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Geneseo Insomnia Film Festival


You and your team have 24 hours to write, shoot, edit and post a 3-minute video... GO! Your team will compete for prizes against other SUNY Geneseo students in an attempt to incorporate three elements (from a list provided by the GIFF Overlords) into the most witty, interesting, and compelling video. This is a chance for students of all talents to flex their creative muscles and demonstrate a variety of skills, whether they be writers, actors, videographers, or editors. Rally the troops and get started!

The details at a glance

2024 Timeline

  • January 1st
    Registration Opens
  • March 9th
    Spring Break Begins
    Registrants Past this Point Will Not Receive T-Shirts
  • March 16th
    Spring Break Ends
  • March 18th
    Pre-Event Meeting (Drop in South 345 between 3:00-5PM)
  • March 22nd
    GIFF Begins (5PM)
    5:00 PM
  • March 23rd
    GIFF Ends! (5PM)
    5:00 PM
  • April 24th
    GREAT Day Awards Ceremony
    6:00PM, Wadsworth Auditorium
    More details


First Place TBD
Second Place TBD
Third Place Valuable Geneseo Swag Bags


Video submissions will be judged by a panel of five SUNY Geneseo Faculty and Staff. Each judge will use a subjective zero to five scale in each of the following categories:

  • Impact: Did the judges laugh? Did they cry? Did it make them think?
  • Cinematography: Was the the video visually compelling?
  • Story: How well written, thought-out and portrayed is the story being told using the elements provided?
  • Gestalt: How did the totality of the video strike the individual judge?

2018 Award Winners

Contact Us

Email dolce(at)
In Person Come Visit the GIFF HQ in South 225A
Phone (585) 245-6111
Twitter @GeneseoInsomnia