Film Submission to GBFF

Tenth Anniversary Season Event

Join us for the Tenth Anniversary Season Event of the  Green Bay Film Festival.

GBFF festival will take place over several weeks starting February and wrapping up March of 2020. Specially selected films have an opportunity to be played in the festival segment called "Films Around Town" (playing in various venues around town) leading up to a weekend extravaganza event March 6-8, 2020 at St. Norbert College. 

The 2020 Festival includes networking opportunities for filmmakers over the weekend extravaganza with parties, and a Sunday morning Pancake award ceremony. All of GBFF weekend extravaganza events are within walking distance with reduced hotel accommodations right across the street from our screening venue. We also provide the filmmaker “Green Room” a private setting where your conversation and networking continues throughout the weekend!

GBFF has a multitude of categories!

Besides our annual Features, Documentary, Short and Wisconsin Films, this year we are planning special film events and will be looking for films that have content that we can create a bigger event from, so if you have a film and some ideas about how to create a bigger event from your film we are ready to listen (proposals in your cover letter) if you find your film fits in Animation, Children & Family, Cultural, Thriller/Horror or is a Wisconsin made film, you’ll want to be sure to select that option! GBFF always has a Short film segments, documentaries and features playing during their weekend sessions. Plus, be sure to consider submitting to GBFF's ever popular Saturday Night THRILLER & HORROR segment.

This Year's Categories Are: 
SPECIAL EVENTS• DOCUMENTARIES • FEATURES • SHORTS • THRILLER & HORROR Shorts • WISCONSIN’S OWN

We hope you will attend and help us create an experience that goes beyond "watching a movie"! We connect filmmakers and audiences in a community setting! We include “talkbacks” following the films between our filmmakers and audiences and for those hot topic’s, we bring in specialists from various fields.
We delight in giving our Filmmakers extraordinary welcomes in traditional Midwest fashion. Make your Name and Film headlines to a community thirsty for talent with a thriving knowledgeable film base. 
As one filmmaker said, “Green Bay is the perfect place to host a film festival. The talent is real and everyone’s doors are open.” We couldn’t agree more. 

AWARDS

All films submitted will compete in noted categories and be awarded a $50 cash prize for:
 

Juried Awards:
GBFF 2020 Titletown Award for Best Feature
GBFF 2020 Titletown Award for Best Documentary
GBFF2020 Titletown Award for Best Short Film
GBFF 2020 Titletown Award for Best WISCONSIN’S OWN FILM

GBFF 2020 Audience Choice Award for Best Short
GBFF 2020 Audience Choice Award for Best Feature
GBFF 2020 Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary
GBFF 2020 Audience Choice Award for Best Wisconsin’s Own

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Green Bay Film Festival does not select the category you are competing in.  Your category selection when submitting your film determines which category you compete in.  Note: if GBFF feels that your film fits into a different category, you will be notified with an option to change. Please review the categories to insure your film fits the appropriate category.

**NOTE: ANY film who receives a fee waiver or is invited by the festival will not be considered in Competition.

Dates & Deadlines

Dates & Deadlines

 

  • May 17, 2019 Opening Date 

  • July 14, 2019 Earlybird Deadline

  • August 31, 2019 Regular Deadline

  • September 20, 2019 Late Deadline

  • November 20, 2019 Notification Date

  • February 6 – March 8, 2020 Event Date

 

  • Earlybird Deadline
  • Standard: $12  USD
  • Regular Deadline
  • Standard: $15  USD
  • Late Deadline
  • Standard: $25  USD

CATEGORIES

Special Event Films

We are looking for films that have content that we can create a bigger event from, so if you have a film and some ideas about how to create a bigger event from your film we are ready to listen (proposals in your cover letter).  

Features

We are accepting feature films for consideration with a running time of 45 minutes or longer from any country. We will be playing a variety of features and hope to give our audiences a well-rounded selection! Features will be playing throughout the festival with one selection kicking off on opening night. If your film is Wisconsin made, Documentary, or Thriller/Horror, please be sure to submit in that category for a better opportunity for selection.

Shorts

We are accepting short films of all genres for consideration with a running time of no more than 45 minutes. Films can be from any country. Shorts will be playing throughout the festival. If your short is a Wisconsin made, Documentary, or Thriller/Horror, please be sure to submit in the suitable category.

Documentaries

A "creative treatment of actuality". A nonfictional film intended to document some aspect of reality, to instruction or maintain a historical record.  Documentaries can be any length and originate from any country.

Wisconsin's Own

As part of our mission to encourage & support local filmmakers, we are looking for films made in Wisconsin and/or films made by Wisconsin filmmakers. These can be features or shorts of any genre. If you don’t put your film under this category, we won’t be able to give you the special consideration we like to offer Wisconsin’s talent! If your film is a Thriller or Horror film, we ask that you submit in the Thriller/Horror category for our special Saturday night event. Please note that you are a Wisconsin film in the cover letter.

Thriller & Horror Shorts

Our Saturday night Thriller /Horror films have become a traditional event.   If your film fits in this category be sure to sign up here!