GOLDEN HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL
is an online film awarding ceremony dedicated to the promotion of independent filmmakers from all over the world, in association with the International Film Festival Community (IFFC) established in Tokyo in 2020 under this COVID-19 paradigm shift.

OUR MISSION
We aim to celebrate independent films with any genre or any duration, by selecting and awarding the artistry and creativity of independent filmmakers from all over the world, which is likened to “Golden Harvest”.

OUR SELECTION
As we ourselves are also filmmakers and understand how hard it is to make a film, unlike other film festivals, we officially select most of the submitted films, appreciating the time, work and effort you have taken, except for those we deem overly violent, abusive, thoughtless or outrageous without the respect for human rights or animal rights.

OUR AWARDING
Our independent jury evaluates the officially selected films and the award winners will be decided according to the evaluations thereby. We give an award to those rated by our jury higher than a certain mark since the purpose of our film festival is to promote indie filmmakers and we do not like to limit qualified filmmakers’ award opportunity by winner-take-all competition. We plan to hold an annual online and/or offline screening for selected award winners.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
All the films compliant to our human / animal right standard will be included in Official Selection.

AWARDS
• Best Short Film
• Best Feature Film
• Best Documentary Film
• Best Animation Film
• Best Drama
• Best Comedy
• Best Thriller
• Best Sci-Fi
• Best Action
• Best Experimental
• Best Music Video
• Jury Special Award
• Honorable Mention

PRIZES
- Golden Harvest Trophy (crystal, costs $300 + shipment)
- Golden Harvest Medal (costs $100 + shipment)
- Golden Harvest Certificate (soft copy: free)
- Golden Harvest Laurel (digital: free of charge)
- Festival Distributions (with our International Film Festival Community partners)
- Free Social Platform Advertisements
- Marketing Communication Support (only for feature films)

RULES & TERMS
- All the films compliant to our human / animal right standard will be included in Official Selection.
- All genres and durations are accepted.
- Anyone from any country or as any status (filmmaker, student or distributor) can submit.
- We do not set age limitation.
- You must have all the proper clearances and rights to submit your film.
- Those which we deem overly violent, abusive, thoughtless or outrageous without the respect for human rights or animal rights will be disqualified.
- Those which we deem obscene or overly sexual will be disqualified.
- Those which we deem overly religious or political propaganda will be disqualified.
- Films in non-English languages must have English subtitles.
- All the rights related to the submitted film must belong to the applicant.
- We only accept online screeners via FilmFreeway for the selection process.
- Judging decisions are final and applicants will not receive judging comments.
- By submitting, you agree to allow us to use the materials such as trailers, posters, images etc for the purpose of advertising your film and our events, and to share them with our partner festivals for promotional purposes.
- All the paid fees are non-refundable for any reasons.
- Withdrawn films are considered to be disqualified.
- All the shipping costs of the award winning film, if any, must be borne by the applicant.
- Still photos and a brief synopsis (and a poster and a trailer if possible) should be added to the project for the film’s promotional purpose.
- We will send your digital winner certificate free of charge.
- If you would like your Golden Harvest Medal (crystal), we will send it to you for $100 and shipment.
- If you would like your Golden Harvest Trophy (crystal), we will send it to you for $300 and shipment.
- The person(s) or companies submitting a film shall indemnify and hold harmless Golden Harvest Film Festival and its agents and associates from and against any and 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 any projects and/or materials submitted to Golden Harvest Film Festival.
- The individual(s) or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
- We reserve the right to add, modify, or discard rules and terms, if needed, as needed, at any time, at its sole discretion, with or without notification.

Overall Rating
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  • Jamila Brown

    A good festival for first-time filmmakers, the process was easy enough to apply for and gives you a lot of confidence when submitting your film. Would highly recommend it to people who are just diving into the world of filmmaking.

    June 2022
  • This festival committee is honest

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Somnath, Congratulations on your award and thank you for your review. It looks like our film festival did not serve you well in some aspects. It would be helpful if you could share with us what fell short of your expectations for our future improvements.
    GHFF Team

  • Armin Hasemann

    t is a great honor to be part of the Golden Harvest Film Festival.
    A special thanks to the juries for selecting our Documentary “A Moment of Bliss” as the Winner.
    Greatly appreciate.

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Armin, Congratulations on your outstanding achievement and thank you so much for your appreciation.
    We look forward to watching your next great work!
    GHFF Team

  • Chuck Johnson

    This was a great festival to be involved in and was really professionally run. Really looking forward to having shorts to submit next year!

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Quiet Flame, Congratulations on your outstanding achievement and thank you so much for your appreciation.
    We look forward to watching your next exciting work!
    GHFF Team

  • It was a great event Trapped In The Hood Documentary SERIES Episode 1 was part of the film festival thanks again it was a honor

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Robert, Congratulations on your outstanding achievement and thank you so much for your appreciation.
    We look forward to watching your next awesome work!
    GHFF Team