Golden Gate International Film Festival (GGIFF) is supported by AMC Independent and NBC Bay area. GGIFF, powered by Net Effect Media Inc. is dedicated to all talented content creators world-wide, who have an excellent opportunity to showcase their talent.

*NEW* GGIFF 2023 now offers "Assured Screening". What is Assured Screening? Assured screening guarantees your submission a screening irrespective of your film being selected or nominated. If you want to opt for "Assured Screening", please select the "Assured Screening" option in the category of your film, at the time of submission. For a regular submission, please select the regular submission option in the category of your film.

Nov 3-5, 2023 - Screenings of the nominated films will be held at the AMC theater during the first 3 days of the festival. The in-theater screenings would include Q&A sessions, after each slot and a red carpet Award Ceremony/Dinner at 7:30pm on Nov 5, 2023.

Nov 6-12, 2023 - Screenings of the nominated films, will then move to online streaming (optional) for the rest of the festival dates. The online screenings would be an On-demand feature available for streaming for all 7 days.

Nov 13-Dec 31, 2023 - An optional feature where select films will be screened and compete for 3 Audience Choice Awards (TOP 3).

Submitters can opt out of the online streaming and/or the Audience Choice Awards, if they prefer in-theater screening only. You don't have to decide now, you can change or decide your preference on or before the FINAL submission deadline of entries, closer to the festival dates in 2023.

GGIFF congratulates all the nominees and winners listed on:

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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
Best New Media / Web Series
Jury Awards
Audience Choice Awards (Top 3)

Entries must be no more than five years, since produced.
All entries must be sent online only and password protected is preferred but not mandatory. The online link must be marked with Film Title, Submission category and phone number. Your phone number and email is where we contact you, whenever necessary.
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 or reject entries at any stage during the festival, 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
  • Marley Hasselbach

    Great experience at this festival. It was held online with clear and professional communication throughout, and offered Q&A's with the filmmakers - with insightful and interesting questions. Other films were high quality and it was a pleasure working with Kapil and the team - recommended.

    February 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Marley! Congrats on your WIN...we look forward to your next film.

  • I was happy to be a part of this film festival. It was great jury and they gave me great questions when I got interviewed. It was amazing watching these high quality films that gave me inspirations for doing more great stuff in the future.

    I hope we will see each other again and a Happy New Year.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks & Happy New Year to you too, Felix. We look forward to your future projects!

  • Robert Craig

    This a great festival. We were happy to be a part of this with our screenplay submission. We were especially happy to win an award for our screenplay. Go Go Film Festival! Thanks for a great experience.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Robert!

  • David Boo

    It's been a great honor to be part of GGIFF 2022. Thank you to the team at GGIFF for hosting the event and sharing my film 'Junho' to the world. This festival has stellar Q&A and wonderful people who genuinely care about indie cinema.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, David! 'Junho' certainly deserved all the recognition. We look forward to your next film!

  • Charlie Lyon Budden

    Thank you so much to the whole GGIFF team for spending the time to watch and review my film 'Oh, Little Spark!' and for giving me a platform to show my film to the world. I am privileged to have received 2 awards at your festival (Best Foreign Short and Best Actress) and I will be submitting again with my future projects!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Charlie. 'Oh, Little Spark!' deserved both the Awards!