The Global Indie Film Fest celebrates the very best of independent film making. It has never been more important to discover and foster new brave, talented, independent film makers.

Your film will be judged on one criteria only – the quality of your work. So feel free to let the world know your opinions and politics, provided these are dramatically crucial to the work you submit. Within the realms of what's legally decent we won't censure your work.

Our categories include Feature Film, Short Film, Long Short Film, Animated Long Short, Animated Short, Student Work, Smart Phone, Corporate Commercial and Documentaries.

It's All About Exposure!
The massive exposure your Film, Documentary or Music Video can receive for your, Cast and Crew can get from entering Giff.

Whether you are chosen for screening or not you entry may be selected for U.S. TV broadcast on The Mini Movie Hour (MMH) and PrimeTime Music.

The purpose of the shows are to provide filmmakers, singers and musicians, exposure on U.S. broadcast television. These shows reach approximately 50 million households throughout the U.S. and can also be viewed on OTT platforms, Roku & Amazon FireTV!

We would like to let you know in advance that we do not charge to be featured on the Mini Movie Hour or Prime Time Music, and they do not pay a licensing fee. Also, their licenses is non-exclusive.

Proudly, we have no other restrictions on your work. This includes your works premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

Certificates - all festival winners receive a free digital certificate (in JPG) and a winners laurel, ready for print.

We look forward to your participation as either filmmakers, actors, musicians, industry judges, sponsors and theatre venues.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Long Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Animated Short
Best Motion Design
Best Animated Feature
Best Director
Best Actor & Actress
Best Music Video
Best Song
Best Horror
Best Comedy
Best Sci-Fi
Best Corporate & Commercial Advertisement
Student Film Award
Best Screenplay

To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

1. Any non English films can include English subtitles. (Music Videos don't require subtitles)

2. All fees are non-refundable.

3. Student filmmakers are encouraged to apply but must present their valid Student ID in order to benefit from our student discount.

4. GIFF is not responsible for broken or non-functioning films.

5. Films do not have to be screened publicly to be eligible for our festival, prizes, or awards.

6. All films are nominated and voted upon by a jury of film professionals, from an independent point of view.

7. All genres and formats are considered eligible for nomination into one or more competitive categories.

No restrictions.

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is entered, we will not update the submission with a more recent cut. That said, because GIFF’s focus is on story, minor technical changes will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the Festival with their most recent version.

Please do not send original material or masters for preview or screening.

The Global Indie Film Fest will not return preview or screening tapes.

The Global Indie Film Fest will screen films from hi res digital upload (.mov or .mp4).

No other formats are accepted.

If the project is accepted as a student entry they will have to provide evidence of student enrolment at time of film completion.


We confirm that you have granted The Global Indie Film Fest the right to publicly exhibit your film and that The Global Indie Film Fest will take all care but no responsibility for your film whilst in the possession of the Festival. We also confirm that if accepted into the festival you grant The Global Indie Film Fest the right to publicly promote your film in all festival promotional materials, as appropriate. You also confirm that all necessary permissions have been obtained to enter this film in the Festival and that the film does not infringe the rights including copyright of any third party.

All selected nominees will be invited to our live screenings for the opportunity to meet people from the same industry.

All winners will receive “winner” laurel with a hard copy certificate presented at an award winning ceremony. Winners and selected nominees that cannot attend the event will be contacted by GIFF team to send the awards to the provided address.

GIFF reverser the right to change dates of screening.

Overall Rating
  • Sybil Jatta

    Thanks forever Global Indie Film Festival! We are so grateful for this opportunity and so humbled that your most prestigious film festival selected our international award winning documentary feature film "AKWAABA The Awakening". We thank you and your team for supporting artists in making dreams come true. Our film...God's hands.

    January 2023
  • Thanks for selecting PANDEMIC SPY as best comedy film of the festival!

    December 2022

    Thank you kindly Global Indie Film Fest for Honorable Mention of my feature, The Upside of Down. I am truly humbled.

    August 2022
  • Charlie Lyon Budden

    Thank you so much to the whole team for spending the time to watch and review my film 'Oh, Little Spark!' and for giving me a platform to show my film to the world. I am privileged to have received an Honourable Mention at your festival and I will be submitting again with my future projects!

    August 2022
  • Janet Gardner

    We had an excellent experience with the festival. They were quick to respond when we had questions. The selection of films was also excellent.

    August 2022