Golden Lion international film festival not only aims at giving out trophies and certificates but recognizing talents and supporting the career of artists working in the film industry as writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors, composers etc. As we are in the process of expanding our footprints, the festival would be truly a international platform for all filmmakers beyond language barriers across the globe. we truly care about the language of cinema, independent film making, filmmakers, arts and all the artists involved in each film project.

Golden Lion International Film Festival is a IMDb Awards Qualifier Festival.monthly and Annual Awards with live screening film, music, screenwriting competition & Awards Show Event in City of Joy Kolkata, India.The monthly live screenings take place at the end of each month. showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling.

GOLDEN LION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL honors films from around the world with prestigious GOLDEN LION awards in different categories and genres. Our mission is to discover diverse new voices & to promote artists’ work through numerous platforms.

In each edition, Filmmakers can submit their projects to have them judged by award winning industry professionals against a high standard of merit and compete with other filmmakers across the globe. Every submission can add numerous additional judging categories, but MUST submit to a MAIN CATEGORY to be considered for additional consideration. Please include the names being credited in your cover letter.
All monthly winners of the year will be automatically nominated for the prestigious GOLDEN LION AWARDS (the best of the best) and they will be invited to attend our Annual Live Screening in presence of juries, critics, film scholars and eminent movie personalities from across the globe. Films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards!

The officially selected project in each month receives a GLIFF laurel and certificate.

Each month, most representatives of monthly award winners are screened in Kolkata . Besides the BEST OF THE CATEGORY AWARDS, there are also OUTSTANDING CINEMATIC AWARDS, CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS, AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS and HONOURABLE MENTION AWARDS, which are given, in all categories.

Each year we select the Best of the Best (From the pool of all award winners from all Seasons) and the FINAL WINNERS receive the prestigious GOLDEN LION AWARDS and are screened in the theatre in Kolkata in front of a live audience.

All Winners will have a chance to meet with the audience and participate in the Q&A session after the screening.

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the GOLDEN LION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

GLIFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2010, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the GLIFF is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently. All the winning films will receive a trophy, award or certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally. If any film gets selected officially and decided to be screened.

Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
The film submitted to the GLIFF for a particular month can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance, considering that we have different judges’ panels for each season.
A director / producer may submit more than one film in a category and more than one category at a time.The GLIFF reserves the right to refuse entries.The GLIFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the GLIFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.
After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.
A nominee will be privately screened for the GLIFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
“Best” films of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.
A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve the right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.
GLIFF may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks a million dear for magnificent festival
    I hope you well always

    May 2023
  • It was great to be part of the Golden Lion International Film Festival. Thank you for recognizing N.D.E. as an Award Winner! Looking forward to future festivals.

    May 2023
  • Harel Kay

    I'm honored and excited to have won the Best Music Video Clip prize for “Each Wave” at this great festival! On behalf of all my crew and me, thank you so much, festival team and judges. It seems like you care about details, and this is very respected. Also, the diploma is beautiful. All the best, Harel Kay

    April 2023
  • Eddie Mak

    I am truly honored to receive this award for our Doc short film "Kung fu City". I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the organizers and judges for recognizing our efforts.

    Through this short film, we aimed to showcase the beauty and diversity of Hong Kong to the world. We hope that it can serve as a window for people to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of this amazing city.

    Once again, thank you for this award, and we hope to continue making films that inspire and connect people from all walks of life.

    April 2023
  • barbara peikert

    Excellent organization, fast communication and a very engaged team. I am very honored that Snowshine received the GLIFF awards for Best Directed Short Film and Best Experimental Short Film.

    April 2023