The Global Drama Project Short Film Festival (1)


19 May 2024
Call for entries

19 May 2024
Early deadline

14 Jul 2024
Standard deadline

05 Aug 2024
Late deadline

05 Aug 2024
Final deadline


05 Aug 2024
Notification date

20 Sep 2024
21 Sep 2024


44th St.,  10036, New York, New York, United States

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 20 September 2024      Festival end: 21 September 2024

The Global Drama Project is an indie entertainment production company based in New York City. We work on creating platforms for young and underrepresented artists from around the world to showcase their art.

Unfortunately, there’s never enough space for everyone’s art, but within some communities opportunities are so scarce that brilliant artists never have their work see the light of day (or the darkness of a theater).

So... We've created the Global Drama Project Short Film Festival! We'll be showcasing selected short films at a live screening event in NYC, followed by live Q&A's. Films will be showcased by category, Narrative Films, Documentary Films, Queer Cinema, Best BIPOC Filmmakers, Best Female Filmmakers, International Films. In the evening of the event there will be a red carpet awards ceremony honoring the winners of each category, along with Best Actor and Best Film grand prize.
We are committed to fair opportunities and equal representation.

*Females constitute less than 30% of filmmakers. People of color constitute less than 27% of filmmakers.*

*All winning films will receive digital laurels and an award (can be shipped nationwide)*

Best Film - 500$ cash prize & 250$ equipment rental credit gifted by Quixote

Best Narrative Film - 150$ cash prize & 100$ equipment rental credit gifted by Quixote

Best Documentary Film - 150$ cash prize & 100$ equipment rental credit gifted by Quixote

Best Queer Film - 150$ cash prize & 100$ equipment rental credit gifted by Quixote

Best Female Filmmaker - 1 year membership for Female Film Club & 100$ cash prize
[Membership includes networking events online & offline, access to network database and community, masterclasses & workshops, and more] & 100$ equipment rental credit gifted by Quixote

Best BIPOC Filmmaker - 150$ cash prize & 100$ equipment rental credit gifted by Quixote

Best International Film - 1 year membership to & 100$ cash prize
[Membership includes access to 200+ classes, class guides and workbooks, classes by: Shonda Rhimes, David Lynch, Aaron Sorkin, Spike Lee, and more!]
Best Actor - 100$ cash prize & a free headshot session & 100$ rental credit gifted by Quixote

You may submit to all relevant categories.

Please read carefully before submission.

*Application fee - Must be paid when submitting, all payments are non refundable.

*Filmmaker - A Director or Producer that is credited in the film (only a Filmmaker may submit. If you are not the director or producer, request the director or producer submit)

*You must be over the age of 18 to enter

*All Short Films must be under 30 minutes. (Including closing credits and title screen)

*Must include closing credits no longer then 30 seconds

*Each film must include a title card in the first 10 seconds.

*Title (if multiple entries are submitted with the same name, the first submission reserves the rights and subsequent submissions will be requested an alternate name)

*Selected films will need to send in a Press Kit consisting of -Film Logline (no longer then 50 words) -Film Credit List -Movie Poster

*Licensed media - Filmmakers are responsible for properly determining ownership of media used for their festival entry, requesting permissions from any and all appropriate parties and demonstrating permission to use licensed media as requested. Any and all instances of use of licensed media must be credited where required by the license holder. We Reserve the right to request acceptable proof of licensee’s authorization to use licensed media.

*We reserve the right to disqualify any entries that don’t abide by our rules

*Screening or Rental Fees - GDP will NOT CONSIDER films that require a screening or rental fee.

*Premiere Status- There is no premiere policy for submission

*Inclusivity - The Festival and all festival-goers must be inclusive and respectful of people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, age, physical appearance and body size, language spoken, and immigration or economic status

*No media/film accepted for programming can be pulled from the festival by submitter or associates

* Please note, there is a deliverables deadline for the venue. If you do not meet that deadline it is possible we will not be able to screen your content. Deliverables are the responsibility of the person submitting.

*All digital awards may take up to one month after the event to process. Cash Prize awards are digital awards.

*Best Actor Award - Actor headshot session will take place in New York City and will be scheduled directly with the photographer. If winner is unable/unwilling to come to New York for the session - 50$ will be added to the cash prize.

*Quixote rental credits can be used on any equipment rental, with no minimum, at Quixote's New York Production Supplies. For more information about terms and services visit

1. I, the representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal to the Global Drama Project (the "GDP") for consideration for the Global Drama Project Short Film Festival (the "Festival"):

2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.

3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.

4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the Festival's presentation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival or the GDP because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or the GDP of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.

5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the GDP, the Festival, the affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities of each, and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, advisors and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Institute or the Festival.

6. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from the Film for promotional purposes and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.

7. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of New York in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.

8. I acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules and regulations for submitting a film to the Festival.

9. By clicking "I Agree" below, or by submitting a film to GDP, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the GDP or the Festival.



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