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Go Short Festival, 14-18/4/2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
14 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Submission/Registration Fee

Festival Description:

Go Short is the main short film festival in the Netherlands.  During the five festival days Europe’s best recent short films will be screened and the Go Short Awards will be presented. Aside from the competitions Go Short offers an extensive program of events, talks, workshops, parties and meeting points for the film makers, the public and other stakeholders. The Go Short foundation aims to contribute to deepening and expanding the short film culture, nationally and internationally, by means of organizing an annual international film festival for short films.
Go Short is founded on the principles of the Cultural Governance Code and consists of a board and two directors. The foundation has been registered as a charitable institution (ANBI in Dutch)

2021 Call for Entries to Follow

Coronavirus crisis update:  Festival statement

Today we have made the difficult, inevitable decision to cancel the 12th edition of Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, scheduled for 1-5 April.

Yesterday, the Dutch government announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which included a ban for all events exceeding 100 people until 31 March. 
In order to proceed safely and responsibly, we cannot wait for new developments; we must act now. The health of our community is our first priority. We don’t consider it safe for our audiences, partners and employees to organise a public event in this global state of emergency.  

After more than a year of preparations, the festival program was ready to go. A passionate festival staff of 30 people and more than 150 partners created a remarkable program of 327 short films, an international conference and meeting place for film talent, film professionals and audiences, a school program for 3,500 children and so much more. All is programmed and produced with so much love and energy. Go Short brings people together and creates a setting of discussion, debate and education. Our carefully shaped and detailed festival program takes place in an international context and agenda. Therefore, postponing the festival is not an option.

We love short films, film makers and the industry around it for their dynamic, innovative and creative power. We already see that even in these surreal moments, new ideas and forms of support rise. As of tomorrow, we will gather in a safe way and take action to be the platform for talent that we aim to be. We will contact everyone involved as soon as possible. In the meantime, please be careful and stay safe. Check our website and socials for the latest updates and other Go Short activities. We hope to see you at the 13th edition of Go Short which takes place from 14-18 April 2021. 


2020 Call for Entries (Archive)

European, Dutch and Student Competition
For the European Competition we accept short fiction, documentary, animation and art films that have been made in (geographical) Europe. The films are eligible for the Go Short Award for Best European Short in three different categories.

The Dutch Competition is a selection of films made in the Netherlands, from which the best film will be awarded with the Go Short Award for Best Dutch Short.

Go Short is a recognized film festival for the Academy Awards, the European Film Awards and the BAFTA.

The Student Competition will consist of short fiction, documentary, animation and art films made in European film schools. The best film will be awarded with an Encouragement Award. Go Short is recognized by the Student Academy Awards. 

Films in the European, Dutch and Student Competition are competing for the Audience Award.

1 September 2019 for films completed between 1 December 2018 and 1 June 2019
24 November 2019 for all films completed on or after 1 June 2019
22 December 2019 for films that have been completed in November or December 2019

Virtual Reality and Music Video Competition
Go Short accepts international VR-films and music videos for two competitions in their respective categories. More information can be found in the regulations.

Deadline:1 December 2019

Entry fee:The film you submit is being viewed by professional curators and programmers. In order to ensure the quality of the selection process we charge a submission fee. For the European, Dutch and Student Competition the submission fee is 9,50 euro per film. For the Virtual Reality and Music Video Competition the submission fee is 7,00 euro per film. The payment is done through PayPal.

2019 Festival News

2018 Festival News:




Event Dates

  • From 14 April 2021 to 18 April 2021


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