3rd Annual

Global Impact Film Festival

August 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017

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Short Documentary
We are looking for documentaries that provoke and inspire change. We want to motivate our audiences to react to the current issues.
Short Narrative
"Storytelling is at the heart of the human experience". The short narrative can be either dramatic or comedic that makes an impact on its audience. Our audiences want to be entertained.


The Global Impact International Film Festival, brought to you by DCBX, is a dynamic independent film festival that focuses on cultivating global outreach, celebrating culture and supporting non-profit organizations through their selection of socially impactful films. Our mission is to empower lives by celebrating the power of media for social justice. We showcase films that provoke and inspire social change.


This year’s theme, the Emerging Power of Media for Social Justice, will showcase films that provoke and inspire social change.

Last year, some major topics in films both in the documentary and narrative category included agriculture, the environment on a global scale, homelessness, sexual abuse and refugees in different parts of the world, to name a few.

Previous speakers and talent have included the likes of Jaws Cinematographer, Bill Butler; Mind and Media's Aldo Bello and DC Stunts Coalition's Dylan Hintz among others.

We will showcase short documentaries and narratives as well as provide attendees with informative workshops and fun networking events.

The following awards will be given to the selected winners at our Awards Ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 27th in Washington, DC:

Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Audience Choice Award, Global Impact Award, and more.

Each filmmaker selected will not only have a chance to showcase their work, they will be interviewed as part of our Discussion Den Series, an intimate conversation with attendees, which will air on DCBX news.

This year’s schedule is packed with thought provoking, informative and inspiring films, discussions, workshops and nightly events.

Mark you calendar for AUG 25- 27, 2017 for this third annual celebration!


Emily Aguilar; Katherine Aguilar (Executive Producer); Lee Smith Jr. (Executive Producer)


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All short films must be uploaded via the Secure Online Screener function on Withoutabox. Film completed prior to January 2013 are not eligible for consideration for the 2017 edition of the film festival. Short films do not have any premiere requirements. US and International do not forfeit their eligibility for submission to the festival if they were pervasively released theatrically or via any home video platform, broadcast or streamed on television or the internet, or screened at any number of film festivals in the world. Films that have been submitted for Festival consideration in previous years are eligible for resubmission for 2017 Festival consideration, but only if the film has been changed significantly since the previous year it was submitted. GIFF reserves the right to determine a previously submitted Film's eligibility, without refund of any or all submission fees the film as compared with the previously submitted version. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted film. GIFF will not be held responsible for any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement. GIFF reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the applicant, any film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrights content or materials. Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. If accepted, applicants must send in the film digitally for exhibition, no exceptions. Films submitted and digitally sent to the festival if accepted is ONLY for the use of the exhibition of the film for the third annual Global Impact Film Festival.