Golden Gate International Film Festival (GGIFF), powered by Net Effect Media Inc. is dedicated to all talented film makers world-wide, who have an excellent opportunity to showcase their work in North America. GGIFF congratulates all the nominees and winners of 2017 listed on the website

Net Effect Media (NEM), the company behind GGIFF has distributed and marketed over 250 films in Theaters, Home Video, TV, PPV, VOD and through Apps in past 17 years. Some of these films are listed above.

The festival jury comprises of executives from distribution companies with a singular focus; We are looking for that next diamond in the rough, the next Paranormal Activity, Blair Witch or My Big Fat Greek Wedding! GGIFF is committed to providing opportunities to all content creators from around the world and to introduce their work to the broadest possible audience.

Best Feature Film
Best Actor (Male)
Best Actor (Female)
Best Director
Best Horror / Sci-Fi
Best Thriller/Action
Best Animation
Best Foreign Film
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary (Short)
Best Short Film
Best Travel Documentary
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Music Score
Best Screenplay

Entries must be no more than five years, since produced.
All entries must be sent online only and password protected. The online link must be marked with Film Title, Submission category and phone number.
Non-English submissions must be either subtitled or dubbed. Translated dialogues on a separate sheet or any other format will not be accepted.
The entry fee is per submission.
On selection of your film for the Festival, you will be required to submit a non-returnable Blue-Ray DVD or DCP.
Please waive the signature requirement when shipping the Blue-Ray copy to us.
Submitted entries/media will not be returned.
By submitting your film, you are hereby granting GGIFF the right to utilize any excerpt from the submission and acceptance for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
Any individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for screening, understands and accepts the regulations and requirements .
GGIFF and/or NEM reserve the right to refuse entries without giving any reason.
On submission, the undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless, GGIFF and/or NEM from and against any or 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
  • Katie Garibaldi

    Outstanding festival! Great communication and support all around. The filmmakers were given a chance for Q&A after the screening. My music video won and the director invited me to perform live at the awards show as well, which included a red carpet and interviews. I loved how much thought and effort they put into the event in order to make it special for attendees. Great theater location and nice dinner provided at the awards show. One of my favorite fests I've been to!

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Katie!

  • S Raj Kamal

    A Wonderful Experience
    A Film Maker needs such Festivals which encourages more Quality work

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you S Raj Kamal!

  • Brandon Rose

    Great festival, great personnel, great venue. While it's only in it's second year, Kapil and his team have clearly put in a lot of time and effort to create a festival that is very warm and welcoming to filmmakers. Overall, the GGIFF is a great festival and one that I will submit works to in the future.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Brandon!

  • Fabien Dufils

    Thank you all ! We had a very good time :) An incredible festival ! The entire team is so happy.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Fabien!

  • Neil Yang

    This film festival was very nice, the people there were all very nice and open to communication. It was very organized, and showed a lot of great films that opened my eyes. I feel very honored to have been selected for this film festival.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Neil!