We here at GlennFest Film Festival love movies of all shapes and time lengths, and want to share them with the world! But all over the world, there are great movies that are maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, and that can make it hard to see them—and that’s where we come in.

How and Why We Got Started
Just a few years ago, a sweeping arts movement began to trickle through the city of Downey, the LA suburban town that hosts GlennFest. Before that movement, public art events were noticeably absent from the area. Art and film enthusiasts were expected to drive for 30 minutes (or longer) into Downtown LA to enjoy the festivities of public art events, including film festivals.

Realizing the importance of introducing art and film to underserved areas, GlennFest founder, Glenn Stephens, concentrated his resources on incorporating independent and artistic films by way of a film festival. Glenn knew that these films, though excellent works of film making, may not get the opportunity to screen in areas that don’t have art-house theaters, because they lack broad commercial appeal.

And so, in 2012, GlennFest was born. The festival boomed from a small, single weekend event to a multi-day celebration of films in various languages and from various countries. Billed as “Movies of Special Interest,” Glenn approaches his film selections with an eye toward movies that appeal to niche audiences.

In the past, the featured films have ranged from a Dutch comedy, to an award-winning Chinese animated features, to an awe-inspiring Latin American documentary. GlennFest generally focuses on films of special interest, but we also screen musical, comedy, and other types of films. Some of the films selected have gone through the film festival circuit and others are rising from the reel.

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  • maria eugenia lombardi

    The whole team was friendly and committed to the works. I am fully grateful to have had the opportunity to present my film at the festival, without this type of event, independent films would not reach certain publics. Thank you!

    October 2019
  • What an honor it was to have Summer of '67 included in the GlennFest Film Festival. While we were unable to attend, we were kept in the loop the entire process. Glenn and his team provided far more communication than is typical, and it was obvious that they truly care about the filmmakers as well as the Downey community.

    October 2018
  • Daniel Ademinokan

    This was an amazing experience. Glenn and his team were so remarkable. Communication was on point. Hospitality was awesome. The screening was the world premiere of my film and they made sure the event weren't smoothly. I loved every moment in Downey and I look forward to attending next year. I highly recommend this festival.

    October 2018