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.

Nov 4-6, 2022 - 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 6,2022.

Nov 7-13, 2022 - 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 14-Dec 31, 2022 - An optional feature where select films will feature and compete for 3 Audience Choice Awards (TOP 3).

Submitters can opt out of the online streaming or/and 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 2022.

While we hope that the pandemic will not deprive all of us of the AMC big screen and the red carpet experience, but they will be subject to and in line with the guidelines laid out by the authorities, applicable during the scheduled dates of the event. This may include transforming the entire festival to be virtual with online screenings, Q&A sessions, & Award Ceremony.

*New* GGIFF 2022 is introducing a new option "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. If you opt for a regular submission., then please select the regular submission option in the category of your film.

GGIFF congratulates all the nominees and winners listed on:

Net Effect Media, Inc., a film distribution company, has distributed and marketed over 250 films in Theaters, Home Video, TV, PPV, VOD and streaming over the past 20 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
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
  • Terra Campbell

    Great festival with amazing team and great films

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Terra!

  • Scott Shoemaker

    The Broken Molds team was very excited and honored to be selected a and then become a Nominee for Best Documentary at the 2021 Golden Gate International Film Festival! I can only image the amount of work and logistics that it took to put on such a well organized film festival after a having to make a quick transition from live to virtual. Excellent job! Thank you! Sincerely, Scott Shoemaker-Executive Producer-Broken Molds

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Scott! Your appreciation means a lot to all of us at GGIFF:)

  • I have placed and won in some 40 festivals around the world. This is the only festival that sent me a trophy. I know that's not what it's about, but I will say, it was engraved and delightful, and brought joy to my friends and family. It's these small gestures that give me courage to continue making films.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Joe! We look forward to your next film:)

  • Fantastic organisation very good method of communication I really value this opportunity

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Liela! Looking forward to your next film:)

  • Janice Corran

    Excellent festival. Eclectic selection of films. I was pleased to be a finalist.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Janice! We look forward to your next film:)