Great Lakes International Film Festival


The 2015 Great Lakes International Film Festival has officially closed its Call For Entries for the current season.  We would like to thank the nearly 400 Filmmakers who submitted to this year’s competition, and please know that each and every film will be considered in its entirety for selection in this year’s Festival.

The bold visions, adventurous ideas, and artistically inspired projects that we received as submissions this year were all fantastic works, and every Filmmaker should be proud of the skillfully crafted film that they have created, which we are so honored to have the opportunity to consider for this year’s Festival.

After what we are sure will be a very difficult decision-making process due to the exceptional quality of all of the entries this season, on or before the 12th of September every Filmmaker will be notified if his/her film has or has not been accepted to this year’s Festival via the email address provided to us at the time that the submission was made. If you have submitted a film to us this season, but do not receive an email from us by September 12th, please know that it is not because we did not send the email, but instead because it was most likely lost in cyber space as many emails sometimes are.

The completed list of all submissions accepted to this year’s Festival will be posted on our site by no later than 19th of September. If you had submitted a film to us, but it does not appear on this list, your film was not accepted into this year’s festival.

Award nominations will be announced September 29th, and all award winners in every category will be announced on October 3rd at 8pm EST.

Showcasing the best films of the 2015 season, the Great Lakes International Film Festival will be held LIVE in the great City of Erie Pennsylvania starting on September 24th 2015, with our online festival taking place September 24th thru October 3rd, 2015.

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.