Welcome to the Global Grit Film Festival, the festival for creatives the world over to "cut their teeth" on show biz.

Our panel is composed of internationally recognized filmmakers, including writers, directors, editors, actors, composers, and film festival veterans.

We will put you through the paces, because we've been put through the paces ourselves.

We are all frustrated with other so-called festivals that do nothing to help artists grow. Browse FilmFreeway and feast your eyes on all the lazy generic laurels that “online film awards” give out like candy. On the other end of the spectrum – in the event you finally find more competitive and taciturn contests – many leave you wondering “what could I have done better?”

This is why we've developed the five-point GRIT GAUGE and offer feedback on every. single. entry.

We all seek to grow as creators, and that involves being taken down a peg as often as it does being rightly praised.

Enter the maw, exit with confidence.

- The Panel

"So... Global Grit guys, why should I give you my beaucoup bonkers bucks? What kinds of fabulous awards and prizes do you have lined up for me?"
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ALL ENTRANTS

Picture this - you've dropped a few bills on some film festivals and the fateful day finally arrives, only for you to be rejected without so much as a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am. Hell, you may have already experienced this!

That's why, love you or hate you, ALL ENTRANTS receive a GRIT GAUGE SCORE and personalized feedback from our panel. (Poke around, other festivals charge you extra just to say you suck.)

Screenplay entrants will receive feedback in the form of text (<2 paragraphs) while film submissions have the opportunity to receive our world-first GRIT TRAX. Think of GRIT TRAX as a personalized focus test; our panelists will make an audio recording of their impressions in real-time /while the film is in progress/, which allows creators to get a moment-to-moment demonstration of professional opinion. That is followed by a brief review that evaluates your film's overall quality. It's honest, it's off-the cuff, it's one-of-a-kind.

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OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Remember how we were dissing all those loser laurels a couple of sections back? Well, should you become an OFFICIAL SELECTION you'll be granted the best laurels in the biz.

That's right, our darling RICTUS LAURELS will be the envy of your competitors, boasting high resolution disembodied teeth that will surely raise questions like "What the hell is this?"

You are entitled to use your laurels however you see fit - in trailers, promotional materials, tattooed to your body - you've earned it! Along with a public screening, of course.

In addition, OFFICIAL SELECTIONS will be listed on our website with a hyperlink of the creators' choosing. Want to promote your film's website or your personal demo reel? Be our guest...if you prove yourself.

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BEST OF SHOW WINNERS

Now before you say "IF ONLY THE FESTIVAL WERE OFFERING A STAMPED METAL CERTIFICATE ADORNED WITH THAT LOVABLE MASCOT RICTUS AS A BEST OF SHOW PRIZE-" know that we are doing just that, yep.

BEST OF SHOW winners receive the coveted GRITTY in addition to the RICTUS laurels, even more detailed feedback, and promotion on the Global Grit Film Festival Website.

BEST OF SHOW, SHORT FILM
BEST OF SHOW, FEATURE FILM
BEST OF SHOW, STUDENT FILM
BEST OF SHOW, SHORT SCREENPLAY
BEST OF SHOW, FEATURE SCREENPLAY
BEST OF SHOW, STUDENT SCREENPLAY

SUBMISSIONS

We accept projects regardless of premiere status, date of completion, or country of origin. English-language, dubbed, or subtitles required. We accept screeners exclusively through FIlmFreeway. All entry fees are non-refundable.

The Global Grit Film Festival will accept rough cuts of films that are slated to be completed at the latest by the Notification Date. If your film is a rough cut, please specify so that we may keep in correspondence with you regarding its status.

Should your film become an OFFICIAL SELECTION, we will need a high-quality digital file for exhibition. You will have two weeks between the Notification Date and Event Date to get them to us.
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NOTIFICATION

We will email your submission results on May 20th. If accepted, your exhibition copy will need to be delivered to us by May 27th.
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VENUE

Lincoln's Beard Brewing Co. has graciously allowed us to shanghai their lavish facilities. Located in the Bird Road Art District, this location has everything a young film festival needs to grow up big and strong - beer. Partnered with Tacos & Tattoos, they'll make sure you have plenty of food to sop up all that alcohol.

Keep watching our page and Facebook/Twitter feeds for updates and announcements.

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THE "COVERING OUR ASSES" PART

Entrant represents and warrants that all materials submitted shall be original work of the applicant (and its employees, if any), and not of any third party. Entrant warrants that it has good and marketable title to the entire submitted work. Entrant releases The Global Grit Film Festival and its organizers from any and all claims and causes of action whatsoever (including, without limitation, any infringement or violation of personal and/or property rights of any sort including, to the maximum extent permitted by law, defamation) arising from the use, production, promotion, distribution and exploitation, and presentation of the film. Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold The Global Grit Film Festival harmless (including its directors, officers, and employees) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, suits, damage costs, and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs), and damages suffered, incurred, arising out of, or related to any claims that any part(s) or all of the film infringe upon any copyright or trademark (statutory or common law); constitute an invasion of the right of privacy or publicity; constitute a defamation; or constitute an infringement of any other right or any kind, of any third party.

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  • John McElroy

    The great thing about this festival is that you KNOW they have seen your film, because they record audio as they watch your film. Cool to hear the immediate feedback. Then afterwards, they finalize with a review summary with the weak and strong points of the film. Great Idea!

    October 2018
  • Great fest, lots of fun communication, sure glad I entered! 😎🎬

    July 2018
  • Amanda Cat

    Even though me and the crew were not able to attend the festival, we only have positive comments for Global Grit. This festival is fantastic. The commentary we received for our film was amazing and very constructive. As a student filmmaker, this kind of feedback is helpful for future projects. Also, the organizers are communicative and easy to contact via email and social media.

    I would highly recommend submitting to this festival. The Grittrax commentaries are very insightful. I know I definitely will submit in the future. And hopefully the crew and I can attend the next festival.

    Thanks again! Amanda Cat & House 27.

    June 2018
  • Irene Herbruger

    Really great! Your reviews are so useful and fun to read! Thank you so much!

    June 2018
  • Luv! Luv!! LUV!!! Nuthin' but Luv for the Global Grit Guys (& Gals)! Long Live this Florida Fantastical Film Fest!

    June 2018