Short Film Festival

G-Short is a short film festival held as part of the George Town Festival 2021 to celebrate the endless imagination and possibilities a 90-second short film can bring about. It is set to be held in George Town, Penang in July 2021.

Themed “Reimagine: A New Way of Seeing”, with the tagline “Short Yet Powerful”, G-Short was conceived to encourage the local and international film communities to create short-form and original films, unleashing their creativity and innovation to tell stories in new ways. It as well serves as an easily accessible platform for the up-and-coming filmmaking talents to get noticed and to refine their styles.

We believe that good stories come in all lengths. You might find one best told in 90 seconds, and a moment that speaks to your heart shall be shared with the world. No matter if you are a filmmaker, film lover, or layperson, you are welcomed to step up to “film” your thoughts, conveying short yet impactful, strong messages to the audiences in 90 seconds. A host of sharing sessions and public screenings will be held alongside the film festival. Stay tuned!

Open Call for Entries

We believe that sometimes, less is more. Whether you are a filmmaker, film lover, or layperson, it’s time to flex your creative muscles and transform your big ideas into a short yet powerful 90-second short film! A total amount of Ringgit Malaysia Twenty Thousand (RM 20,000) cash and prizes will be awarded to the winner(s). We look forward to receiving your entries by 16 May 2021.


Indrani Kopal

Indrani Kopal is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar and a former video journalist at Malaysiakini.com. Her documentary, “The Game Changer” was screened at 17 international festivals and won multiple awards, including the Best Short Documentary award at the 2014 Harlem International Film Festival and at the 2015 Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. In 2018, she was awarded the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker at the Harlem International Film Festival for her feature-length documentary, “Incarcerated Rhythm”. Indrani Kopal is the founder of Far East Documentary Centre and currently a senior lecturer at Taylor’s University in Malaysia.


Tunku Mona Riza

Tunku Mona Riza is a woman of expression! After graduating from New York Film Academy, the then television commercial director decided to pursue the path of producing and directing feature films. Tunku Mona’s asset is her passion for storytelling. With her strong sense of creativity and technical knowledge, she immediately earned her success with her second television film “Parit Jawa”, widening the window of creativity for the Malaysian film industry. Tunku Mona’s works are always based on detailed research materials and insights of true stories. With every story she tells, she does not only create it through the lens of film directing but also with her soul as though she is bringing life itself into her film. This can be seen through her debut feature film “Redha” which earned 17 coveted local and international awards, making it hold a record of the most awarded Malaysian film in the country. The internationally renowned film director shows that she has the cutting edge of making a simple story extraordinary.


Dennis Lai Chaing Ming

Dennis Lai Chaing Ming is a highly acclaimed film producer and screenwriter. He currently holds the position of president for the Chinese Film Association of Malaysia. He has been getting involved in film and television production as well as screenwriting on a full-time basis since 1989. He was a television assistant director and production manager up until 1996. Some of his most popular films include “The Iron Lady” (2009), “Ice Kacang Puppy Love” (2010), “King of Mahjong” (2015), “Let’s Eat!” (2016) and more.

Announcement of Finalists

Finalists (1 – 10)

Title Country
A New Chapter Malaysia
Adjustments: It’s my way of seeing things Malaysia
Arasi Malaysia
Benda Paling Cuak Malaysia
BLOCKS Malaysia
Bloody Jackboots Iran
Captive Iran
Come Home Malaysia
Dear Alison Malaysia

Finalists (11 – 20)

Title Country
Do I know you? Spain
Exaggerated Indonesia
GOSTAN Malaysia
I Got Covid Malaysia
If I can’t see the sun, maybe I should go Malaysia
Letter from Fukushima United States
Operation: Eraser Malaysia
Project Sundari Malaysia

Finalists (21 – 30)

Title Country
The Chess Players Iran
The Cover Iran
The Noise France
The Old Woman Poland
The small red, big blue Iran
Thudarcha India
Usted dirá Spain
我是谁 Who Am I Malaysia
早安(Morning ASMR) Singapore

Film Screenings: Finalists 2021


14 - 16 July 2021



Screening Platform:


Sharing Sessions


17 July 2021


2pm & 4pm



Announcement of Winners


18 July 2021



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