Content Focus

Quality entertainment – A captivating story has the ability to connect viewers to emotions and ideas that might not be found in their daily experiences. Films provide a window to another world, an escape from the daily ‘grind’ and challenge viewers intellectually and emotionally, like no other medium. GRFF would like to encourage filmmakers to create content that is meaningful, constructive and encouraging while being entertaining.  

Transformative – Challenging films addressing social issues, injustice, discord and polarizing voices have the power to transform viewers by creating awareness, offering solutions and calling for change. GRFF aims to use the transformative power of film to impact issues by presenting content containing balanced perspectives from
credible sources.


Grand Rapids Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.


GRFF employs a three-tier judging system. All films are viewed once at minimum. 


The main exhibition is held during a four day festival in April taking place throughout Grand Rapids. Additional exhibition events are scheduled throughout the year.