Years running: 11 (since 2009)

San Jose Short Film Festival

International Short Film Festival in San Jose.


The SAN JOSE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (SJSFF) distinguishes itself as a festival that caters to filmmakers and their craft. Beginning with the Red Carpet event and "Premiere Selection" screening & Opening Night After-Party at the prestigious Santana Row complex. Four day event includes multiple screenings, workshops and technology demonstrations, plus nightly Filmmaker Receptions that celebrate the best the festival has to offer. Audiences receptive to world class cinema join with SJSFF filmmakers in this four day festival filled with premiere networking events, filmmaking panels and a chance for film-lovers & filmmakers alike to mix and mingle with fellow artists and attendees. 


  • Best Short Film 
  • James Gunn Independent Filmmaker Award 
  • Best Comedy Short 
  • Best Animation 
  • Best Documentary 
  • Audience Awards Winner


  • All films must be no longer than 30 minutes, including credits and may cover any genre (note: always looking for more films under 5 min in length).
  • Rough cuts and work-in-progress prints are acceptable as long as the final (completed) film can be delivered prior to August 10th
  • We encourage all genres to submit as we have multiple blocks over the 4 days of the festival, including: Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Animation, Sci-Fi and more.
  • Our preferred method for submissions is via online screener, digital streaming via private link or password protected via Vimeo or similar sites (via Withoutabox or Filmfreeway systems).

Screening Media Type: DCP 

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Bill Hargreaves — Festival Registrar and Founder
  • Sinohui Hinojosa — Founder



United States
San Jose

Official website



P.O. Box 53869
San Jose, CA 95153
United States


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    December 11, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    February 28, 2019
  • Regular Deadline
    May 01, 2019
  • Late Deadline
    June 01, 2019
  • Extended Deadline
    June 21, 2019
  • Notifications
    July 31, 2019
  • Event dates
    24 — 27 October 2019
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50

All films must be no longer than 30 minutes, including credits, and may cover any genre of film: Comedy Drama Thrillers Animation Foreign Sci-FI Documentary Kids & Family Shorts.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
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