San Francisco Film Festival

Festival Description: 
The festival itself is a collection of razor edge independent films and bands. Included in the festival are nights of live music concerts, short films, animation, global features, long and short documentaries, skate films, music documentaries, and music videos.

Selected films in the last session:

All films screened and accepted into the festival inspire the artistic with work that is leading film, music, and cinematography's evolution and will ensure the Bay Area's reputation for innovation in the arts.


Awards & Prizes: 
  • Best Picture Award (Feature Film)
  • Best Documentary    
  • Best Short Native Film
  • Best Short Documentary
  • Best Commercial
  • Best MTV  
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenwriting
  • Best Animation Award
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Music Score
  • Best Sound and Effect
  • Best Action Design
  • Best Leading Actor
  • Best Leading Actress  
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Sofia University Humanity
  • Best Student Creation
  • Best Student Talent
  • Most Popular Film
Rules & Terms: 
  • If you choose to submit by mail DVD/BluRays must be clearly labeled with the title of film contact information and tracking number.
  • More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be submitted separately.
  • Films produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles or be dubbed in English. (unless special arrangements have been made with festival).
  • Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work.
  • The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.
  • You may have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories.
  • Each entry must have its on submission fee.
  • We prefer submissions through here, vimeo, or electronically.
  • SFFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
  • The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
  • I understand that submission of my work authorizes the San Francisco Film Festival to use the work for exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes related to the festival; that the Festival will handle the prints and tapes with a maximum of care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview, or screening; and that the Festival is also not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. SF Fest will never publish your film online under any circumstances.
Festival Contact Information: 
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Opening Date: 
September 05, 2022
Earlybird Deadline: 
January 10, 2023
Submission Address: 
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Regular Deadline: 
May 10, 2023
Late Deadline: 
June 20, 2023
Extended Deadline: 
August 01, 2023
Notification Date: 
August 10, 2023
Event Date: 
August 19, 2023 to August 20, 2023