HAGATÑA, Guam-The Guam International Film Festival has officially announced its open call for entries to begin on Feb. 1, for its third annual event scheduled to take place in September. Submission forms can be completed directly online at the official GIFF website, www.guamfilmfestival.org.
Deadlines to submit films for the 2013 Guam International Film Festival are:
- April 5, 2013: Earlybird postmark deadline
- June 7, 2013: Regular deadline
- July 5, 2013: Late deadline
- July 19, 2013: WAB extended postmark deadline
Festival categories for both feature-length and short films include Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Made in the Marianas, Music Video and Student Under 18. Submission fees are waived for entries that qualify for the Made in the Marianas and Student Under 18 categories. Works that are eligible must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012.
The submission form and complete information regarding eligibility and official entry rules for the 2013 Guam International Film Festival are available on the GIFF website at www.guamfilmfestival.org.
“In just two years we've seen tremendous growth in not only the amount of submissions and global awareness of the Guam International Film Festival, but also the caliber of filmmaking that has come to our shores,” said GIFF program director Kel Muna. “Nearly 200 submissions from 27 different countries featuring Oscar winners and local filmmakers have made its way to GIFF last year. We're very excited to see what's in store for 2013.”
The Guam International Film Festival is the first and only annual U.S. film festival in the Western Pacific.
Founded by filmmakers Don and Kel Muna in 2011, it is an international cinema event exhibiting a dynamic source of cross-cultural artistic presence, bridging gaps among the United States, Asia, and the Pacific's multicultural population and region.
GIFF's mission is to foster cultural understanding through the art of cinema while providing opportunities for local talent to flourish through the international cinema market. In its brief history, GIFF has already screened works featuring some of the most notable U.S. talent including Oscar winner Alex Gibney, Emmy winner Sasha Alpert, Adam Brody, Gwen Stefani, Jay Duplass, Richard Gere, Stan Lee, and Roger Corman as well as top Asian talent such as Kazuhiro Soda (Japan), Benito Bautista (Philippines), Sang-Cheol Lee, Ah-Ga Shin (Korea) and Yeh Tien-Lun (Taiwan). GIFF has also screened world and U.S. premieres for Guam films including I Heart GU (2011) and Mga Dayo: Resident Aliens (2012).
For more information, visit GIFF at www.guamfilmfestival.org, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.