Golden Gate International Film Festival (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. GGIFF congratulates all the nominees and winners of 2018 listed on the website

GGIFF is powered by Net Effect Media, Inc., a film distribution company, that has distributed and marketed over 250 films in Theaters, Home Video, TV, PPV, VOD and through Apps in past 17 years.

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
  • After entering my feature-length script "Pride Jewel" to 45 film festivals across the globe and with over 3 major wins,"Finalist" in 5 foreign film festivals and 10 domestic "Offical Selections" I can honestly say GGIF was one of the best festivals thus far. What I found refreshing was the constant communication they had with me. If you are a filmmaker or a screenwriter, GGIF is one of the best festivals to submit your work.


    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Armen!

  • Lisa Swerdlow

    Great films! Very supportive staff.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lisa!

  • Michael Vaynberg

    Very glad that I participated with my short at this Film Festival! The live screening at the big hall, the high projection quality, a crowd of people - very excited! Thank you!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Michael!

  • Smaller, but well-organized festival by two guys that have a genuine love for film. The Q&A sessions and Hollywood-style awards banquet help give it the feel of a much larger festival. And, I can't say enough about the projection system in the theater. My film never looked so good!!!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Richard!

  • Adam Ybarra

    Golden Gate International Film Festival is a high-end experience. They use top of the line theater to showcase films with Q&A after the screening is a very neat experience. The Award Ceremony dinner is a very cool experience. Wnning was a cherry on top. It’s a must Film Festival to submit your hard earned work!!!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Adam!