Short Film Festival

G-Short is a short film festival held as part of the George Town Festival to celebrate the endless imagination and possibilities a 90-second short film can bring about. Following the resounding success of the inaugural edition in 2021, G-Short returns for the second edition in July 2022.

Themed “Pause”, with the tagline “Short Yet Powerful”, G-Short was conceived to encourage filmmakers to create short-form and original films, unleashing their creativity and innovation to tell stories in new ways through its 90-second short film competition. It also serves as an easily accessible platform for the up-and-coming filmmakers 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.

Open Call for Entries

Submit your short film by clicking on the button below. Each contestant must provide a download link to the short film. It is recommended to provide a shareable link that any account can download, or else please grant the download permission to [email protected].

We look forward to receiving your entries by 24 April 2022.

Film Screenings: 2021 & 2022 Finalists

After a two-year wait, the first, in-person film screening of the G-Short 2021 and G-Short 2022 finalists’ short films will take place at the Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi! Join us as we celebrate the power of storytelling through 90-second short films, created by talented filmmakers from various countries under the themes “Reimagine: A New Way of Seeing” (2021) and “Pause” (2022). The screening will be made merrier with live music performances, pop-up stores, a photo booth and more.

Date: 9 July 2022
Time: 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi

Announcement of Winners

The jury for the G-Short Short Film Festival will be revealing the 2022 winners! Join us to celebrate the winners who used the power of storytelling to deliver fantastic short films that embrace the theme “Pause”. We look forward to you joining us in the live stream.

Date: 24 July 2022
Time: 8.00pm
Screening Platform: George Town Festival Facebook Page & YouTube Channel

Announcement of Winners

The long-awaited event is here as we announce the winners for the “G-Short” Short Film Festival! Out of 697 submissions received from 37 countries worldwide, 11 winners will be selected and a total of four awards with prizes worth RM20,000 in total will be rewarded. Join us to be part of the exciting moment!


Date: 18 July 2021
Time: 8.00pm
Streaming Platforms: George Town Festival Facebook Page & YouTube Channel

Finalists 2022

Finalist (1 - 10)

A Bowl of NoodlesMalaysia
Ah, no wonder you are extinctArgentina
down the drainItaly
INNER CHILDIslamic Republic of Iran


Finalist (11 - 20)

Title Country
NEXT CALL? Malaysia
PAUSE Malaysia
PAUSE: Short Yet Powerful Malaysia
Pizza Time United States
PULANG Indonesia

Finalist (21 - 30)

Title Country
siapa makan cili, rasa pedas Malaysia
Star-Crossed United States
THE ANTI-DOTE United States
the dancing tree Indonesia
The Last Refugee Ukraine
THE ROAD Bangladesh
volatile path Malaysia
WFH Indonesia


Dennis Lai Chiang Ming

Dennis Lai Chaing Ming is a highly acclaimed film producer and screenwriter. He has been involved in film and television production as well as screenwriting full-time since 1989. He was a television assistant director and production manager up until 1996. Some of his most popular films include “Look At Me Touch Me Kiss Me” (2022), “The Iron Lady” (2009), “Ice Kacang Puppy Love” (2010), “King of Mahjong” (2015), “Let’s Eat!” (2016) and more.


Joe Loy

Joe Loy is a music producer, sound engineer, educator, singer, songwriter, musician, and voice talent. Joe’s latest passion is in creative content and kids’ sector, where he creates, curates, and produces edutainment for ages 4 and above. The latest is a program titled “Groove To English”. While not writing songs or crafting the next hit, he is strategically meeting with directors, heads of departments, CEOs, MDs and A&R of creative companies, and startup companies to develop products and content for its relevant markets. His previous commercial works range from post-production for movies such as “Talentime” to sound designing for advertisements, including his recent work “Pulang”, a Raya song for King Cup Sardin. He has worked with noteworthy entertainers and organisers, including Siti Nurhaliza, KL Jazz Festival, and International Gospel Music Festival. He has also worked in numerous international events in Singapore, China, and other parts of the region. As a singer-songwriter, Joe performs for private shows or at the local open mic scene. While not performing or travelling, Joe is an adjunct lecturer at UCSI University and occasionally at Sunway University, teaching live sound, studio sound techniques, and other production workshops. In 2020, Joe was also the recipient of two Cendana grants – the Arts Venue Recovery Program and Create Now programme – that aim to revive and restore practitioners in the local arts and music scene.


Goh Choon Ean

Alongside nearly 40-odd years of conceptualising, capturing, and creating still and moving images, Choon Ean has channelled her efforts into supporting arts and culture, including producing videos, building steel pipe structures, programming workshops, hosting film screenings, and designing tabletop games. She currently runs the LUMA creative studio, an initiative by LiveWire! Media, through which she continues seeking out projects and collaborations that shine a light on how people connect and bring positive change to their communities.

Film Screenings: 2021 & 2022 Finalists


9 July 2022


5.00pm - 11.00pm


Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi


Announcement of Winners


24 July 2022



Streaming Platforms:

George Town Festival Facebook Page & YouTube Channel

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