9 Days! October 5 - October 13, 2018. This is the fifth year of the exciting national and international film festival in the beautiful City of Glendale, California. The glorious Laemmle Glendale is our host venue in the center of downtown Glendale. Our opening night gala is on Friday, October 5, 2018 and the Awards Show will be held on Saturday October 13, 2018. The theme of 2018 is bringing THE WORLD TOGETHER AS ONE!

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.

This year as before we are honoring Women Film Makers and have special categories for Short Films By Women and Feature Films by Women along with many awards.

We are 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 2018 is bringing THE WORLD TOGETHER AS ONE!

Our film makers have gone on to great success with distribution of their films, appearances on television of their work as well as many accolades and awards. It is very rewarding to be able to launch great talent in film making and screenwriting.

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. Awards will be presented at the Awards Show on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

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, Vartan Gharpetian, the 43rd Assembly District, by Laura Friedman and the California State Senate by Anthony Portantino and we plan to do it 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 9 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/Burbank/Los Angeles/Pasadena areas.

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 four years this discount applies to you!

PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST FEE WAIVERS, WE CANNOT GRANT THOSE AT THIS TIME. DEADLINE WAIVERS ONLY.

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.

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 STUDENT FILM DIRECTOR

BEST WEB SERIES
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS

BEST SHORT SHORT (under 10 minutes)

BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY (under 200 pages)
BEST STUDENT FEATURE SCREENPLAY (under 200 pages)

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY (40 pages and under)
BEST STUDENT 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 TRAILER
BEST SCI-FI FANTASY
BEST HORROR/THRILLER

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

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 31, 2018. If the DCP is not received by that date you WILL NOT SCREEN. 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/glendaleiff2018 and must be in their possession of SIMPLE DCP no later than AUGUST 18, 2018. If not received by AUGUST 18, 2018 YOU WILL NOT SCREEN. Your film will be converted to DCP by SIMPLE DCP for a nominal fee. https://simpledcp.com/glendaleiff2018. 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. You will will be contacted by phone and email with directions where to send your DCP, downloads and payments, so be sure your phone and email is up to date.

If you wish to have your screening copy returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, 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.

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  • Gary Karapetyan

    Amazing film festival! This festival went beyond my expectations! Great locations, great staff, and great films. Proud and privileged to have my film be part of the festival! Thank you!

    February 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Gary, likewise you are amazing and we hope to see you again this year!

  • Linda Higdon

    We were delighted to be part of the 2017 Glendale Film Festival and included in the documentary section at the Public Library. Our attendance was somewhat low but the good news is that we were included alongside excellent filmmakers. Communication was great!

    January 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Linda, it was such a pleasure to see you and your great film. I really hope you can return this year.

  • Severine Re

    Glendale International Film Festival was an amazing experience. Velvet and her staff were incredibly well organized and everything from promotion to programming to location was fantastic. The staff did a great job by doing my DCP which looked incredible on screen in the Pacific Theater. All of the three theaters for the festivals looked beautiful and were in a very elegant and wonderful location. The festival also had gorgeous and extensive program printouts. Communication was also great and really fast. The Opening Gala was one of the highlights as the Alex is a beautiful venue and I met many other filmmakers. It was a great experience for networking. The programming and promotion stuff is also great and does a beautiful job in filming and editing interviews and creating an excellent and visual program. I am glad I was able to come from New York and can highly recommend to attend the whole week as you will get the most out of it and get inspired by multiple diverse films from around the world and meet great filmmakers.

    January 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Looking forward to seeing you again and so happy that you attended and had a good time!

  • 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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    Response from festival:

    Angela, it was a pleasure meeting you and seeing your great film.

  • 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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    Response from festival:

    Erica you are amazing and we all look forward to seeing you again.