9 Days! October 13 - October 22, 2017. This is the fourth year of the exciting national and international film festival in the beautiful City of Glendale, California. Our wonderful venues are the PACIFIC THEATRES GLENDALE at the AMERICANA , the UA LA CANADA 8 REGENCY THEATER and the historic ALEX THEATRE.

The OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA will be held at the historic ALEX THEATRE and will screen the beautifully restored version of THE GODFATHER. The CENTERPIECE GALA will screen the fabulous restored version of LA DOLCE VITA at the PACIFIC THEATRES, AMERICANA.

This year's festival is once again dedicated to All Creatures Great and Small in the Animal Kingdom (especially cats, dogs and horses!) as well as Women Film Makers and Screenwriters! We are also dedicated to creating film making classes and screenwriting classes in the Glendale schools. We are now a non-profit 501(3)(c) and 20% of our proceeds will go to the Glendale schools as an endowment to create film making classes and screenwriting classes for all.

We seek the highest quality films and screenplays. No matter what the story is, it should be told with original words and characters to express the point of the story. It is the stories we want to see and hear about in an original and fresh format with truly unique characters and plots.

Four Screenplay Reading Contests! One for short screenplays (20 pages and under), one for full length feature screenplays (under 200 pages), one for television scripts and one for stage plays. The screenplays are read by professional actors and the selected readings and winners are decided by our judges prior to the readings. A scene from your screenplay (up to 10 pages) will be read in front of a live audience.

Films have the power to transform perspectives. They have been the staple of our cultural identity on both a national and international level. However, many people do not recognize the arduous labor that is involved throughout all departments within film. Our local community of Glendale harbors some of the greatest talented minds that have strayed from conventional systems to create their works. Their passions can be felt through the screened, and it something that should be shared among an audience. Apart from watching the films countless times within an editing room or an office, nothing topples the majesty of watching works projected on a gigantic silverscreen within the solitude of a cinema. The reactions spawned from audience viewers takes the experience even further.

Our mission is to give the opportunity for the filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase their works as well as giving the audience unique experience in watching films that are not of the normal venue. In essence, films you might not see anywhere else.

We have witnessed how our event has benefited the local theatre businesses and restaurants of Glendale. We were met with praise for our delivery, and we plan to do it again for the love of film making.

Panel discussions, networking parties and breakfasts, dinners and good times (lots of parties and fun!) This is where you can meet with your film making friends from around the world, expand your contacts and have great screenings of your work in very elegant surroundings during this 10 day festival.

We have many special awards categories. A spotlight category for Women Film Makers and Screenwriters as well as our special awards for film makers residing in the Glendale/Burbank/Los Angeles/Pasadena areas. International, national and local films are invited as well as web series, short shorts, animation and student films. We are especially looking for films with a scientific bent, environmental and action films with a message! Comedy, drama, sci-fi are all welcome, especially any film, short or screenplay with an unusual idea that has to do with science, research, technology or any other unusual avant garde idea.

Each film/screenplay that is submitted is watched and read from beginning to end by our programmers and judges, so you know you will receive proper consideration of your creative work.

Submit today via online screener for films and pdf for screenplays! Please do not mail or drop off anything as you will not be considered. PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST FEE WAIVERS, WE CANNOT GRANT THOSE AT THIS TIME. DEADLINE WAIVERS ONLY.

Awards & Prizes

Categories for Awards

Feature Film - any genre 1 hour or more
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS

International Feature Film - any genre 1 hour or more
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS

Short Film - any genre under 25 minutes
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS

International short Film - any genre under 25 minutes
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS

Student Film - any genre any length
BEST STUDENT FILM
BEST DIRECTOR

Web Series - any genre up to 12 episodes 15 minutes or less each episode. 3 episodes will be played in sequence throughout the festival screening blocks and may include all 12 episodes
BEST WEB SERIES
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS

BEST SHORT SHORT (under 10 minutes)

BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY (under 200 pages)
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY (20 pages and under)
BEST TELEVISION SCRIPT
BEST STAGE PLAY

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
BEST ANIMATION FEATURE
BEST ANIMATION SHORT
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST TRAILER
BEST SCI-FI FANTASY
BEST HORROR/THRILLER
BEST TELEVISION PILOT

BEST FEMALE FILM MAKER
BEST FEMALE SCREENWRITER

BEST EDITING - FEATURE FILM
BEST EDITING - SHORT FILM

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILM
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - SHORT FILM

BEST MAKE UP - FEATURE FILM
BEST MAKE UP - SHORT FILM

SPECIAL AWARDS - OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF GLENDALE, CA ONLY
BEST FILM MAKER IN GLENDALE, CA
BEST STUDENT FILM MAKER IN GLENDALE, CA
BEST SCREENWRITER IN GLENDALE, CA
BEST GLENDALE DOCUMENTARY

SPECIAL AWARDS - OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF BURBANK, CA ONLY
BEST FILM MAKER IN BURBANK, CA
BEST STUDENT FILM MAKER IN BURBANK, CA
BEST SCREENWRITER IN BURBANK, CA

SPECIAL AWARDS - OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF PASADENA, CA ONLY
BEST FILM MAKER IN PASADENA, CA
BEST STUDENT FILM MAKER IN PASADENA, CA
BEST SCREENWRITER IN PASADENA, CA

Rules & Terms

Once accepted into the Glendale International Film Festival, an HD download of accepted film must be sent via Dropbox or other large file transfer service to giffprogramming@gmail.com and must be in the possession of the Glendale International Film Festival no later than September 12, 2017. No materials, either screening copies or projection copies will be returned. If you wish to have your screening copy returned, please include a UPS or FEDX account number for return of your DCP screening copy. I hereby grant Glendale International Film Festival the unlimited right to utilize all production information, actor and key personnel likenesses, trailers, production photographs, posters, web sites, etc., in any and all situations deemed necessary by the festival organizers, agents, or promoters, for the expressed intention of publicizing the festival, without further license or permission from the filmmaker. All DCP formatted films are sent with no liability on the part of the Glendale International Film Festival as to damage to the DCP sled and if a replacement is needed, it is at your cost.

Glendale International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted and accepted film, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the Glendale International Film Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or the Festival event via print, web and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Glendale International Film Festival, it's vendors, sponsors and supporters 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 screening videos entered.

All presentation materials for the Glendale International Film Festival must arrive in Glendale no later than September 12, 2017. Please notify us by mail, fax or email of any address changes.

Once accepted into festival you will need to have your film converted to DCP format. If you already have your film in DCP format you will be notified where to send your sled. If you do not have a DCP please send an HD download via dropbox or any other large file transfer service via email to: giffprogramming@gmail.com and your film will be converted to DCP for $100 for under 1 hour and $200 for over 1 hour. Should you wish to convert your film yourself, please do so and then we will let you know where to send it for screening.

31 Reviews

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    Angela Landis

    Velvet and her staff were very kind and always available to answer questions. We had a great time at our screening and were impressed with the quality of all the other films we saw.

    November 2017
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    Erica Brookhart

    This was my first film festival and it was a wonderful experience. I feel so fortunate to have been given the chance to showcase my film, after other festivals overlooked us because we were new. Velvet is open to new filmmakers showcasing their talents, and I am so honored that I was given this opportunity! The festival itself was very impressive and the filmmakers and films were all very professional.

    November 2017
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    Björn Engström

    I had a marvellous week and met a lot of other filmmakers. The panels on screenwriting and filmmaking were great, I just wish there were more events like them during the week. The awards ceremony was very enjoyable, and I even won some very nice awards!

    November 2017
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    diana woody

    Great festival! I enjoyed the films and the panels.

    October 2017
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    Breno Seabra Guimaraes

    Vekvet Rhodes and her team are very kind and receptives and she is very respectable in the cinema universe in Los Angeles. It was an honor to win the Best International Short Film, Best Director and Best Actress Awards with my film Strange Paradise, wich I am Script writer as well. Thank you very much for the whole Glendale International Film Festival Team. Greetings from Brazil!
    Breno Augusto Guimarães
    (Script Writer, Actor and Executive Producer)

    October 2017