Golden Gate International Film Festival (GGIFF), powered by Net Effect Media Inc. is dedicated to all talented film makers world-wide, who have an excellent opportunity to showcase their work in North America. GGIFF congratulates all the nominees and winners of 2016 listed on the website

Net Effect Media (NEM), the company behind GGIFF has distributed and marketed over 250 films in Theaters, Home Video, TV, PPV, VOD and through Apps in past 16 years. Some of these films are listed above.

The festival jury comprises of executives from distribution companies with a singular focus; We are looking for that next diamond in the rough, the next Paranormal Activity, Blair Witch or My Big Fat Greek Wedding! GGIFF is committed to providing opportunities to all content creators from around the world and to introduce their work to the broadest possible audience.

Awards & Prizes

Best Feature Film
Best Actor (Male)
Best Actor (Female)
Best Director
Best Horror / Sci-Fi
Best Thriller/Action
Best Animation
Best Foreign Film
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary (Short)
Best Short Film
Best Travel Documentary
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Music Score
Best Screenplay

Rules & Terms

Entries must be no more than five years, since produced.
All entries must be sent online only and password protected. The online link must be marked with Film Title, Submission category and phone number.
Non-English submissions must be either subtitled or dubbed. Translated dialogues on a separate sheet or any other format will not be accepted.
The entry fee is per submission.
On selection of your film for the Festival, you will be required to submit a non-returnable Blue-Ray DVD or DCP.
Please waive the signature requirement when shipping the Blue-Ray copy to us.
Submitted entries/media will not be returned.
By submitting your film, you are hereby granting GGIFF the right to utilize any excerpt from the submission and acceptance for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
Any individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for screening, understands and accepts the regulations and requirements .
GGIFF and/or NEM reserve the right to refuse entries without giving any reason.
On submission, the undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless, GGIFF and/or NEM from and against any or 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 the screening videos entered.

11 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Well run...great venue...Saw our movie in Dolby sound...fancy seats...A real treat...Thank you...

    December 2016
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    Michelle Clay

    Truly enjoyed this festival. Everyone was so welcoming. Brilliant to see the film in as movie theater alongside studio films. Truly eclectic programming. The after party was great. Food, entertainment, awards. A good handful of press and fellow filmmakers were in attendance as well. It was great fun. Thanks so much for bringing our little film that can to the folks of northern California.

    November 2016
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    David Reyes

    We were excited about this because it was the West Coast Premiere of our film and were honored to get an award. Communication started off good, but then it fell off. We were nominated in a couple categories and would had loved to promote that but were never informed about that and their website, FB and Twitter were never updated. It was their first year so you expect some things to slip through the cracks. Regardless we hope to submit future projects.

    November 2016
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    Icelerate Films

    What a great festival, the team really cares about cinema and it shows in the efforts they put in. The best part is that the organizers understand the business and economics of film making, so they don't only put together a great festival but also mentor film makers on how to market their films. Their selection was really good, shows how well regarded a festival they are.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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    Carlos Sargedas

    Very good friendship . very good films and new friends

    November 2016