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.

With the in-person screenings now open, GGIFF 2024 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 1-3, 2024 - 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 3, 2024.

Nov 4-10, 2024 - 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 11-Dec 31, 2024 - 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 2024.

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
  • Atlas Ferrera

    Had an amazing time! Thank you to Kapil and the team at GGIFF for supporting “Night Hawkes”

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! “Night Hawkes” totally deserved all the 6 Awards! Please keep us in mind for your next project.

  • Karen (Dr.K) Baptiste

    This festival is one of best that we have been part of for several reasons. The communication has been stellar! There is a warmth in the Festival Director's tone and approach. Oh, and I can't forget that we won two awards and they graciously shipped our awards. This is what a legitimate festival does. There are many festivals asking film directors to pay for their awards, which is a big no-no. If you want a high-quality festival, GGIFF is it, hands down!!!

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dr. Karen! Both the Awards were a unanimous decision by the Jury. This is a must-see eye opener.

  • Wade Jackson

    Attending the Golden Gate International Film Festival on November 3-4, 2023, was truly exceptional. The curated film selection showcased an impressive blend of creativity and technical excellence, with the addition of the "Assured Screening" option amplifying inclusivity. The festival seamlessly transitioned from in-person screenings to online streaming, highlighting adaptability. Clear communication enhanced the overall experience, and in-person attendance offered invaluable networking opportunities. The festival's positive atmosphere, coupled with a genuine celebration of filmmaking, establishes it as a standout event on the festival circuit.

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Wade and Leo! It was an honor representing "Persona" at GGIFF 2023. Your film certainly deserved the Award! Please keep us in mind for your next project.

  • Aishah Iqbal

    This was a very well organized event and I was honored to debut my film with GGIFF. I especially appreciated the professional and timely communications. All of my questions were answered within minutes! Thanks again GGIFF!

    December 2023
  • Bob Williams

    Congratulations to Kapil and his team and THANK YOU for supporting independent filmmakers. I especially liked the unusual approach to nominating films in various categories beyond the usual Doc vs Narrative et. al. The Awards Ceremony was very professional and fun. And please note, this is from someone with no wins other than the thrill of seeing my film on the big screen and the nominations! Bob Williams

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Bob. We look forward to your future projects.