The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIIFF) is happy to take audiences and moviegoers on a global journey celebrating culture through art and film. Please be a part of this experience by submitting your films for the 8th Annual Garifuna Indigenous International Film Festival.

The GIIFF, currently one of the nation’s most prestigious film festivals celebrating Garifuna, the Caribbean and indigenous cultures from around the world will be held on May 2019 in Venice, California.
Since its launch, the GIIFF has showcased a variety of films and documentaries created by Garifuna filmmakers as well as many other indigenous people and has hosted panel discussions, workshops, cultural presentations & Award Ceremony. It is, in essence, a venue that reconciles, entertains and portrays the very diverse and brilliant cultures to participants and attendees of the festival.
A professional panel of judges from the entertainment industry for Awards
Opening night event includes Black Carpet /media coverage!
Closing Night ceremony Black Carpet
Ambassador of Music Awards Live Music and performances
Award Ceremony/ recognitions
Filmmakers Workshops
Mental Health Awareness Symposium.
Fashion presentation
Art exhibition

Engraved Plaques issued!
Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival Award
is a Humanitarian Award for a film or documentary that embodies change in the world that teaches and bring awareness to the causes of the indigenous.

Jury Award
Visionary Award
Best Documentary
Best Narrative
Garifuna Heritage Award
Garifuna International Indigenous Awareness Award
Animation Awareness of Culture Award
Indigenous preservation


– Feature films must have been completed prior to January 1, 2019

– World premieres of feature-length films and shorts are a high priority for the Garifuna International Film Festival, but GIFF will also present films and documentaries that have had prior screenings (as long as the subject matter is relevant to GIFF’s mission statement)

– Feature films that have had commercial, theatrical, television or internet play in the US are eligible. We encourage all cultures to participate.

*Indigenous groups with a film/documentary will have the opportunity to qualify for scholarship funding

– Feature films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival consideration and presentation

– Please observe the running time frames for your submission:

Feature-length Fiction and Documentary films 75 – 90 minutes
Short films 20 – 30 minutes
Mid-length short films 45 – 60 minutes)
– Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission

– Any film or documentary that is relevant to the mission statement of the Garifuna International Film Festival will be accepted. We will accept preview BLU RAY 's that are works-in-progress as well as films with temporary soundtracks or digital outputs

– Filmmakers must deliver final projects in Digital format, Poster & flyers
Screening format for short films digital format, Poster & flyers

Screening format for feature films: digital format, Poster & flyers

Screening format for documentaries: digital format, Poster & flyers

*University/College filmmakers submission: digital format, Poster & flyers

At GIIFF, we believe in supporting and encouraging young filmmakers (especially those who are from indigenous cultures ).
The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival accepts's submissions from students filmmakers in accredited University/College filmmaking programs.

Submissions from artists and fashion designers whose art and fashion reflects as well as depicts cultural awareness.`

Overall Rating
  • Bilal Morris

    This is my third entry as a filmmaker in the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIIFF). The 7th. Annual has been rated for me as the best because of the wide array of international indigenous films that they continue to expand on. The quality of films on the indigenous Garifuna is also highly credited to the producers keen sense and appreciation for the Garifuna culture of Central America and the Caribbean.

    June 2018
  • Jani Lauzon

    So sad I wasn't able to make it. Friends who attended said it was fantastic. Great communication and such an important festival.

    June 2018
  • Ela Beken

    We won the Best Foreign Film award for „ A Piece of Germany „ on June 3rd, at the Garifuna Internatinal Indigenous Film Festival in Venice, Los Angeles. I am so grateful to receive this wonderful recognition. This was such a great inspirational and really a distinguished film festival. This is a film festival, that cares about humanity and peace in the world. A film festival that inspires you and welcomes you like your own family. Thank you so much Freda Sideroff and Dr Sideroff for everything.

    June 2018
  • Kasha Fauscett

    Awesome festival!! Very grateful to be accepted!!

    June 2018
  • Tom Strnad

    What a pleasure to be part of this unique and important festival. Best wishes for future editions.

    June 2018