Guam International Film Festival


Years running: 11 (since 2011)

Guam International Film Festival

International Film Festival.


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.

We encourage filmmakers of any level (student, amateur or professional) to submit works of any genre. We are especially interested in feature films, documentaries, short films, Pacific Asia themed films, family-themed films, animation and student films.


  • Grand Jury Awards: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short
  • Audience Choice Award: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Made in the Marianas, Student Under 18
  • Best Made In The Marianas Award: Made in the Marianas
  • Best of Festival: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Made in the Marianas, Student Under 18
  • Best Actor: Narrative, Made in the Marianas, Student Under 18


  • GIFF 2017 submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2019 and must not have been publicly exhibited on Guam prior to the Festival.
  • We are particularly interested in presenting Pacific Asian Premieres.
  • The Festival will not consider works-in-progress, films with temporary sound tracks but will consider work that did not originate from film.
  • To be eligible for Made in the Marianas section: 
    • Films must be produced in the Mariana Islands.
    • Films must have at least 50% of principal photography shot in any of the Mariana Islands.
  • We accept only secure online screeners via FilmFreeway, Vimeo or YouTube instead of DVD’s.

Selection Media Type: online

Screening Media Type: MOV

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

Regional premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Don Muna (Executive Producer, Co-Founder); J.D. Iriarte (Festival Director); Kel Muna (Co-Founder, Festival Programmer).



United States
Hagatna, Guam

Official Website



Guam International Film Festival
P.O. Box 326686
Hagatna, Guam USA 96932


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    July 13, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    July 20, 2020
  • Notifications
    August 01, 2020
  • Event Dates
    16 October — 1 November 2020
Categories & Fees
  • Regular Deadline — free

Any genre, including narratives, documentaries, animation, student films and music videos.

  • Regular Deadline — free

Music videos must not exceed 10 minutes in length.

  • Regular Deadline — free

Narrative, Documentary, Animation under 40 minutes in length.

  • Regular Deadline — free

Narrative, Documentary, Animation over 40 minutes in length.

  • Regular Deadline — free
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