Our mission is to bring the surrounding Gallup communities together to be entertained by the films that made us fall in love with “The Movies.” At the same time, we are embracing the independent lens of today’s thought provoking and game-changing filmmakers from across the country and around the globe. We invite you to join us as we share in a one-of-a-kind experience, the power of watching timeless stories told on the silver screen.

We believe stories shape and transform who we are and what we do both individually and collectively. We produce, promote and present socially conscious media in addition to our annual festival of film and the related arts, which celebrates the art of being human and the craft of being an artist and storyteller. We strive to work with filmmakers, storytellers, artists, musicians and change makers to bring about a more tolerant and compassionate world. We do this through the responsible use of community resources-producing educational workshops, lectures and screenings-all while representing the unique character of the Southwest.

Awards & Prizes

Best Narrative Feature
Best Director (Feature)
Best Screenplay (Feature)
Best Cinematography (Feature)
Best Editing (Feature)
Best Male Performance (Feature)
Best Female Performance (Feature)
Best Documentary Feature
Best Foreign Film

Best Short Film
Best Short Comedy
Best Documentary Short
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Sci-fi/Fantasy
Best Music Video
Best Web Series/ New Media
Best New Mexico Film
Best Language Preservation Film

Audience Awards
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary
Best Foreign Film
Best Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Sci-fi/Fantasy
Best Music Video
Best Web Series/ New Media
Best New Mexico Film
Best Language Preservation Film

Rules & Terms

Submission Requirements

1. Film must have been completed after Jan 2015.
2. Filmmakers must provide ownership.
3. Copyright material cannot be used without proper documentation or submission will be disqualified.
4. Films must be submitted via online screener.
5. All non English films must have English subtitles.
6. Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.
7. You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay entry fee for each film.
8. Request to waive submission fee will be denied. All entries require a submission fee.

Competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Please check individual categories for additional requirements.

By submitting your film, the filmmaker represents that he/she is authorized to submit this film for screening at the 2017 Gallup Film Festival. The filmmaker acknowledges that the film may be screened more than once during the festival. The filmmaker(s) grants the Gallup Film Festival the nonexclusive right to use submitted materials in connection with any and all publicity and promotional materials regarding the festival. The filmmaker(s) warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agree to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend the Gallup Film Festival and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.

The filmmaker(s) also acknowledges that the film submission fee does not guarantee acceptance and no refund will be provided if your film is not selected.

If the filmmaker(s) does not comply with the deadline to receive the film, the film can be pulled from the festival lineup. Acceptance does not guarantee a juried slot, but the filmmaker(s) will be notified upon acceptance if a juried film in competition or a special screening. All films are in competition for the audience award.

15 Reviews

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    Brad Bennett

    Gallup is unique and great festival on the rise south west! Festival staff was warm and had great communication with general requirements and deadlines. We won Best Editing at the festival, fun experience for sure!

    November 2017
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    Ramon Torres

    We were unable to attend but the festival did a good job of keeping the filmmakers up to date.

    October 2017
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    Jeffrey Williams

    Had a really fun time attending the Gallup Film Festival. Great staff that helped us have an enjoyable screening.

    October 2017
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    Marc Kornblatt

    The communication I had with the Gallup Film Festival was excellent. They were so cordial and accommodating that I was sorry I couldn't attend. (That's why I was unable to rate all six categories.) Hopefully, I'll have something new to submit to them next year, and I can make it out to New Mexico.

    September 2017
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    Barri Chase

    Gallup Film Festival is a wonderful event. They also have great awards available. Our film won three awards and we couldn't be more proud and happy with our experience. Thank you GFF ~ The Watchman's Canoe Team

    September 2017