The Glendale International Film Festival is a celebration of the art of filmmaking and the contribution of the cinematic arts to our culture. Celebrating 8 years, GIFF is dedicated to uniting the world through film and is a platform for filmmakers in all stages of their careers locally, nationally, and globally.

The seven-day festival will take place in person from Thursday, September 29-Thursday, October 6, 2022 in Glendale, CA, located in Los Angeles County and will feature screenings, special programs, Q&As, panel discussions, and networking opportunities with fellow industry professionals.

The Glendale International Film Festival will be presented by Glendale Arts, the city's premier arts organization and a long-time non-profit partner of the festival.

Submit your projects today and we'll look forward to seeing you in September!



1. The Glendale International Film Festival screens on DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Please do not submit to GIFF2022 if you cannot provide the Festival with a DCP or convert through SimpleDCP.

2. Studios and Sales Agents: Please do not submit to GIFF2022 if you require a fee for screening at GIFF2022.

Categories for Awards

Feature Film (any genre 40 minutes or more)
- Best Feature Film
- Best International Feature Film
- Best Animation Feature Film

Short Film (any genre up to 40 minutes)
- Best Short Film
- International Short Film
- Best Animation Short Film

Best Short Short (any genre up to 10 minutes)

Best Horror / Thriller

Student Film
- Best Student Film - any genre, any length
- Best Student Music Video (under 5 minutes)

The Velvet Award - Named for the Founder of the Glendale International Film Festival, The Velvet Award will be presented to an outstanding female filmmaker.

Best Feature Screenplay (40 pages or more)
Best Short Screenplay (up to 40 pages)

1. All entries must be delivered by stated dates. Late entries cannot be considered.
2. Entrant must provide an email and phone number as contact information.
3. Entrant warrants that there are NO DISPUTES regarding the ownership of their submitted film. If there is a dispute, the film will be disqualified.
4. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
5. No project is definitively and officially accepted until our hard-copy contract is signed by the project's producer(s).
6. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, print, web, and at live Festival events.
7. All decisions made by judges, programmers, and organizers will be final, and NO REFUND of entry fee will be permitted.
8. The Glendale International Film Festival reserves the right to remove a film, project or screenplay from the festival program for any reason or for no reason, and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal. In case the film, project or screenplay in question is disqualified, or is unable to screen due to technical or operational difficulties, or if your film needs to be rescheduled, delayed, or removed from the program for any reason, the filmmaker (cast, crew or anyone involved with the project in question) are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind.
9. 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 (date To Be Confirmed). If the DCP is not received by such date, entrant's project will not be screened and no extensions or refunds will be granted.

I hereby grant Glendale International Film Festival the unlimited right to utilize all production information, actor and key personnel likenesses, trailers, production photographs, posters, websites, 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 entrant's 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 Festiva and its organizers, 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.

Overall Rating
  • Cherie Kerr

    Great people to work with! We appreciated being a selection. Justin was great and highly responsive to our questions. We hope to have something for them next year. Terrific experience:))

    August 2021
  • Stephen Mills

    Justin Smith took over the festival and did a fantastic job. We had a great Q & A with him and he asked super questions and gave us a great opportunity to speak about our film. We got lots of nominations and one win for Cinematographer Steven Fadellin. Very grateful to Justin for his care and humor and genuine interest in our film. Stephen Keep Mills, writer/director "Love is not Love"

    November 2020
  • Veronica Robledo

    Great festival to network and be recognized for your hard work and passion. Justin and team are very welcoming and professional. I loved everything about this festival!

    November 2020
  • Robert Husted

    A truly wonderful fest run by amazing people who really care about filmmakers!! Everything from the screenings themselves, to the Q&As, to the awards ceremony were all handled awesomely - we really had an incredible time and can't recommend this festival enough!!!

    November 2020
  • Arsen A. Ostojic

    I loved the enthusiasm and professionalism of the entire festival team including the director Justin Smith. My communication with him and his colleagues was great and they all made sure I had a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I wasn't able to be physically present at the festival, but I do look forward to opportunities in the future to present my next projects at GIFF and come as a guest. I recommend it.

    November 2020