FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia 20

Philadelphia’s Independent Film Festival since 1996!!

Celebrating the best indie films from across the globe!

Up to $20,000 in CASH AWARDS*

Celebrating Filmmakers for 20 YEARS!!

For the 1st time in our history, FirstGlance will be awarding CASH PRIZES!!

$2000 for Best of Fest Winner…Plus another $2000 if the category reaches 200 submissions!

That’s a POSSIBLE $4000 USD for the winning filmmaker!

$2000 in Cash Prizes for BEST OF in every category that reaches 200 submissions! Over $20,000 in CASH PRIZES possible!

Plus Filmmaker Screening Incentives at the Film Fest



Early DEADLINE- June 9

Regular  DEADLINE – July 9

Late DEADLINE- July 23


Open to filmmakers across the globe, the 20th Annual FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia screens professional, first time, student, national and international filmmakers, celebrating the best in indie film making. 

This years festival OPENING NIGHT will take place in the 500 seat Kimmel Center on Broad Street in Center City Philadelphia and continue Sat and Sun at the Painted Bride Art Center in Olde City!

Our 20th Anniversary Weekend Oct 6-8 2017

Check out the amazing Prize Packages we offer!

(Local and International: Live Action and Animation accepted in every category)
Feature Film (over 60 min.)
Feature Documentary (over 45 min.)
Short Film (under 60 min.)
Shorts Too (under 10 min.)
Short Documentary (under 45 min.)
Student Shorts (under 20min.)
Music Videos (under 7 min.)
Web Series Pilots (under 15 min.)
Animated Shorts (under 30 mins)
Trailers (under 5 mins)




Submit on Withoutabox

FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Along with our festivals, FirstGlance offers a number of short films not programmed at our festival, the opportunity to be part of the longest running Short Online Contest, where the winning film wins over $2000 in prizes and the opportunity to premiere at our next event!

FirstGlance Film Fests have been named 5 times as “1 of the 25 Best Film Festival Investments” and “Top 25 Film Festivals” and “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in Moviemaker Magazine and “One of the top 25 indie film friendly businesses in the world”.

FirstGlance continues to champion indie filmmakers from around the world, making FirstGlance Film Fests, the longest running and most notable independent international film fests in North America with 97% of feature films screened acquiring limited theatrical and VOD distribution.

FirstGlance awards over $50,000 in prizes and giveaways annually and offers distribution opportunities to all our Official Selections.

FirstGlance Film Festivals are the longest running international bi-coastal indie film festivals in the United States. FirstGlance has theatrically screened over 1750 films to over 150,000 attendees and has the most active Short Online Contest, having screened almost 600  short films to over 130,000 online viewers and voters over the past 8 years.

Our Friends:

Film Shortage, Film Snobbery, Film Threat, Film Break, Fans of Film, New York Film Academy, and Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, Scene PR, WebVee Guide, 7th Matrix.

(All information, dates and prizes subject to change and festival discretion, not all winners receive all listed prizes.)

*Cash Awards dependent upon number of submissions per category and overall for festival. Minimum $2,000 Cash to BEST OF FEST winning film