Call for Entries for FirstGlance Film Fest 21 Philadelphia
Named one of the TOP RATED Film Festivals on FilmFreeway

For the 1st 21 days, USE PROMO CODE- FGPA21
Your entry fee is only $21 for short categories and $31 for Features

PLUS YOU'VE SPOKEN and we listened, we've dropped our entry fees across the board for the entire call for entries period!

Accepting Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Action and all genres from filmmakers of every gender, color, ethnicity, country and level.
FirstGlance is an all inclusive and diverse event.
From first time filmmakers to Professionals from down the street to across the globe!

Features, Shorts, Documentary, Animation, Live Action, Web Series, Music Videos, Original Concept Trailers, Student Films

The 21st Annual FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia screens local and international professional, first time, and student filmmakers, celebrating the best in indie film making from across the globe and locally produced Philadelphia Area Filmmakers.
Screenings, Red Carpet, Live Awards Presentation and Nominations in over 25 categories!

Get ready for our BIGGEST EVENT YET!

Over 20 nominating categories the screening committee will award to Official Selections, plus Best of Audience awards for each category, and BEST OF FEST award winners.

Prize Package include production services, gear rentals and post production software.

FirstGlance Film Festivals are the longest running international bi-coastal indie film festivals in the United States. FirstGlance has theatrically screened over 1900 films to over 180,000 attendees and has the most active Short Online Contest, having screened over 675 short films to over 190,000 online viewers and voters over the past 10 years.

FirstGlance Film Fests have a 97% track record with feature films (Narrative and Documentary) acquiring VOD, theatrical and Pay Cable distribution.
FirstGlance has recently completed a deal to license science fiction shorts and web series for an amazing online streaming network, offering filmmakers a non exclusive, cash up front short term licensing deal.

Named 5 times as a Best Film Festival Investment by Moviemaker Magazine
and named by Time Magazine as, "One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us"
And FilmFreeway's Top 100 Film Festivals!

Semi-Finalists in our Shorts Categories are invited to take part in our very successful Short Online Contest, that has been running twice yearly alongside our physical festival for the opportunity to win over $2000 in prizes and a place in our next FirstGlance Film Festival.

The Best of Fest Award Winner prizes furnished by Sony Software, Entertainment Partners, ShowBiz Software, Movie Magic, Red Giant, Boris FX, Glidecam, Video Blocks, Audio Blocks, Graphic Stock, The Takes, Jungle Software, Beachtek, ShotListerApp, InkTip, Birns and Sawyer and more.
Value of Goods/Services: 20,000 U.S. Dollars Annually

Short Online Contest- Over $2000 in prizes and premiere at our next film festival, FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia 21 (Fall 2018)

BONUS PRIZES: Any category that receives over 200 entries the winning film in that category will be awarded a CASH PRIZE

Student entries must include copy of current semester bill and copy of student ID by email. All official selections will be notified of acceptance by E-mail. (Make sure your address is current) Accepted projects cannot be publicly exhibited in the Los Angeles area at any time within a one-month period of the festival start date. If this occurs, FirstGlance has the right to refuse exhibition. After acceptance of projects, the entrant is free to publicize his/her work to any and all media she/he deems necessary. Please notify FirstGlance of any media support you receive. The undersigned entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless FirstGlance Films, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, partners, sponsors, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses(including, without limitations, attorneys' fees). The undersigned entrant authorizes FirstGlance Film Festival, to promote the entry in whole or in part for any publicity purpose prior to, during, and after the competition. You agree to be bound by these guidelines and the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects and to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the contest or the rules. The signature of applicant constitutes that the entrants information is true and correct and agrees to all competition rules and guidelines. Disclaimer: If any categories submissions does not receive high enough scores from our screening committee, FirstGlance has the right to discontinue the category for a specific festival.

Overall Rating
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    Carroll Brown

    A great festival, and a great team to work with -- very communicative and supportive, and went above and beyond when we encountered some technical difficulties.

    March 2018
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    Fred Macdonald

    A great experience, and a wonderful festival!

    December 2017
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    Thiago DaDalt

    One of the best Festivals I have ever been part of. Bill and his team are the best. If you get an official selection, have in mind that your film is pretty good and will compete with really good movies. Can't wait to come back.

    October 2017
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    rene Ashton

    The Firstglance Film Festival Philadelphia, is a fantastic film festival. It was my second time in this festival and Bill Ostroff is the ultimate Film festival director. He is so organized and communicates quite well with the film makers though out the process from the beginning to the end. He personally watches each and every film in the festival and is very hands on with the filmmakers and judges. The Kimmel Center was an amazing venue for opening night! Bravo Bill. Great selection of films and a fun festival to be at in person. I highly recommend submitting to either his Fristglance LA or Philadelphia film festivals. This is one of the best run film festivals out there. Don't miss this one.

    October 2017
  • Amazing festival, great communication. I didnĀ“t get the chance to assist, but they did a great job, on making it update with videos and information online, so I did follow everything online. I wish next time to get the chance to assist in person. Thank you very much for you amazing award, and looking forward to see you on my future projects. Best regards from Argentina!

    October 2017