Filmmakers

Submissions for the 10th Annual Geneva Film Festival are now open! We've teamed up exclusively with the world's best submission platform:

Submit Your Film to the Geneva Film Festival

The Geneva Film Festival accepts submissions in the following categories:

  • Narrative Feature
  • Documentary Feature
  • Narrative Short
  • Documentary Short
  • Animated Short
  • Musical Short (Music Video)
  • Student Short:
  1. Student Visionary Award (College/ Graduate School)
  2. Young Filmmaker Spotlight (Grade School/ High School)
Category Length
FEATURES - Running time more than 40 minutes
SHORTS - Running time less than 40 minutes

Submissions Open: March 10, 2017

Entry Deadlines

Deadline Date
 Earlybird Deadline  May 10, 2017
 Regular Deadline  July 12, 2017
 Late Deadline  September 13, 2017
 Extended Deadline  November 8, 2017

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A jury of film industry professionals will judge the submitted works.

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.

Last year, more than 35 films from around the world were shown at the 2016 Geneva Film Festival.

Filmmaker Benefits

Your innovative film is important to us! We work hard to promote the festival all year round and have a dedicated team of volunteers who help to publicize the event via digital, print and radio media channels. Selected films will have their posters and trailers featured on our Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter.

Your film posters will be on display in the storefronts of our sponsors' businesses throughout the Fox Valley region and in the festival screening rooms and lobby.

Come join us, visit our charming town, and grow with us as we present the 10th annual Geneva Film Festival showing the newest and most inspirational independent films!

Filmmaker Testimonials

"My time spent at the Geneva Film Festival was really great.  I appreciated the hospitality of the people that hosted the festival.  The City of Geneva has a small town charm to it that should really be experienced.  The twelve films that I watched were all strong and captivated my attention.  I walked out of those films very satisfied with what I saw and experienced.  I got to talk to a lot of filmmakers and learned what they do and where they're from.  It was also fascinating to watch their films and hear them talk about them during the Q& A session.  Overall, I am very glad that I went to the Geneva Film Festival to screen my film.  It was the first festival that I got into, and it was a great experience." - Raj Patel, A Slice of Life

"Apart from the hospitality and intimacy of the festival, the thing I was most impressed with was the Q&A Breakfast with the Filmmakers event. Film festivals are about bringing new ideas and stories into a community to enrich it. I felt that the direct interaction with people from the area at that event was certainly enriching, both for the community and for the filmmakers participating." - Bryan Campbell, Looking For Trouble

"From arrival to departure, the Geneva Film Festival was a wonderful experience. Geneva is a beautiful, comfortable, friendly, easy to navigate city with excellent shops, restaurants, and antiquing. The Festival Organizers and Volunteers were friendly, helpful, and easy to work with. They made me feel welcome and like a "celebrity!" The film venues were comfortable and the films were moving, exciting, meaningful, beautifully filmed, and more! The range of film topics was amazing and the quality was unbelievably high. Alzheimer's: A Love Story was honored to be at the festival, was well received by everyone present who saw it, and we won "Best Student Short!" What a weekend. Thanks, Geneva Film Festival.' - Michael Horvich, Alzheimer's: A Love Story

"We were thrilled to have our musical short "Dichterliebe: POETLOVE" selected for the Geneva Film Festival, and we had a fantastic time presenting it to the wonderful people of Geneva. The Festival's team was extremely responsive and helpful in the lead up to the festival, and it was especially nice to have our film screened twice, with two Q & A's, to get even more audience feedback and interaction. We particularly enjoyed the variety of films being shown at the festival, and the way films were grouped not by genre but by theme. And what a lovely town to spend a weekend in! Thanks for everything!" - David Paul, director, Dichterliebe: POETLOVE