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06-Mar-2015 6:10am PDT  


FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia

18 Annual October 23, 2015 to October 25, 2015

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PO Box 571105
Tarzana CA 91356
Phone: 215-552-8566

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Feature Films
Feature length Narrative or Animated films over 60 minutes.
Short Films
Short Narrative Films between 11 minutes and 30 minutes.
Shorts Too
Short narrative films that run 11 minutes or less.
Short Documentary
Documentaries under 60 minutes.
Feature Documentary
Documentaries films that run 60 minutes or more.
Student Shorts
Short subject narrative and documentaries under 30 minutes produced, written or directed by a currently enrolled college undergraduate or high school student.

Must provide current semester bill and copy of ID to be eligible for this category.
Shot in Philly
Projects shot in Philadelphia. Starring, produced or directed by a Philadelphia native, working in Philly or around the globe.
This category celebrates indie filmmaking in Philadelphia. Locals encouraged!
Graduate Student Shorts
Any short film produced by a graduate student or student in an MFA or specialty school, like AFI.
International Shorts
Any International short film under 30 minutes from any country except North America. Can be in any language, but must be subtitled in English.
International Shorts Too
Any International short film under 10 minutes from any country except North America. Can be in any language, but must be subtitled in English.
3D Films
Studio and Independent films shot in 3D
Animated Shorts
Animated shorts that run under 30 minutes.
Music Videos
Independently produced music video under 7 minutes.
Web Series Pilots
Web Series Pilots under 15 minutes. Sponsored by KoldcastTV.
Science Fiction Shorts
Science Fiction Genre Short Films
Fantasy Shorts
Fantasy Short Films
Live Action or Animated
Action/Thriller Shorts
Action and Thriller Shorts
Fan Films
Fan Films and Spoof Videos pertaining to Pop Culture subjects like
Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, DC, Marvel, etc.
Must be original and not use trademarked footage from studio films.

FirstGlance's mission is to provide indie filmmakers, both professional and student, the opportunity for exposure, exhibition, encouragement and opportunities to get visibility beyond the festival route.

In the past 18 years, FirstGlance has become a premiere international venue for up-and-coming indie directors, animators, and documentarians from around the globe to showcase their amazing films.

The festival has been named multiple times by Moviemaker Magazine, as "one of the best film festival investments", named by Time Magazine as "one of the festival's for the rest of us" and has been touted as one of the biggest little festivals in North America and "Philly's Slamdance"

Established in 1996, FirstGlance is proud to be recognized as one of the first independent film festivals in the United States. As the festival expands with new sponsorships, record attendance and bigger prize packages, we look forward to finding even more ways to support filmmakers.

We are a festival by indie filmmakers, for indie filmmakers and we take pride in being a visionary festival that celebrates independent film on both coasts.

FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia has been a champion of indie film since 1996 by supporting filmmakers from around the globe with state of the art screenings, theatrical and streaming distribution opportunities and more.

All Official Selections receive a festival awards package valued at over $200.00. All selections get promoted through our highly trafficked online trailer network with over 400K views and our social media which we promote you unlike any film festival in the world.

This year, we continue our short online contest, available to select short films we're unable to program due to festival programming constraints, with a secure online theater, where registered voters can watch and vote on their favorites. In our past 11 contests, we've screened over 350 shorts with over 120,000 registered voters, and the winner is awarded with over $2500.00 in prizes and a premiere screening at the next FirstGlance Film Festival.

$1,000 in cash will be awarded to the audience favorite film in each category that receives 200 entries or more.

BEST OF FEST Winner share over $40,000 dollars in prizes annually from Sony, Glidecam Camera Support, Showbiz Software, Movie in a Box, Gorilla Software, Final Draft Software, Frame Forge 3D, Video Blocks, Audio Blocks, Graphic Stock, Shot Lister, Beachtek, G-Tech, Boris FX, Red Giant Software, True Vision Entertainment and more.

In the past 8 years we have an 94% distribution rate on feature length projects. 50 feature length films received distribution and 33 were exhibited in limited release in theaters. Multiple director alumni from FirstGlance have gone on to direct a major motion picture releases.

(prizes subject to change and festival discretion, not all winners will receive all prizes)

Bill Ostroff (Festival Manager)

Must be submitted on DVD (NTSC) region 1 or 0 or online screener
(if sending physical media, 2 DVD's are required)
If uploading streaming screener, No need for physical DVD
Must include title and credits.
No trailers or other projects should be included on the submission DVD.

All entries must be accompanied by:
Check, Money Order payable to FirstGlance Films in US Dollars or paid online through WAB by the DEADLINE DATE you submitted your entry information.

The postmark date is the date it leaves your post office, not the date we receive it. IN our continued effort to keep costs down for filmmakers, you do not need to express, overnight or rush deliver, just be sure to send the film on or before the deadline date.

If your film is postmarked after the deadline, entrant will be responsible for entry fee difference. If entry fee difference is not paid, project will be disqualified.

A Clean DVD copy of entry- (NTSC only)
(Please type or print your WAB number on DVD and case)

NOTE: Projects will not be returned.

Students MUST submit proof of attendance.(CURRENT Semester bill) and copy of student ID. (Undergrad or below)

Graduate programs and specialty programs like AFI are considered regular entries. (DO NOT ENTER INTO STUDENT CATEGORY)

All entrants will be notified of acceptance by E-mail only. (Make sure your email address is current and valid)

After acceptance of projects, the entrant is free to publicize his/her work to any and all media she/he deems necessary. FirstGlance provides an exhaustive list of media contacts and a customizable press release online. Please notify FirstGlance of any media support you receive.

Remember: DVD ONLY. If your project is accepted you will be notified for exhibition copy and screening capabilities at the festival. Please be sure it is a clean copy. (PAL formats are not accepted.)

Pending acceptance of your title and exhibition at FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia, you agree that your film will NOT be exhibited to the public in the Philadelphia area within a month of the event, either at a film festival/series or an individual cast and crew screening at a venue in the area set up by you or another individual or organization.


The undersigned entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless FirstGlance Films, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, sponsors, partners, representatives, contractors, agents, venues and volunteers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including, without limitations, attorneys fees). The undersigned entrant authorizes FirstGlance Film Festival, to promote the entry in part for any publicity purpose prior to, during, and after the competition. You agree to be bound by these guidelines and the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects and to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the contest or the rules. The signature of applicant constitutes that the entrants information is true and correct and agrees to all competition rules and guidelines. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.