Global Short Docs Forum 2019

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

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 filmmakers of documentary shorts, the Forum will guide and mentor this talented group of filmmakers as they take the next steps in their careers. 

This year the Global Short Docs Forum will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine in partnership with Docudays UA from 26 – 29 March 2019. Over the course of a 4-day residential workshop, these selected filmmakers will be given the chance to learn from industry experts, build an invaluable global network of like-minded peers, and ultimately pitch their selected projects to commissioners from digital platforms.


Elīza Bēniņa – Latvia

Isobel Cockerell – UK

Lesia Diak – Ukraine

Angus Dunsire – UK

Alba Jaramillo – Colombia/USA

Ketevani Kapanadze – Georgia

Owen Kean – UK

Taisiia Kutuzova – Ukraine

André Larsson – Sweden

Denys Lukoshkin – Ukraine

Damilola Onafuwa – Nigeria

Roxy Rezvany – UK

Lara Taylor – South Africa

Yue Wu – China

Les Yakymchuk – Ukraine

Yurii Yudin – Ukraine

The Forum

GSDF is an annual forum. The first edition took place in 2018 in London, UK — click here for the video. 2019 edition will be in Kyiv, Ukraine as part of International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA.

Selected filmmakers attend a 4-day workshop and pitching training, followed by one-to-one meetings with decision makers.

All expenses (including travel and accommodation) are covered by the Forum.


Deadline for applications: 23 November 2018

Announcing selected projects: 15 January 2019

Global Short Docs Forum in Kyiv: 26 – 29 March 2019

If you have any questions about the Forum or how to apply, please email

Read more about the programme here:

Global Short Docs Forum is organized by One World Media. The 2019 edition is sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project, supported by the British Council in Ukraine and The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and hosted by  International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA.