The Great Northern International Film Festival aims to bring together original storytellers and a Northern British Columbia audience for its inaugural annual program of films spanning multiple genres and lengths. GNIFF will screen more than 100 films during its 4 day run plus host a series of filmmaker workshops featuring industry professionals from across North America.

The festival will also feature a red carpet gala evening on Saturday, September 12 which will issue 25 awards (including cash prizes and statuettes) to category winners during a formal event celebrating excellence in filmmaking.

The Great Northern International Film Festival is brought to you by the creators of Northern FanCon - an entertainment expo that has hosted dozens of actors and filmmakers through the years including William Shatner, Denise Crosby, Tricia Helfer. Kevin Smith, Amy Acker, Sean Astin, Edward James Olmos, Rachel Talalay, Marc Bernardin, Nicole Baer, Michael Uslan, and Matthew Wood to name only a few. The same spirit of success that has fuelled Northern FanCon for years is being imbued into GNIFF and we can't wait to welcome attending filmmakers and audiences to our city to enjoy time in our Northern limelight.

We look forward to illuminating the work of storytellers and building relationships with alumni that will continue for years to come!

Statuettes plus a cash prize will be awarded to winning filmmakers in each of the following categories:

$500 USD - International Narrative Feature
$500 USD - International Narrative Short
$500 USD - Canadian Narrative Feature
$500 USD - Canadian Narrative Short
$500 USD - International Documentary Feature
$500 USD - International Documentary Short
$500 USD - Canadian Documentary Feature
$500 USD - Canadian Documentary Short
$500 USD - British Columbia Short
$500 USD - Animated Short
$500 USD - Indigenous Short
$500 USD - Student Short
$500 USD - Best Performance in a Lead Role
$500 USD - Best Performance in a Supporting Role
$500 USD - Best Director
$500 USD - Best Screenplay
$500 USD - Best Make-up
$500 USD - Best Cinematography
$500 USD - Best Production Design
$500 USD - Best Costumes
$500 USD - Best Original Score
$500 USD - Best Sound Editing
$500 USD - Best Visual Effects
$500 USD - Best Editing
Special Achievement

*Special Achievement will be awarded by jury with special attention to excellence that extends beyond individual categories. There is no entry fee required for this category


We provide fee waiver codes for Prince George productions. Please contact us for more information on this if you require.


The film was completed after January 1, 2018

FEATURE FILM must be a Prince George premiere i.e. cannot have been screened publicly in Prince George prior to the 2020 Festival, including broadcast versions of any length or other local film festivals (this includes Cast/Crew screenings).

Must not be or have been available online in any form within the province of British Columbia (e.g. iTunes, VOD, Netflix).

For SHORT FILMS, priority is given to films that are not yet available online. We do accept competition-based created shorts, where screening online is part of the process (e.g. Telus STORYHIVE).

Submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Submission deadlines are at 11:59 PM PST of the posted date. Any online screeners received after this time on the posted date are ineligible.

LANGUAGE: All films with non-English dialogue must have ENGLISH subtitles.

COPYRIGHT: Filmmaker is responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights.

WORKS IN PROGRESS: GNIFF does not accept trailers or rough assemblies but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.). Please be aware that GNIFF will not view multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.

• Films with a public, theatrical screening in Prince George prior to GNIFF dates
• Available for PURCHASE/DOWNLOAD in North America
• Available on iTunes and/or Video On Demand (VOD)

SUBMISSION CONTACT: The submitter shall be either a producer, director or authorized agent of the film. All communication will be sent to the person submitting.

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT: Once a submission is received, GNIFF organizers will change the status of your film in the FilmFreeway online management tool and you will be automatically notified.

SELECTION PROCESS: All submissions are screened and evaluated by GNIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential. Online notification date for Official Selection status is JULY 6/2020.

ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL: We support visiting, “Official Selection” filmmakers with complimentary festival passes and airport shuttles. Once you receive your ACCEPTANCE e-mail (by JULY 6/2020), we will also send partnered hotel information and a welcome package with special rates at supporting businesses in Prince George.

Applicants will be notified by July 6/2020 of their final entry status via email to the FilmFreeway contact.

GNIFF’s Director of Programming and Selection Committees review all film submissions.

Decisions made by GNIFF are final.

The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of the films shall be at the discretion of the Festival.

No film, once programmed, can be withdrawn.

Each official selection will be required to provide a press kit upon acceptance containing the following:

A one paragraph synopsis of the film
A logline of the film
3-5 high-resolution stills of 1MB in size each minimum
Director Photo (also 1MB) and Bio
A full cast and crew list
Publicity contact if applicable
Premiere Status
Key Awards if applicable
A list of talent attending GNIFF with contact details
Canadian distributor and theatrical release date if applicable
Coverage restrictions
Secure online screener link and Blu-Ray
Minimum two copies of your poster for venue display
Print traffic information


GNIFF will accept ONLY the following screening exhibition formats:
Features: DCP (at our discretion), BluRay, HDCam
Shorts: Digital file (under 10 GB)

*Please note that not all GNFF Screening venues can screen DCP formats. For this reason, GNIFF requires a BluRay backup of ALL feature films.


All shipments for exhibition to the Festival must be prepaid. If you are selected to screen at GNIFF2020, we will cover the cost of return shipping.

The Festival will ensure the integrity of the prints from the time of delivery to the Festival from the time that the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In the event of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must be notified of such loss or damage in writing by November 15, 2020. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer or distributor only to the cost of replacing the damaged print. The Great Northern International Film Festival does not assume liability for damage to prints due to improper shipping containers or otherwise.

Overall Rating
  • Mehmet Tığlı

    It’s a great honor to be a part of this amazing festival!

    December 2020
  • I love the kind and generous heartwarming atmosphere of festival.

    September 2020