2017 Great Lakes International Film Festival

2017 Official Selections List

2017 Film Nominations

2017 Award Winners

The 2017 Great Lakes International Film Festival has concluded. Films are no longer available for viewing or to vote for. Thank you for another successful year. 


Showcasing the best films of the 2017 season, the Great Lakes International Film Festival will be held LIVE in the great city of Erie, Pennsylvania starting on September 21st, 2017, with our virtual Festival taking place September 21st thru 30th, 2017.

We would like to offer our deepest, heartfelt appreciation to the hundreds of Filmmakers, from every corner of the globe that submitted to our Festival this year, and our most sincere congratulations to all those who were officially selected.

If you submitted to our festival this year and did not receive an email on September 16th that notified you that your film was officially selected, and the name of your film does not appear on the official Selections list, regretfully and unfortunately your film was not selected for this year’s Festival.  Please keep in mind that not having been selected for this year’s Festival is in no way a negative commentary on your film.  We truly wish that we could select every film submitted this year, but because of time constraints, this simply was not possible.

Please keep in mind, only films nominated for and award will screen in our live festival event, while all films selected will screen in our virtual festival.

Considered among the most popular film festivals in the world, the 16th annual Great Lakes International Film Festival will be screening films from all genres that include feature and short length films,  Documentary, Experimental, Religious/Spiritual, and Animation films, along with Comedy, Horror, and all genres of Music Videos and GLBT films for the 2017 festival.

In addition to awards presented to Filmmakers for Best of Genre, our Festival will present an Audience Award to the Filmmaker whose film is the most popular with our attendees, and that receives the most attendee votes.


Opening the door for other organizations, festivals, and filmmakers to show the world what amazing contributions Erie people had to make to the Indie Film Community, the Great Lakes International Film Festival is celebrating not only its 16th anniversary but Erie film and those who make the magic that we see on the screen.

From the feature narrative genre to documentary to animation; experimental, horror and Spiritual films, the Great Lakes International Film Festival celebrates the film arts in dynamic transition. As emerging technologies continue to redefine the form, filmmakers from the Great Lakes region, across the country and around the world express the common and the diverse through the age-old tradition. — The art of the story….