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We are indeed living in unprecedented times. In an increasingly complex and divided world desperately in need of healing, the San Diego International Film Festival is dedicated to using film to create conversations.
Since 2011, this Festival has advocated that cinema is a catalyst for positive change because it provides perspectives that often touch our hearts leading us to help find solutions. The curated independent films presented by this Festival have covered topics such as homelessness, prejudice, pollution of the world’s rivers, animal and environmental extinction, sustainability, sex-trafficking, military life, and so much more. The Festival also presents ‘feel good’ films that inspire and reinforce the best in all of us … as well as fun films that simply provide a much-needed laugh.
Your voice is more important than ever. And your submissions are more important than ever as we navigate these challenging times together.
We thank you for your passion, your perspectives and your creativity.
– San Diego International Film Festival Team
SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL SHORTSFEST – MAY 14 – 16th
The mission of the San Diego International ShortsFest is to use film to start conversations on important topics affecting our world and our shared humanity. We believe short films tell powerful stories. What’s going on in your part of the world? What are you passionate about? Who are your local heroes? What are you thinking about these days? What’s your dream for the future?
Share your short film during the 3-day ShortsFest with a global audience of your fellow Filmmakers, Film Lovers and the Film Industry and be a part of what San Diego is creating in the virtual film world. SUBMIT TODAY!
SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – OCT 14 – 24th
We are so excited to announce we are extending the festival to 11 days! Submit your features, documentaries and short films to our bigger parent Festival! Topics in film we specifically cultivate include Women in film, American Indian Cinema, film exploring the role of veterans and the Armed Forces, Student Film projects, Sports, Horror, Equestrian, Animation and World Cinema. SUBMIT TODAY!
May 14 – 16, 2021
SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
Oct 14 – 24, 2021
SUBMISSIONS OPEN NOW
San Diego Intl Film Festival
2683 Via De La Valle, Suite G344
Del Mar, CA 92101
Call: (619) 818-2221
THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING TO US!
Dec 21, 2021 – Submissions Open
January 25, 2021 – Earlybird Deadline
February 26, 2021 – Regular Deadline
March 29, 2021 – Late Entry Deadline
April 9, 2021 – Notification Date
May 14 – 16, 2021 – San Diego International ShortsFest
SAN DIEGO INTL FILM FESTIVAL DEADLINES:
February 1, 2021 – Submissions Open
March 13, 2021 – Earlybird Deadline
May 1, 2021 – Regular Deadline
June 26, 2021 – Late Deadline
July 20, 2021 – Extended Deadline
ShortsFest Entry Fees:
Early Entry Deadline (12/25/2021) – $28
Regular Entry Deadline (1/25/2021) – $35
Late Entry Deadline (3/15/2021) – $42
Notification Date: 4/9/2021
Note: Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.
Students & Local SD Residents: Please submit in the designated “Student” or “Local San Diego” Category for a $5 discount.
To be eligible for consideration:
Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.
Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.
The film MUST maintain at minimum a “San Diego Region” premiere status prior to the Festival (“Premiere”; see criteria in charts, below).
Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2020.
The San Diego International Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. For a list of competitive categories, please see our awards page. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.
If selected, the SDiFF will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.
Every precaution is taken when handling your film once submitted to us but we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damaged files that are submitted to us.
Yes we accept more than one entry per filmmaker. Each entered film must be submitted on its own in the online platform of your choosing.
If your work was submitted and considered for previous editions of the San Diego Film Festival, you may re-enter it and if all eligibility requirements are met (see above).
Festival programmers select and invite all the films to be presented at the upcoming years Festival. Invited filmmakers will be notified by email or phone via the information provided on the submitted entry form. Make sure to update us with new contact information or any other festival invitations prior to the Festival, Email: email@example.com. If your film is invited, your premiere status will be confirmed with you and locked. Should you accept any other festival invitation that breaches this premiere status commitment, the Festival has the right to rescind the invitation.
If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival:
You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at the upcoming Festival; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at the upcoming Festival; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless San Diego Film Festival, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at the upcoming Festival.
You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival (i) one exhibition copy of the invited work; (ii) a second exhibition copy, if your film is in competition (to accommodate juror screenings); and (iii) additional exhibition copies, if requested by the Festival (to allow for multiple screenings at more than one venue). We recommend you ship via courier in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands.
The Festival will arrange (and pay cost of) return shipping your print(s)/video(s) to one location after the conclusion of the Festival.
You must provide a properly completed and signed official “Acceptance Agreement Form” and “Filmmaker Program Information Form” including all press and publication assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist”.
Works invited to participate in the upcoming Festival will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, at their sole discretion. Sections included the following: Features, Docs or Shorts.
– 2 Filmmaker Virtual Badges with full access to all virtual screenings
– Virtual Filmmaker Meet ‘n’ Greet networking with industry professionals as well as our CEO & Artistic Director Tonya Mantooth
– Access to panels or virtual events
– Potential for one-on-one meetings with prominent entertainment industry professionals
All submissions must be sent prepaid (including any applicable customs fees) to:
San Diego Intl Film Festival
Attn: Programming Department
2683 Via de la Valle, Suite G344
Del Mar, CA 92014 USA
For Programming questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call: 619-818-2221