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.

*In view of the current pandemic, GGIFF 2020 event flow will be subject to and in line with guidlines laid out by the authorities, applicable during the scheduled dates of the event. Partial waivers are being offered for select categories. Please email us for more details *

GGIFF congratulates all the nominees and winners of 2019 listed on:

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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
  • This festival is a blast to attend! The slate of films is consistently very strong, and the guests and audience members are affable, interested and generally great to mingle with. The organizers definitely value filmmakers and work towards making a memorable event for them.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks David!

  • Very much appreciated the hospitality and support of independent filmmakers. The organizers were very appreciative of my Film ‘Hiko in Tonga’ and awarded it Best Travel Documentary. I am grateful they saw the importance of this film and the jurors did speak with me about how much they loved the film and how it gave them a deep appreciation of the lives of the women in Tonga. The vanishing culture of Women Jugglers (Hiko) is the theme of the movie and the goal is to keep Hiko alive.
    The award is very appreciated and gives me a launching pad to connect with the Tongan communities across the world to let them know the importance of this cultural dance, game and competition. Thanks to Kapil and to everyone involved !

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Paprika!

  • Alfonso Moreno

    Good communication. Great festival. Very nice.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Alfonso!

  • Michael Boston

    Pleasantly surprised to find, and be a part of this terrific festival, this year. Mr. Sethi and staff hold a very professional event with screenings at a beautiful modern theater and I felt incredibly welcomed here. Lots of filmmaker feedback with interviews in the theater lobby and once again at the dinner/ceremonies. Really impressed with the quality and overall value of the closing night event. Held in a beautiful Hotel banquet room, fine food and drink and a huge screen behind the winners' podium displays the posters of all the nominees. Great films to watch and the people here are so accommodating! Overall... 5 stars!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Michael!

  • Fay Gauthier

    Had a wonderful couple days at this very well organized festival. Kapil is kind and gracious and a keeps you in the loop throughout the whole process. Got a chance to network with a good mix of filmmakers and an extra nice perk is the additional exposure you get from interviews with the local NBC affiliate. I highly recommend.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Fay!