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Stimulating the industry of short film, that’s what matters to us. As a gatekeeper we show you qualitative shorts, serve as a platform for young talent and encourage dialogue.

What is Go Short

Go Short is the main short film festival in the Netherlands. The 13th edition of Go Short will take place 8 April 2021. During the 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 filmmakers, 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 a director. The foundation has been registered as a charitable institution (ANBI in Dutch).

What is short film

A short film is no longer than 30 minutes. The medium short film makes an important contribution to the development of fiction, documentary, animation and art films; through this it also stimulates the whole film world.

It's all about the makers

Kirsten Ruber

Film talent

Go Short supports short film talent as much as possible. In the competitions, on campus and through the many organized meetings; Go Short becomes a (international) breeding ground.

Film makers and young talent are important to Go Short. Their films make the festival interesting and innovative for the visitors and for the high amount of (international) professional guests.

Our visitors

This attracts a dynamic mix of young visitors. A lot of visitors are from around the region, mainly Nijmegen. Our film programs are for the young and elderly, but 75% of visitors are younger the age of 35. We have a large online community with a far reach on our social media channels and the blog.


The Belastingdienst  (tax authorities) have recognized Go Short as a cultural charitable institution (ANBI). That means the all donations to Go Short are tax deductible.

More information about this can be found on the Belastingdienst website.

As part of the ANBI regulations Go Short shows insight into its financial situation. See our Annual Report 2017-2018.

Background and positioning

Since the arrival of cinema at the beginning of the 20th century upcoming film makers have been using shorts as expression and established film makers have been using them as showcases.

For a decennia shorts have been leading in the experimentation on a content, narrative, technical and production level. The developments and experiments have also been leading in exhibition and distribution.

The amount of creative makers that are using this art form is growing. This increase in popularity can be tracked back to the worldwide development of digitization and democratization of the media. The recent integration and increase of the media in our daily lives has lead to the growth of short films.

The great amount of short films on the Internet already attests to the interest in this medium. At the same time there is a vagueness and it’s lacking in its overview. Since 2009 Go Short, the only festival exclusive for short films in the Netherlands, have been gatekeepers and thus been able to bring certainty to the overview.



Initiative and concept

  • Lisa ter Berg
  • Kirsten Ruber

Managing board

  • Kirsten Ruber

(Unpaid) Management

  • Henk Beerten (chairman)
  • Raymond de Haas (treasurer)
  • Sytske Kok
  • Genelva Krind
  • Hedda Bruessing
  • Yvonne van Ulden

Advisory Board

  • Caro Delsing
  • Pien Houthoff
  • Sydney Neter
  • Prof. Dr. A.M. Smelik
  • Willemijn de Vries
  • Frank Hoeve
  • Connie Verberne
  • Jenny Booms
  • Carolien Croon
  • Marina Blok


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