In short, we're the cinematic bridge between the U.S. and Asia. Our past festivals include Academy Award, Sundance and Cannes Palme d'Or winners side-by-side with first-time DIY indie filmmakers. We're eclectic, we keep it small and simple, and we love film.

GIFF strives to capture the passion and spirit of independent filmmakers and their films as we showcase them to the Pacific Asia region.

Community. Education. Entertainment.
The mission of the Guam International Film Festival is to foster cultural understanding through the art of cinema. GIFF achieves this through community outreach, education through festival workshops and efforts to build awareness for social responsibility through our film programming. In addition, GIFF aims to provide opportunities for employment and local businesses to flourish through international cinema and industry related businesses.

GIFF proudly presents itself as an international cinema event exhibiting a new and dynamic source of cross-cultural artistic presence, bridging gaps among the U.S., Asia and the Pacific’s multi-cultural population and region. GIFF is the first and only annual U.S. film festival in the western pacific.

Only a few hours away from major international metropolitan cities such as Sydney, Manila, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, and Hong Kong, Guam has always served as the global gateway to an eclectic mix of professionals from the U.S., Asia and Pacific rim offering a platform to exchange opportunities in business and entertainment.

The eligible categories for the Guam International Film Festival awards are as follows:

Grand Jury Awards
Eligible Categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short

Audience Choice Award
Eligible Categories: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Made in the Marianas

Best Made In The Marianas Award
Eligible Category: Made in the Marianas

Best of Festival
Eligible Categories: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Made in the Marianas

Best Actor
Eligible Categories: Narrative, Made in the Marianas

Note: The GIFF Crystal Awards will be presented only to the receiving filmmakers who are in attendance at the GIFF awards ceremony. We do not ship awards or acknowledgment certificates to winners that are not present.

For complete 2018 GIFF Submission Rules and Regulations, please visit the GIFF Official Website:

We accept only digital online secure screeners via Vimeo, YouTube or FilmFreeway (no DVD's).

Filmmakers may be students, amateurs and professionals. Films may be of any genre, including narrative films, documentary films, features, shorts, student films, music videos, mobile short and experimental films. Be sure to refer to our GIFF rules of eligibility and category guidelines on our website. We are particularly interested in presenting Pacific Asian Premieres.

The Festival will not consider works-in-progress. The Festival will consider work recorded on Mobile Devices. All films with dialogue in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival Submission and Festival Exhibition.

We will inform you of our official selections by August 31, 2018.


CERTIFICATION OF ENTRANT: I, the contact person for the film submitted with this application, agree to the following terms and conditions:

• I have read, understood, and completed all eligibility requirements for which I would like this film to be considered.
• To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this application are true.
• I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Guam International Film Festival (GIFF).
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• Films may have language tracks other than English, but must have embedded English subtitles.
• This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
• GIFF reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of any work submitted. Eligible works for competition must have been completed after January 1, 2017. Works accepted to screen at the festival will be categorized and programmed at the sole discretion of GIFF.
• All rights, licenses, clearances, and releases necessary for exhibition of this film to the public have been secured, so that exhibition of this film will not obligate the Guam International Film Festival to make any payment to any third party and will not violate or infringe upon the rights of any individual, firm or corporation whatsoever.
• The Guam International Film Festival and its affiliates may use excerpts from the film and stills for advertising and promotional purposes, in print or electronic materials, online, or at live events.
• By virtue of submitting my work to the Guam International Film Festival for consideration for inclusion in their film festival, I also give the Guam International Film Festival permission and license to screen my work at their film festival without screening fees if my work is selected.
• Should my film be chosen as an official selection of the 2018 Guam International Film Festival, I grant GIFF clearance, permission and license to exhibit my selected work in their festival, which includes, but is not limited to, local television, local online web based platforms and encore event screenings for the duration of six months starting from this season's Festival dates.
• If selected for the festival, I agree to pay for shipping costs when sending my film/hard drive to GIFF. The Guam International Film Festival pays for return shipping.
• All final works must be completed and received no later than September 14, 2018. This contract is binding and you will be held responsible for the information in your submission.
• I hold the Guam International Film Festival harmless from damage to or loss of exhibition file, hard drive or any film collateral material en route to or from GIFF or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film.
• For additional submission questions:

Overall Rating
  • I was so grateful and joyful with this festival.

    December 2018
  • GIFF has always been very accommodating and incredibly valuable to the community in expanding their knowledge of international cinema and meeting filmmakers visiting the island to attend the festival. I look forward to attending future events.

    November 2018
  • Masahiko Fox

    Fantastic festival. Kel and the organizers do such a great job with programming and the hospitality my crew got was tremendous. I highly recommend this festival!

    November 2018
  • Nika Belianina

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend, but the festival encouraged to send an intro video for the viewers, which was so much fun to do. At least I could connect with them this way! The communication with the festival was fantastic. Also found their instagram feed and saw how much effort and love they put into their work. Good people, good hearts. Happy to had a film screened there.

    November 2018
  • Joe Petricca

    I wasn't able to attend the festival but they were really great with communication. they asked filmmakers to submit little welcome videos to screen before screenings - which made you feel more tied into fest. Seems like they have a proud and well organized effort.

    January 2018