The San Diego Film Festival's mission is to support the growth and distribution of the motion picture arts through supporting filmmakers, through connections, eduction and exposure, bringing independent and noteworthy film to a diverse audience, and promote San Diego as a thriving film and arts community.
Our aim is to present outstanding film and artists from around the world. We strive to uncover and foster filmmaker talent through education, promote contacts between industry professionals to assist in the development of the motion picture industry in San Diego, and build a community that appreciates and understands the motion picture arts. With special focus and support for Women in Film and Native American projects we hope to cast the widest possible net to grow future generations of filmmakers and movie goers in San Diego and around the world.
Some Programming Spotlight categories include: Animated Shorts, World Cinema, Native American, Action Sports, Military, LGBT, Student, Women Filmmakers, Health, and Environmental Films.
Documents and Other Requisite Items
Each entered film must be submitted on its own DVD(s) or BLURAY(s) and accompanied by its own completed “Entry Form”.
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.
The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. The SDFF will not pay the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker.
City premiere required.
Jury and Organizers
Organizer — Stephanie Inscoe.
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Student narrative, documentary, and shorts are those films completed for degree requirements or while in school of a university or film school program. Student shorts represent solid storytelling and emerging visions from a broad range of categories, and also includes student animation.
To be considered for the Native American category, the film must be directed, produced or co-produced by a Native American or explore a topic pertinent to Native American culture. A runtime of any length is permitted.
Films entered in this category must be under 30 minutes in length and contain a significant amount of animation.
Films that honor our U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel by telling their stories, in order to help bring closure, create understanding and bridge the gap of empathy between the civilian community and our sailors, soldiers and airmen fostering the spirit of One Nation unified on the home front.
Using the power of documentary films to tell transformational stories with lasting social impact and to create positive change in the world. The goal is to bring awareness to worldwide social issues. Issues can include, but are not limited to, homelessness, violence against women, LGBT+, Eco-Environmental, discrimination.
Films longer than 30 minutes may be considered.
We accept documentary, animated and experimental shorts in this category as well (maximum 30 minutes).
Films must be longer than 30 minutes.