Call for Entries for 23rd Annual FirstGlance Film Festival

/Call for Entries for 23rd Annual FirstGlance Film Festival

march, 2020

01mar12:00 am13jul(jul 13)11:45 pmCall for Entries for 23rd Annual FirstGlance Film Festival

Event Details

FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia’s Independent Film Festival since 1996, opens call for entries for their 23rd annual event on March 1, 2020 on for all short subject categories for super early deadline and all categories on March 23, 2020.

FirstGlance is open to filmmakers across the globe and accepts submissions in all genres, especially horror, sci-fi, fantasy, drama, and comedy from professional, first-time, student, national and international indie filmmakers with films in the following categories:

(Local and International: Live Action and Animation accepted in every category)
Feature Film (over 60 min.)
Feature Documentary (over 45 min.)
Short Film (under 60 min.)
Shorts Too (under 10 min.)
Short Documentary (under 45 min.)
Student Shorts (under 20 min.)
Music Videos (under 7 min.)
Web Series Pilots (under 15 min.)
Animated Shorts (under 30 mins.)
Trailers (under 5 mins.)

FirstGlance awards over $40,000 in prizes and giveaways annually plus offers cash prizes to categories that receive over 200 entries, produces a live awards presentation and nominations in over 20 categories, Audience Choice in all categories, plus Best of Audience awards for each category, and BEST OF FEST award winners and a Special Shot in Philly Category that welcomes submissions produced and shot in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania regions.

Additionally, semi-finalists in Shorts Categories are invited to take part in their Short Online Contest hosted by which has been running twice yearly for over 12 years alongside the physical festivals for the opportunity for one filmmaker to win over $2,000 in prizes and a screening spot at the next FirstGlance Festival.

For complete details and prize packages, visit


March 1 (Sunday) 12:00 am - July 13 (Monday) 11:45 pm

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The Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) is a "film commission" representing southeastern Pennsylvania that officially serves the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

We are a member of the Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI). GPFO, first established in 1985 as a part of Philadelphia city government, continues to reside within city offices.

In 1992, we became a regional economic development agency, incorporating in 2000 as the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.


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