7 Glorious Days for our 7th glorious year! September 25 - October 1, 2020. This is the seventh year of the exciting national and international film festival in the beautiful City of Glendale, California. The theme of 2020 is bringing THE WORLD TOGETHER AS ONE! The Laemmle Theatre and the Studio Movie Grill in Glendale are our fabulous venues.
All genres are invited. International, national and local feature films are invited as well as documentaries, web series, short shorts, animation, student films, and experimental. We are especially looking for films and screenplays with a scientific bent, environmental, the human condition and its journey 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 thought provoking, avant garde idea.
We are seeking submissions from film makers and screenwriters from around the world who can attend this elegant festival, participate in the many events planned as well as the local film makers and screenwriters. Many of the films have gone onto great success and found distribution on television and and theatrical release though their participation in the entire seven days of screening films and reading screenplays representing or made locally by film makers and screenwriters from around the world. For example: "From Armenia With Love," "From Mexico With Love," "From Cuba With Love," "From Latin America With Love," "From Canada With Love," "From China With Love," "From The Philippines With Love." The theme of 2020 is bringing THE WORLD TOGETHER AS ONE!
It is very rewarding to be able to launch great talent in film making and screenwriting but you have to participate and promote you film. We give you all of the tools!
Each film/screenplay that is submitted is watched and read from beginning to end by our panel of judges, so you know you will receive proper consideration of your creative work.
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.
Screenplay Reading Contests! One for short screenplays (20 pages and under), one for full length feature screenplays (under 200 pages). The screenplays are read by professional actors who will enact your screenplay 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. The winners are announced at the conclusion of the readings.
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 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 businesses and restaurants of Glendale. We have been met with praise and have been awarded for our delivery by the Mayor of Glendale Ara Najarian, the Former Mayor of Glendale, Vartan Gharpetian, the 43rd Assembly District, by Laura Friedman and the California State Senate by Anthony Portantino and Supervisor Kathryn Barger of the 25th District. Doing it all again for the love of film making, screenwriting and bringing the cinematic arts to Glendale.
Panel discussions, about film making, screenwriting and men and women in film will enlighten and entertain. Q&A after each block of films along with networking parties, 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 7 day festival.
We are open to all film makers and screenwriters! If you have a film or screenplay about the following subjects, we would love to see it, but this does not exclude other types of films and screenplays. We are having special screening on these subjects, but are open to all film makers with wonderful works:
• Womens’ Health • Women Leaders/ Womens' Empowerment/• Historic Preservation of Homes and Buildings/• Senior Citizens Lifestyle/Care in the Community
• Veteran's Stories and health• Homelessness• Alzheimers Disease • Autism
•Cancer Success stories and Research of all types• Environmental Issues• Films about Cats/Dogs/Horses/Elephants/Lions/Tigers/Whales/Dolphins•
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 area.
RETURNING FILM MAKERS AND SCREENWRITERS!!!!!!!!
For our returning film makers and screenwriters we offer a 25% discount on your submission fees. So, if you have been in the festival in the last five years this discount applies to you!
PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST FEE WAIVERS, WE CANNOT GRANT THOSE AT THIS TIME. DEADLINE WAIVERS ONLY. The reason for this is the expense of the venues we have, it is very expensive to show films in a movie theater that has huge expenses to cover.
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.
BEFORE YOU SUBMIT:
1. The Glendale InteRnational Film Festival (GIFF20) screens on DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Our venue, Laemmle Glendale, uses Christie 4K projectors. Please do not submit to GIFF20 if you cannot provide the Festival with a DCP or convert through SimpleDCP.
2. Studios and Sales Agents: Please do not submit to GIFF20 if you require a fee for screening at GIFF20. As a non-profit arts organization, it is not in our budget.
3. If you cannot attend or do not have a representative to attend the festival please do not submit your film or screenplay.
Categories for Awards
BEST IN FEST - any length any genre
Feature Film - any genre 1 hour or more
BEST FEATURE FILM
International Feature Film - any genre 1 hour or more
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Short Film - any genre under 25 minutes
BEST SHORT FILM
International short Film - any genre under 25 minutes
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
Student Film - any genre any length
BEST STUDENT FILM
BEST STUDENT FILM DIRECTOR
BEST WEB SERIES
BEST SHORT SHORT (under 10 minutes)
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY (under 200 pages)
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY (40 pages and under)
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
BEST ANIMATION FEATURE
BEST ANIMATION SHORT
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST SCI-FI FANTASY
BEST FEMALE FILM MAKER
BEST FEMALE SCREENWRITER
BEST EDITING - FEATURE FILM
BEST EDITING - SHORT FILM
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILM
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - 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
Once accepted into the Glendale International Film Festival, a DCP version of your accepted film must be in the possession of the Glendale International Film Festival no later than AUGUST 1, 2020 . If the DCP is not received by that date you WILL NOT SCREEN, DO NOT ASK FOR EXTENSIONS OR REFUNDS. If you want your film converted to DCP a HD download of accepted film must be sent via Dropbox or other large file transfer service to https://simpledcp.com/glendaleiff2020 and must be in their possession of SIMPLE DCP no later than August 1, 2020. If not received by August 1, 2020 YOU WILL NOT SCREEN. Your film will be converted to DCP by SIMPLE DCP for a nominal fee. https://simpledcp.com/glendaleiff2020. Should you wish to convert your film yourself, please do so and then send it to SIMPLE DCP. You must adhere to all deadlines or your film will not screen.
If you wish to have your screening copy returned, contact SIMPLE DCP for return of your DCP screening copy FROM SIMPLE DCP who will keep a copy on file for you.
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.