Geneva Film Festival, Geneva, IL

Last Chance to Submit Your Film - Geneva Film Festival Submissions Close November 8

Since its beginning in 2007, the Geneva Film Festival has grown in popularity and status in the independent film festival community. Festival organizers are looking forward to an even bigger and better event in 2018. Previous year’s selection of world-class films originated from dozens of countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil and India to name a few.Geneva has long been a destination for affluent, well-educated, and culturally aware visitors from the Chicago area and around the globe. Local businesses and event sponsors benefit from ongoing tourism and the festival's growing popularity. National and international companies also enjoy the opportunity to enhance brand awareness with this influential demographic.

In addition to world-class films, the event features a special screening of the Emerging Cinematographer Award Winners from the International Cinematographers Guild, a filmmaker meet and greet and much more.

We've teamed up exclusively with the world's best submission platform:

Submit Your Film to the Geneva Film Festival

Awards & Prizes

Award recognition goes to: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Emerging Feature Filmmaker and Emerging Documentary Filmmaker (for 1st and 2nd time directors), Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short, Student Visionary Award (Best Student Short), Young Filmmaker Spotlight Award (Best Grade/High School Short), and Best Musical Short.

Visit our filmmakers' page for more info.


 10th Annual Geneva Film Festival: March 8-10, 2018!

Save the date! The 10th Annual Geneva Film Festival will be coming to town on Thursday, March 8, Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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9th Annual Geneva Film Festival Recap

We want to send a HUGE thanks to Bill Hogan and The RAW Image for creating this outstanding video montage of the 2016 Geneva Film Festival! Complete with filmmaker interviews, commentary from our Executive Director, Scott Rolf, plus volunteer interviews, and a behind the scenes look at what goes into pulling off this event.

Geneva Film Fest 2016 from Bill Hogan on Vimeo.

About the Geneva Film Festival

The Geneva Film Festival is part of the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and run by a dedicated team of volunteers who devote their time and energy to produce world-class, quality events for all involved. The Geneva Film Festival provides a unique experience that attracts repeat audiences each year. Sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission in Geneva, Illinois, the Geneva Film Festival has rapidly become a well-known venue for filmmakers, writers, producers, and actors to screen a variety of independent films and screenplays.

The Geneva Film Festival relies on the generous support of our public and private sponsors and affiliates to make this event possible. We value your participation!

Located just 40 miles west of Chicago in Kane County, the city of Geneva is an exciting community that is home to many artists and unique retail businesses. More importantly, the people of Geneva pride themselves on being a sophisticated audience with a warm affection for the art of filmmaking.