FirstGlance Film festivals began in 1996 in the basement of a small theater in Center City Philadelphia. It started as a small theatre company in Philadelphia that wanted to help fellow filmmakers get their projects shown in a public venue for others to enjoy. Its mission was a one time weekend to show projects that might otherwise not be seen by moviegoers in the Philadelphia area. With a rented video projector and a bunch of large screen TVs, they had a successful weekend showing about 20 projects to about 150 people…The FirstGlance Film Festival was born.

FirstGlance decided to move forward with film festivals and make its event annual. With filmmaker interest, their sister festival opened in Burbank California in 2000 to a similar audience in a 35 seat screening room and has also become a growing annual event.

To date, FirstGlance has produced thirty two film festivals, shown over 2000 award winning films to over 150,000 attendees and over 300,000 online viewers of the Short Online Contest in its 14th incarnation in 2015.

FirstGlance Film Fests have grown to 250 seat venues with state of the art digital projection capabilities, including 3D film with Dolby Surround sound or better!

In addition to producing their award winning bi-coastal film festivals, FirstGlance has year round activities that include On-line Short Film Competitions, Show Us Ur Shorts Screenings, Web Series Playoffs, Short Film Productions, and Online Distribution.

Message from FirstGlance

FirstGlance Film Festivals would not be possible without indie filmmakers making great films! Independent film festivals would not exist without your perseverance, hard work, and your loyal and undying vision to create art the way YOU want without the assistance of big studios and outside investors. We salute you for that and thank you for your consideration and support of our events and website.

FirstGlance looks forward to bringing many more indie films to new audiences through the festivals, website, and partnerships with online distributors and to bringing new opportunities to filmmakers that no other festivals in the world can.


William Ostroff – CEO and Founder, FirstGlance Film Festivals

Andrea DiFabio – VP Communications and Public Relations

Andrea DiFabio is a marketing consultant and freelance writer specializing in the fashion, arts and entertainment industries with 20 years experience in marketing communications. As owner of the communications company, AD Communications, she offers clients sharper marketing strategies and improvement of their communications methods. She has a degree in Radio-Television-Film from Temple University and has worked on location and in the studio with video crews, musicians, editors and animators.

For the past 10 years, she has worked with FirstGlance to oversee branding, public relations, advertising, marketing, market research, marketing communications, and collaboration on website design strategy and activities. She has been published in Movie Maker Magazine and has secured media placements for FirstGlance in Time Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Metro, City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, and Philadelphia Style Magazine.

Alumni Board of Directors

Nicholas LaRue

Michael Rymer

Jsu Garcia

Jesse V Johnson

Jeff Wadlow

Laurie Seidman

Jennifer Yee

Benjamin Pollack

Joe Leonard

Ash Adams