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Film Submission FAQ

Learn more about submitting a film to the San Diego International Film Festival.

Mailing Address:
San Diego Film Festival
Programming Department
2683 Via De La Valle, Suite G210
Del Mar, CA 92101

Email: programming@sdfilmfest.com

Phone: 619-818-2221

The submissions deadline is a “postmarked by” deadline. If your film is postmarked past the deadline you will be prompted to make the additional payment to bring your account up to date.

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are accepted. Be sure to note on the submission cover letter what elements are still being worked on.

All films completed after January 1, 2017 are eligible for submission.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance by September 1, 2018.

If you cannot upload your film via WithoutABox, please fill out the NON-WAB form. Email: programming@sdfilmfest.com to inquire or you can find it on the Submit Now Page.

Submission materials will not be returned due to the large number of entries.

Filmmakers of any age may submit their film.

Student filmmakers must note the film was a student film production in the synopsis/cover letter field of your Withoutabox submission and send a photo copy of your current student ID. If you do not provide a CURRENT copy of your student ID you will be prompted to make an additional payment in order to bring your account up to date.

Only if the previous version was a rough cut and the film has changed since then and was completed in the previous year.

The submissions deadline is a postmarked by deadline.

Unfortunately, due to the numerous requests, we are unable to make any adjustments to the fee structure.

Please be sure to label the DVD with the title, contact information, Withoutbox or Film Freeway tracking number and run time.

Yes, we do consider rough cuts and works-in-progress. Please note in the submission cover letter what elements are still being worked on.

Yes, soon after we receive your submission and payment on Withoutabox, your film status on will be changed to green.  If it was a physical entry please email: programming@sdfilmfest.com

Our final decisions will be announced on approximately September 1st. All filmmakers will be contacted via email.

Yes, however our only requirement is that films must be San Diego premieres.

Your film must only be a San Diego premiere to be considered. However, higher premiere status will be taken into consideration when making final decisions.

Yes, but each film must be submitted and paid for separately through the submission platform.

No, please send only ONE submission per DVD please.

It is not required to send any additional materials, however if you wish, we do accept electronic press kits.

A copy of your student ID and a note that the film was a student film production in the synopsis/cover letter field of your WIthoutabox submission.

It is suggested that you retain at least film festival rights for your music.

Unfortunately due to time constraints and the large number of submissions, we are unable to give individual feedback.