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.

All full length films accepted must provide a DVD or Blu-Ray and backup. Downloaded versions will not be accepted.
Non-English films must have English Sub-Titles.
Because of Covid. Event dates and locations are estimates.
This is not a virtual film festival.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so much for choosing my movie "Talking to the Starry Sky".
    I want to participate in a real film festival someday.
    Let's meet again!

    October 2021
  • Mark Hamilton

    Thank you for choosing 'The Suit' for the GlennFest Film Festival! Honoured to be awarded with The Beatrice Platt Romano Award!

    November 2020
  • Pavlos Vissariou

    Thanks for choosing our movie "Nostos", it is our great honor !!! Communication all this time has been excellent. Thank you for this unique experience we had at the wonderful festival GlennFest Film Festival.

    November 2020
  • Roger Barker

    Hope the festival gets to go ahead in November 2020. In the meantime, the online schedule of official selections looks awesome. The organisers have made a fine effort of promoting the films due to be screened.

    October 2020
  • Our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" got official selection which is a great encouragement for us.

    October 2020