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San Francisco International Film Festival Call for Entries

Thursday, November 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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San Francisco, California - USA
April 4 to 17, 2018

In the Spotlight today is the 61st Annual San Francisco International Film Festival(SFFILM Festival). The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the SFFILM Festival is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and a major cultural event in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Filmmaker Kelly Duane de la Vega shares, "The SFFILM Festival screening experience is one of the best in the nation. There is so much thoughtfulness that goes into the programming and the surrounding events. The staff is incredibly supportive, and the screenings are well attended by a diverse and engaged audience-it's a filmmaker's dream."

Offering a variety of cutting-edge digital media presentations, experimental works, onstage tributes, and opportunities for Academy qualification in all shorts categories, SFFILM Festival simply has to be seen to be believed. In addition to programming extraordinary films and hosting career-enhancing networking events, the Festival places a unique emphasis on technology and innovation as they continue to enhance the filmmaking process. The SFFILM Festival leverages its position in the innovation capital of the world to forge collaborations with several of the Bay Area's most influential cultural institutions, tech companies, community and activist groups, and media entities to include important thought leaders in public programs and engage them with visiting filmmakers.

SFFILM Festival offers close to $40,000 USD in cash awards for filmmakers including McBaine Documentary Feature Award ($10,000), Best Narrative Short ($2,000), Best Youth Work ($1,000), New Directors Prize ($10,000), and more. Filmmakers with a feature film screening will receive complimentary travel and lodging to help kick off a successful festival experience. All attendees enjoy an incredible two weeks of unforgettable films, informative workshops and salons, and countless opportunities to learn from the top talents from the world of cinema. The festival annually attracts an audience of more than 70,000 film lovers, and welcomes more than 4,000 students in grades 3-12 through its unique Schools at the Festival program.

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November 6, 2017 - Regular Deadline
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SFFILM champions the world's finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. The crown jewel of the SFFILM's exhibition program is the San Francisco International Film Festival. Through intelligent and innovative programming, SFFILM Festival creates singularly vital experiences for audiences of all kinds. An essential stop on the international film festival circuit, SFFILM Festival is well regarded as a significant celebration of world cinema in one of the country's most beautiful cities.

In 2017 the SFFILM Festival introduced Launch, a boutique industry initiative that matches a curated slate of new films seeking distribution with select buyers within the unique environment created by the Bay Area's passionate and diverse audiences. Several Launch titles secured theatrical and VOD distribution deals during the program's inaugural session.

Features, Shorts, and Youth Works (18 year and younger) are invited for submissions - qualify your project today!