Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival

The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIIFF) is happy to take audiences and moviegoers on a global journey celebrating culture through art and film. Please be a part of this experience by submitting your films for the 8th Annual Garifuna Indigenous International Film Festival.

The GIIFF, currently one of the nation’s most prestigious film festivals celebrating Garifuna, the Caribbean and indigenous cultures from around the world will be held on May 2019 in Venice, California.
Since its launch, the GIIFF has showcased a variety of films and documentaries created by Garifuna filmmakers as well as many other indigenous people and has hosted panel discussions, workshops, cultural presentations & Award Ceremony. It is, in essence, a venue that reconciles, entertains and portrays the very diverse and brilliant cultures to participants and attendees of the festival.
A professional panel of judges from the entertainment industry for Awards
Opening night event includes Black Carpet /media coverage!
Closing Night ceremony Black Carpet
Ambassador of Music Awards Live Music and performances
Award Ceremony/ recognitions
Filmmakers Workshops
Mental Health Awareness Symposium.
Fashion presentation
Art exhibition

Awards & Prizes
Engraved Plaques issued!
Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival Award
is a Humanitarian Award for a film or documentary that embodies change in the world that teaches and bring awareness to the causes of the indigenous.

Jury Award
Visionary Award
Best Documentary
Best Narrative
Garifuna Heritage Award
Garifuna International Indigenous Awareness Award
Animation Awareness of Culture Award
Indigenous preservation

Rules & Terms

– Feature films must have been completed prior to January 1, 2019

– World premieres of feature-length films and shorts are a high priority for the Garifuna International Film Festival, but GIFF will also present films and documentaries that have had prior screenings (as long as the subject matter is relevant to GIFF’s mission statement)

– Feature films that have had commercial, theatrical, television or internet play in the US are eligible. We encourage all cultures to participate.

*Indigenous groups with a film/documentary will have the opportunity to qualify for scholarship funding

– Feature films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival consideration and presentation

– Please observe the running time frames for your submission:

Feature-length Fiction and Documentary films 75 – 90 minutes
Short films 20 – 30 minutes
Mid-length short films 45 – 60 minutes)
– Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission

– Any film or documentary that is relevant to the mission statement of the Garifuna International Film Festival will be accepted. We will accept preview BLU RAY 's that are works-in-progress as well as films with temporary soundtracks or digital outputs

– Filmmakers must deliver final projects in Digital format, Poster & flyers
Screening format for short films digital format, Poster & flyers

Screening format for feature films: digital format, Poster & flyers

Screening format for documentaries: digital format, Poster & flyers

*University/College filmmakers submission: digital format, Poster & flyers

At GIIFF, we believe in supporting and encouraging young filmmakers (especially those who are from indigenous cultures ).
The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival accepts's submissions from students filmmakers in accredited University/College filmmaking programs.

Submissions from artists and fashion designers whose art and fashion reflects as well as depicts cultural awareness.`


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair