The tenth annual Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) is set to begin Saturday, November 7th, 2020 and will run every weekend through December 5th, 2020. This will be the first virtual version of the Festival which will stream live online for free, worldwide. It will also be televised simultaneously on KGTF Channel 12, PBS Guam.
The month-long cinematic event will showcase an official lineup of 34 films from Guam and 23 international films from the Cook Islands, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Bulgaria, Chile, Russia, Italy and more. GIFF has had a record-breaking year in 2020 with submissions from over 800 international entries from 84 countries.
2020 LOCAL RETROSPECTIVE TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT
The emphasis of this year’s film festival is centered around indigenous Pacific Islander films with a special retrospective showcase featuring award-winning and nominated local films that have screened as part of GIFF within the past decade.
“I’m happy to commemorate the Festival’s tenth anniversary by honoring our own stories,” said GIFF Program Director Kel Muña. He added, “With so many unsettling moments taking place this year, we wanted this GIFF to be a special ‘thank you’ note; an expression of humble thanks and gratitude to our local GIFF audiences, participating filmmakers, and community & business leaders that have supported the Festival and its mission by way of community, education and entertainment throughout the past ten years.”
Returning to lead the GIFF Grand Jury for its tenth consecutive year is head juror Dr. Tom Brislin of University of Hawai’i at Manoa along with Gabrielle Kelly of the American Film Institute. Kimberlee Bassford, a student Academy Award winner and Sundance-supported filmmaker, will be making her GIFF debut as a Festival juror.
For more information regarding the festival, including film showtimes, please visit the website at www.guamfilmfestival.org.