13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Best Documentary Short

This award honors the most creative and effective use of a short, documentary-style film to bring awareness to a social good campaign, initiative or project. The length of the film must be 40 minutes or less, to be eligible.

See previous winners and honorees here.


Lessons of Auschwitz: VR tribute by school students
The Holocaust. One of the most inhumane events in history in which approximately 6 million Jews were deliberately and systematically exterminated during World War II by the nazis. The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and its endless barracks in ruins, remain one of the world’s most painful memorial sites and serve as a living reminder of wha…
A Piece Of Me
For decades, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has promoted the abandonment of female genital mutilation (FGM); an extreme violation of the rights of women and girls, and a manifestation of deeply entrenched gender inequality. With 68 million girls at risk of being mutilated by 2030, UNFPA had to reach beyond its usual audience in the …
This short film was a part of a short documentary series entitled DREAMS: Unsung Heroes of African American History, produced by Wondros and Round Mound Media to accompany a Black history curriculum on an online educational platform made available across middle schools and high schools across the United States, particularly for students who otherw…
In response to the global social and political unrest  of 2019 (Catalonia, Haiti, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Lebanon, France etc) and the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, we wanted to give coverage and attention to what was happening in a visually interesting way that would reach a massive audience via social media without compromising…
Tending to the Wounds of Homelessness During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Since 2008, Invisible People has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered stories of homeless people from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Our videos get up close and personal with veterans, mothers, children, layoff victims, and others who have been forced into homelessness …


AARP Veteran Caregiving Profile: The Challenge of Caring for a Veteran With Survivor’s Guilt
One of AARP’s core missions is to provide support, hope, and resources to family caregivers. In the United States, an estimated 53 million adults are family caregivers and of that, over 5.5 million of them are military families. These are parents, partners and friends who provide care for a wounded, ill or injured service member or veteran.   AARP create…
One Call A Day
In the face of a pandemic spreading fear and isolation, Cox wanted to demonstrate the power of connectedness to get through difficult times and remind the world what’s most important right now: each other. Particularly vulnerable during this crisis are older adults. Not only do seniors have an increased health risk for COVID, but those in assisted- livin…
Orme Ranch Forever
The Orme Ranch, located in Yavapai County, is situated on more than 26,000 acres of pristine riparian habitat, grasslands and mesa. It was founded more than 140 years ago as the Quarter Circle V Bar Ranch. When it was purchased in 1929, The Orme School was founded on the property. The ranch and school have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship over the past 100 …
Welcome to Chechnya Culture Closeup with Roxane Gay and David France (Documentary Short)
Our objective was to drive awareness around the new documentary Welcome to Chechnya and generate discussion around the atrocities of Chechnya’s gay purge, via social engagements (reach, views, likes, comments). Further, we sought to partner with influential, credible talent who can help amplify the message through social engagement
When The Mask Comes Off
When the pandemic struck earlier this year, Direct Relief ramped up to become the largest charitable provider of PPE in the United States, delivering tens of millions of masks, gowns, gloves, other protective items and medicines valued at over $195 million. This ongoing effort has afforded us a unique vantage point of frontline heroes, their daily struggles…
Who Are We!?
How do you make a beer commercial in the wake of Hurricane Dorian? KALIK - The Beer Of The Bahamas - wanted to assume a more progressive role in Bahamian society, becoming a "cultural catalyst" that unites Bahamians and propels the Bahamian people forward. KALIK wanted to lead the charge in a national conversation aimed at bringing together different ide…

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

shorty awards finalists will be announced in mid-march!