Welcome to the Golden Isles Film Festival, a celebration of the best in independent filmmaking and visual arts from our community and around the world!

Join us for pop-up events full of engaging films, insightful panel discussions, and creative workshops that showcase the diversity and talent of aspiring and professional filmmakers, including videographers, content creators, photographers, and other visual artists. Whether you're an industry professional, an aspiring filmmaker, or just looking for a fun and inspiring event, the Golden Isles Film Festival has something for everyone.

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Our festival features a diverse selection of films and visual art, ranging from thought-provoking documentaries to captivating narrative features, as well as exhibitions of photography and other visual art forms. Our programming is curated to highlight innovative storytelling and cutting-edge creative techniques, giving audiences a unique and immersive experience.

In addition to our film screenings and visual art exhibitions, we offer a variety of engaging events and activities, including panel discussions with industry experts, workshops for aspiring filmmakers, and networking events for industry professionals and creative enthusiasts alike. We will have a red carpet event and an awards ceremony to recognize the outstanding achievements of the filmmakers and producers who participate in our festival.

The Golden Isles Film Festival takes place in the beautiful coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia, and surrounding areas, which provides the perfect backdrop for a weekend of creative exploration and inspiration. With its historic charm, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty, the Golden Isles offers a unique and inspiring setting for filmmakers and audiences alike.

Don't miss out on this exciting event – join us for the Golden Isles Film Festival and discover the best in independent filmmaking and visual arts!

Best Local Film: This award recognizes the best film made by a local filmmaker or production team.

Best Regional Film: This award recognizes the best film made by a filmmaker or production team from the wider region or state of Georgia.

Best International Film: This award recognizes the best film made by an international filmmaker or production team.

Best Family-Friendly Film: This award recognizes the best film that is appropriate for families and viewers of all ages.

Best Creative Expression: This award recognizes the most innovative and expressive work of visual art or other creative content showcased at the festival per the theme of the festival year.

Best Emerging Filmmaker: This award recognizes the most promising filmmaker who is just starting out in the industry, providing a platform for them to further their career.

Best Student Film: This award recognizes the best film made by a student, providing a platform to showcase emerging talent.

Best Community Impact: This award recognizes the film or filmmaker that has had the most significant impact on the local community, by highlighting important issues or showcasing community achievements.

Special Awards: These awards may be given during the red carpet ceremony per the judges request. Nominees will be notified prior to the red carpet ceremony if chosen for a special award.

We strongly encourage that you review the rules and terms carefully. By submitting your project, you are acknowledging that you have read and agreed to all the following rules and terms. All projects that are submitted before the final deadline and that adhere to the following rules and terms will be considered for inclusion in the 2024 Golden Isles Film Festival.

If you have any questions, please email us submit@goldenislesfilmfestival.org or visit our FAQ page on our website.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2020 and must not have been previously screened at the Golden Isles Film Festival. All genres and formats are eligible for submission, including short films, feature-length films, documentaries, and animation. Films must be in English or have English subtitles.

Submissions must be made through the official festival website or to FilmFreeway by the submission deadline. A completed entry form and a link to the film must be submitted with each entry. The entry fee is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of submission.

Projects must be uploaded to FilmFreeway or Vimeo for submission. We DO NOT accept any films that must be downloaded (ex. Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc.), DVD or Blu-Ray screeners and films for competition that have already been released theatrically, or any other related sales or streaming prior to the completion of the Golden Isles Film Festival.

Any foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If we discover a foreign-language submission is missing subtitles, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. If the submitter fails to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline, the project will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified without refund of submission fees.

By submitting your film, you acknowledge that the Golden Isles Film Festival will not pay to present your project.

Films that were produced in the State of Georgia is eligible for a discounted submission fee, given that (a) the film was partially produced in the State of Georgia and (b) the director/producer(s) live in the State of Georgia with proof of Georgia address. To obtain the discount submission code for Georgia films, please email GA@goldenislesfilmfestival.org before submitting.

All films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and/or film critics. Judges will score each film on various criteria, including direction, writing, acting, cinematography, and sound design.

Awards will be presented in various categories, as determined by the judges. These categories may include Best Local Film, Best Regional Film, Best International Film, Best Family-Friendly Film, Best Creative Expression, Best Emerging Filmmaker, and Best Student Film, and Best Community Impact. In addition, there may be special awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, and Best Editing.

Films selected for the festival will be screened during the festival dates. The schedule of screenings will be announced in advance of the festival, and filmmakers whose films are selected for the festival will be notified in advance.

Filmmakers are encouraged to attend the festival and participate in Q&A sessions after their films are screened. While the festival cannot provide travel or accommodations for filmmakers at this time, it will provide complimentary tickets to the festival for filmmakers whose films are selected.

By submitting a film to the Golden Isles Film Festival, the filmmaker grants the festival the right to use excerpts from the film for promotional purposes, including on the festival website, in print materials and for teasers of the festival. The filmmaker must also hold all necessary rights and permissions for the film, including music rights and talent releases. You also acknowledge that your film is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the Golden Isles Film Festival and its representatives/affiliates 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 damage to the screening videos entered.

The Golden Isles Film Festival (GIFF) reserves the right to decline any submission for consideration for any reason.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may email submit@goldenislesfilmfestival.org as we are unable to address via phone (including call and text) at this time.

Overall Rating
  • David Luck

    The cast and crew are extremely honored that our film “Death by King Cake” premiered at the Golden Isle Film Festival!! This is an amazing festival and the staff are very kind and professional! FIVE STARS ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    We're so delighted for your feedback and we look forward to more projects from you and your amazing crew!