"This film festival is a first-class event on so many levels! It's truly a filmmakers' festival.” – Dr. Jennifer Camota Luebke, Filmmaker

One of the fastest growing independent film events in the Northwest, the Gig Harbor Film Festival will run in late September, 2019. Located just south of Seattle on the South Puget Sound, Gig Harbor has been called one of the Top Five Small Towns in America by the Smithsonian Magazine. It’s rich heritage, culture and charm are reflected in the warm and enthusiastic reception shown towards filmmakers and audiences.

All digital projection, 16-channel sound, full reclining seats in a luxury theater. Filmmakers and actors who attend will be featured guests at multiple festival events, guaranteeing a memorable experience.

The Gig Harbor Film Festival is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization as defined by the IRS.

Please visit www.gigharborfilm.org or call: 253-851-FILM (3456) for additional information.

All films submitted and exhibited are eligible within the category they were entered.

All films submitted and exhibited are eligible within the category they were entered.

Audience Choice Awards (Feature and Short)
Directors Choice Award (Feature & Short)
The Gig Award (Given to a film that has challenged our thinking and broadened our social awareness. Gig Award nominees inspire hope and action and remind us of the persistent good of humankind.)
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress

Rules & Terms
Gig Harbor Film Festival (GHFF) - Gig Harbor, Washington September 26-29, 2019
All genres accepted

Submission Categories:

Feature Film = 60 minutes or longer runtime
Short Film = 59 minutes or less runtime
Made in Washington (Film must be at least partially filmed in Washington, or at least one key member of the cast/crew must be from Washington State)

Submitters must provide a Preview Screener as a link on either FilmFreeway.com or Vimeo.com including passwords. DVD, Blu-ray, or hard-drive copies of Preview Screeners will not be accepted or viewed.

All entries must be in spoken English or English SUBTITLED.

It is the responsibility of the Entry Submitter to submit their film in the appropriate category. If a film is submitted to an incorrect category, additional costs for re-classifying by GHFF must be paid before the film will be Previewed.

Films selected for exhibition during the 2019 festival, and entered under the Student Fee pricing, will be required to forward a copy of a Student I.D. (valid at the time the film was produced) of either an Executive Producer, Producer or Director as listed in the on-screen credits. If no valid Student I.D. or payment of additional costs for change to the correct Entry fee is received by the Final Deadline, the film will not be exhibited and any entry fees previously received will be forfeited.

Submitters whose films are chosen as an Official Selection for the 2019 Festival will be notified via email by July 15, 2019.

Upon acceptance as an Official Selection, the Submitter must send an Exhibition Screener as either: one (1) professional quality DCP (hard-drive/USB thumb-drive) or two (2) Blu-Ray copies to the GHFF offices for delivery by August 15, 2019.

Costs associated with creating a DCP or Blu-ray Exhibition Screener and shipping to GHFF are the responsibility of the Submitter. GHFF will not accept electronic digital files of Exhibition Screeners without prior agreement and receipt of payment from the Submitter for the transfer of the electronic file to a required format.

Any Exhibition Screeners not received in the GHFF office by August 15, 2019 will be eliminated from the festival and all application fees will be forfeited. We suggest that all entries be shipped with internet tracking options i.e. FedEx, UPS or USPS Certified Mail. Please attach/write the FilmFreeway Tracking Number on all Exhibition Screeners.

Shipping costs for Exhibition Screeners must be paid by the Entry Submitter. Collect or C.O.D. shipments will not be accepted. All Entries originating outside of the United States must be sent "Free Domicile" to the GHFF office with all charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the Entry Submitter. Please include all proper customs documentation required by the shipping company and/or US Customs.

Upon the conclusion of the 2019 GHFF Festival, reasonable efforts will be utilized to return all DCP’s and/or one (1) copy of each Blu-Ray Exhibition Screener originating from the United States, to the Individual listed as the Entry Submitter on the FilmFreeway.com database. GHFF will use USPS First Class mail unless otherwise requested and paid for by the Entry Submitter. The GHFF will retain one (1) copy of each Blu-Ray Exhibition Screener for its archives. Unless previous arrangements and shipping costs have been paid, GHFF will not return any Exhibition Screeners submitted from International addresses.

GHFF accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the GHFF office.

The Official 2019 Gig Harbor Film Festival trademark and bug are the copyrighted property of GHFF and as such may not be used as a marketing or title card element without the express approval of the GHFF Executive Director. As such, any film accepted and exhibited during the 2019 Gig Harbor Film Festival has automatic approval for its use only when used to promote the submitted film in the edited form exhibited during the 2019 Festival.


Gig Harbor Film Festival is hereby granted the irrevocable right to utilize excerpts from any film submitted and accepted for Exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes in various forms of media, online or mobile formats or social media and in any and all other such formats that exist now or may exist in the future.

Individuals or Corporations submitting any film for consideration hereby warrant that they are legally authorized to commit the film for Previewing and possible Exhibition in the Festival and understand and accepts the requirements and regulations as listed above.

Individuals or Corporations submitting any film for consideration shall indemnify and hold harmless the Gig Harbor Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the Preview or Exhibition Screeners entered.

GHFF in no way guarantees the Exhibition of any Submitted film nor its placement in the festival schedule.

Overall Rating
  • Freddy Qaqish

    What a fantastic festival in beautiful GIg Harbor. My short Why We Fight was selected to be screened there. They were one of the very few that offered housing for filmmakers. The Galaxy theater was a great venue. I met lots of great filmmakers and showrunners. Josh and company were so great. I will most definitely submit again once my new short is complete.

    September 2018
  • Braden Friedman

    One of the best festivals I've been too. Would love to be invited back. Gig Harbor is a beautiful city right outside of Seattle and the staff and Programmer Josh Hope were super cool and accommodating. Don't miss this one if you have a chance to go!

    September 2018
  • Cade Taylor

    This was one of the most enjoyable festivals I have attended. The setting was great, everyone was very accommodating and helpful, and Gig Harbor was extremely hospitable to every filmmaker in attendance.

    September 2018
  • Excellent festival! Very nice indeed. Will come back for sure

    September 2018
  • Becky Smith

    Gig Harbor is a gem of a festival. I have been to it twice, 2010 and 2018. It is everything I want in a festival, enthusiastic and large audience (if not first film in the morning), excellent programming of consistently strong films, housing for filmmakers, passionate and kind support staff, great communication from the festival from top to bottom. The volunteers make delicious food, have a great filmmaker's area with the food and drinks. Gig Harbor is beautiful. Sometimes they bring in terrific guests, I met and became friends with Karen Black there! One of the best regional festivals in the US, consistently.

    September 2018