Our 20th Anniversary is upon us, and filmmakers we are celebrating YOU!!!
Beginning with our EARLYBIRD $20 for 20 days Entry Fee for Short Content.
We're awarding 20,000 Pennies from the FirstGlance Piggy Bank to Best of Fest Winner (That's $2,000 CASH PRIZE)

Accepting all genres from filmmakers of every gender, color, ethnicity, country and level.
From first time filmmakers to Professionals from down the street to across the globe!

Features, Shorts, Documentary, Animation, Live Action, Web Series, Music Videos, Trailers, Student Films

If we receive 2000 submissions, winning filmmakers in every category will take home CASH PRIZES!!

Submit your Feature or Short Narrative, Feature or Short Documentary, Web Series Pilot, Music Video, Animation, Trailers and Student Directed Films.

The 20th Annual FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia screens local and international professional, first time, student filmmakers, celebrating the best in indie film making from across the globe and locally produced Philadelphia Area Filmmakers.
Set for October 6-8 2017 at the Kimmel Center and The Painted Bride

Prize Package include production services, gear rentals and post production software.

FirstGlance Film Festivals are the longest running international bi-coastal indie film festivals in the United States. FirstGlance has theatrically screened over 1800 films to over 160,000 attendees and has the most active Short Online Contest, having screened over 650 short films to over 180,000 online viewers and voters over the past 10 years.

FirstGlance Film Fests have a 97% track record with feature films (Narrative and Documentary) acquiring VOD, theatrical and Pay Cable distribution.

Named 5 times as a Best Film Festival Investment by Moviemaker Magazine
and named by Time Magazine as, "One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us"

Semi-Finalists in our Shorts Categories are invited to take part in our very successful Short Online Contest, that has been running twice yearly alongside our physical festival for the opportunity to win over $2000 in prizes and a place in our next FirstGlance Film Festival.

Awards & Prizes

Best of Fest Winner takes home a CASH PRIZE of $2000 plus all this awesome stuff below!
The Best of Fest Award Winner prizes furnished by Sony Software, Entertainment Partners, LA Grip Studios, ShowBiz Software, Movie Magic, Red Giant, Boris FX, Glidecam, Video Blocks, Audio Blocks, Graphic Stock, The Takes, Jungle Software, Beachtek, ShotListerApp, MovieMagic, InkTip and more.
Value of Goods/Services: 20,000 U.S. Dollars Annually

Short Online Contest- Over $2000 in prizes and premiere at our next film festival, FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia 20 (Fall 2017)

BONUS PRIZES: Any category that receives over 200 entries the winning film in that category will be awarded a CASH PRIZE

Rules & Terms

Student entries must include copy of current semester bill and copy of student ID by email. All official selections will be notified of acceptance by E-mail. (Make sure your address is current) Accepted projects cannot be publicly exhibited in the Philadelphia area at any time within a one-month period of the festival start date. If this occurs, FirstGlance has the right to refuse exhibition. After acceptance of projects, the entrant is free to publicize his/her work to any and all media she/he deems necessary. Please notify FirstGlance of any media support you receive. The undersigned entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless FirstGlance Films, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, partners, sponsors, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses(including, without limitations, attorneys' fees). The undersigned entrant authorizes FirstGlance Film Festival, to promote the entry in whole or in part for any publicity purpose prior to, during, and after the competition. You agree to be bound by these guidelines and the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects and to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the contest or the rules. The signature of applicant constitutes that the entrants information is true and correct and agrees to all competition rules and guidelines.

4 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Ariane Smith

    I loved this festival! Really organized and supportive of their filmmakers! All they promised and more!

    April 2017
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    Ignacio Redondo

    Great festival. Very good communication.
    Highly recommended!

    November 2016
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    Brian Crewe

    There are three things I look for when submitting to a film festival.
    1. Exposure
    2. Networking
    3. Technical presentation

    The First Glance Film Festival nail all three of these areas.

    For my short UNE LIBÉRATION, I chose First Glance because it guaranteed my film a screening at a state of the art venue capable of my playing my 2K DCP print with 5.1 surround sound in a large, sold out theater located in the heart of Los Angeles.

    In terms of Networking and Exposure, First Glance knocks it out of the park. Our film won the audience award for Beat Short giving us the recognition and momentum we needed to launch a successful festival run.

    No other Film Festival Submission out there gives a filmmaker the level of exposure to both audiences and professionals that FirstGlance does.

    November 2016
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    Michael Kehoe

    My short film "HUSH" won best short at this festival. We won over 34 awards with this short film and First Glance Film Festival was the one that set the fire burning. My first short film had been to Sundance and the experience was wonderful. I can honestly say that First Glance gave me that feeling once again. The festival honored all filmmakers and created an atmosphere for all submitters. There was a gathering after the screening night that was very useful for networking, in fact, the networking at this festival is a must for all filmmakers. My advice is submit and be there!

    October 2016