshops and masterclasses from industry professionals
  • One-to-one meetings using digital platforms
  • Networking opportunities with doc filmmakers from all over the world
  • Joining 3-day series of free events of GSDF Labs on short documentary storytelling


Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants can be of any nationality.
  • The project must be a (non-fiction) short documentary film of fewer than 30 minutes.
  • Each applicant can submit a single movie or series of short docs.
  • The project must be in the post-production or production stage.
  • Applicants can submit one story.
  • The projects should cover under-reported stories or offer approaches and new angles to more familiar stories.
  • Priority goes to filmmakers with little global visibility and low production capacity. As well as filmmakers from under-represented groups in established media production geographical areas.
  • Particular interest is in stories that have a social, political, or cultural narrative that takes a journalism-oriented approach to discover solutions or give us a new perspective on the changes we want to happen in the world.
  • Stories from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Post-Soviet States are considered with a particular focus.

Project Details:

Applicants’ projects must meet the following details:

  • Project Title (100 characters): This will be applicant’s entry title. A good title is captivating, compelling, and sparks curiosity.
  • Primary Location (country): List the primary country(s) in which the film takes place.
  • Primary Language(s): List the film’s main language and main character.
  • Logline (300 characters and approx. 2-3 sentences): Provide a story summary.
  • Synopsis or Story Summary (2000 characters, approx. 1/2 page): What is the story, and what is the story structure?
  • Topic Summary (1000 characters, approx. 1 paragraph): Describe why this topic is essential, timely, or relevant. Mention the topics, themes, issues, challenges, stakes, or questions the project will cover.
  • Artistic Approach (1000 characters, approx. 1 paragraph): Describe the creative vision for the finished project
  • Access (1000 characters, approx. 1 paragraph): These might be contributors, interviewees, or other contacts who help to set things up. Please indicate if they have already agreed to participate.
  • Status and Timeline (1000 characters, approx. 1 paragraph): Explain the project’s current situation, and outline the Timeline.
  • Intended Duration: Suggest a specific duration: 3-5 mins / 8-15 mins / 20-30 mins / Series (please specify)
  • Intended Audience (1000 characters, approx. 1 paragraph): Describe your project’s anticipated Audience and how you plan to reach your target audience.
  • Audience Engagement (1000 characters, approx. 1 paragraph): If applicable (optional).
  • Solutions Approach (1000 characters, approx. 1 paragraph): (optional) It would be better if the project were solutions-oriented and constructive projects.
  • Line Item Budget (Max. 1 page, in PDF format): Provide a summary of the project’s expenses in Euro, including a total budget.
  • Funding (1000 characters, approx. 1 paragraph): Provide a list of all sources and amounts raised to date.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee evaluates the submission on the filmmaker’s demonstrated ability and the power of the story, characters, and footage provided. Applicants will pass a shortlisting session and an interview before the final selection.

Required Devices

To participate in the Forum, applicants must have the following:

  • Stable internet connection
  • Laptop or a desktop computer with a camera + microphone
  • Zoom or Skype account
  • Software for sharing documents and communications

The Forum Format

Sixteen selected applicants will participate in a four-week intensive online training program and one-to-one pitch meetings. Selected filmmakers join a supportive atmosphere of international filmmakers convening to debate, develop, and rework their pitches, leading to one-to-one meetings with representatives from digital platforms.

The online Forum will consist of 2 x 2h sessions for four weeks and individual mentoring meetings during the week. By the Forum’s completion, filmmakers will create a short-pre-recorded pitch video, including a trailer of their project. The video will be shared with platform representatives before the one-to-one pitching sessions.

How to Apply?

The application for this Forum is online and free. So, applicants should submit an online submission form and the required media on the One World Media Submission Portal. Please enter the link below to apply.

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For more information about the Forum, please visit the One World Media GSDF Website or read the GSDF Submission Information.

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