Since its beginning in 2007, the Geneva Film Festival has grown in popularity and status in the independent film festival community. Festival organizers are looking forward to an even bigger and better event in 2018. Previous year’s selection of world-class films originated from dozens of countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil and India to name a few.

Geneva has long been a destination for affluent, well-educated, and culturally aware visitors from the Chicago area and around the globe. Local businesses and event sponsors benefit from ongoing tourism and the festival's growing popularity. National and international companies also enjoy the opportunity to enhance brand awareness with this influential demographic.

In addition to world-class films, the event features a special screening of the Emerging Cinematographer Award Winners from the International Cinematographers Guild, a filmmaker meet and greet and much more.

Awards & Prizes

Award recognition goes to: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Emerging Feature Filmmaker and Emerging Documentary Filmmaker (for 1st and 2nd time directors), Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short, Student Visionary Award (Best Student Short), Young Filmmaker Spotlight Award (Best Grade/High School Short), and Best Musical Short.

Rules & Terms

The Geneva Film Festival accepts submissions in the following categories: Narrative and Documentary Feature, Narrative and Documentary Short, Animated Short, and Student Short: Student Visionary Award (College/ Graduate School) & Young Filmmaker Spotlight (Grade School/ High School) and Musical Short (Music Video). A jury of film industry professionals will judge the submitted works.

CATEGORY LENGTH
FEATURES - Running time more than 40 minutes
SHORTS - Running time less than 40 minutes

ALL SUBMISSIONS

Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying Preview Copies in one of the accepted formats. (Either DVD/NTSC or Online Screener)
Film entries must be uploaded or postmarked by November 8, 2017.
All entries must be in English. (Dubbed or Subtitled is acceptable)
Students must include proof of student status with the submission (i.e. copy of current and valid student I.D.).
ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE A FILM POSTER AND TRAILER IN A HIGH RES DIGITAL FORMAT.

Hard Copy Submissions

Film entrants must submit two viewing copies in accepted formats (DVD/NTSC) for consideration.
The Geneva Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the Geneva Film Festival.

Send Hard Copy Submissions to:

GENEVA FILM FESTIVAL 2018
Attn: Jamie Heflin
22 South First Street
Geneva, IL 60134

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    Tom Radovich

    The management of this festival was top notch and had good communication. They treated visiting filmmakers like royalty, showering us with delicious Geneva, Illinois food and a very generous swag bag filled with local gifts. Our film didn't win a prize, but with the way we were treated, it felt like it did.

    We met talented filmmakers all the way from London and I didn't want to leave. Geneva is a pleasant and gorgeous town that's great to walk around on a nice day. I would definitely submit again.

    May 2016