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San Francisco International Film Festival

International Film Festival in San Francisco.

About

San Francisco is the "oldest festival of the two Americas" and is an important festival particularly for the public. The variety of the program and the great number of special awards are attractive for the audience and the filmmakers.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the San Francisco International Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the short film (live action, documentary and animated) competitions for the 88th annual Academy Awards. 

Awards

Feature films

  • New Directors Prize (for a debut narrative feature) — $10 000 
  • McBaine Documentary Feature Award — $10 000 
  • McBaine Bay Area Documentary Feature Award — $5000 
  • Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

Short films

  • Documentary Short — $2000 
  • Narrative Short — $2000 
  • Animated Short — $2000 
  • New Visions Short — $2000
  • Family FIlm — $1500

Youth-produced short films

  • Youth Works — $1000 

 

Rules

  • Productions completed after January 1, 2018;
  • Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed. However, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible.
  • US premiere recommended;
  • Projects must be a premiere in San Francisco Bay Area.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out online entry form;
  • Pay registration fees;
  • Submit film via Withoutabox system or send it by mail on DVD. 

Additional Information

The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.

Selection Media Type

  • Withoutabox Secure Online Screener
  • DVD PAL/NTSC

Screening Media Type

  • HD CAM
  • 35 мм
  • DCP

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Director
Roxanne Messina Captor

Program Director
Mrs. Rachel Rosen

Documents

Place

United States
San Francisco

Official website

festival.sffs.org

Contacts

Address:

San Francisco Film Society
39 Mesa Street, Suite 110
The Presidio
San Francisco CA 94129
U S A

Phone: 415-561-5000
Fax: 415-440-1760

Email: gga@sffilm.org
info@sffilm.org

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Earlybird Deadline
    October 01, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    November 05, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    December 03, 2018
  • Extended Deadline (Youth Works)
    January 11, 2019
  • Notifications
    March 15, 2019
  • Event dates
    10 — 23 April 2019
Categories & Fees

Narrative, Documentary and Animated feature films, 50 minutes and over in runtime.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $60
  • Regular Deadline — $75
  • Late Deadline — $100
  • Extended Deadline (Youth Works) — free

Fiction, Documentary and Animation between 30 and 50 minutes runtime.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $70
  • Late Deadline — $90
  • Extended Deadline (Youth Works) — free

Fiction, Documentary and Animation under 30 minutes runtime.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $60
  • Late Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline (Youth Works) — free
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