FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia 21

Named One of Film Freeway’s Top Rated Film Festivals!

Celebrating the best indie films from across the globe!

Up to $20,000 in CASH AWARDS*

Celebrating Filmmakers for 21 YEARS!!

$1000 in Cash Prizes for BEST OF in every category that reaches 200 submissions!

ALL Science Fiction shorts and web series will be considered by our new partner for NON EXCLUSIVE PAID licensing and distribution deal, so if you create science fiction films, FirstGlance is a must submit!!

Filmmaker Screening Incentives at the Film Fest and the BEST social media marketing of any film festival on EARTH!

Every Selection receives over $150 in perks!


Open to filmmakers across the globe, the 21st Annual FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia screens professional, first time, student, national and international filmmakers, celebrating the best in indie film making.

With over 25 nominating categories chosen by a committee of professional filmmakers and FirstGlance Alumni, plus Audience Choice Awards!



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)


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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 1800 films to over 160,000 attendees and has the most active Short Online Contest, having screened over 600 short films to over 140,000 online viewers and voters over the past 9 years.

Our Friends:

Film Shortage, Film Snobbery, Film Threat, Fans of Film, New York Film Academy, Scene PR, WebVee Guide, 7th Matrix, Turnabout Media, Film Fervor, Follow Magazine, FGN inc, Film Sprites.

(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.