OCT 4 – 8, 2017

Submit Your Film!

IT’S TIME TO SHINE!
The 16th annual San Diego International Film Festival invites you to submit today for a chance to shine a spotlight on your film!  With the belief that cinematic storytelling can make a difference in our world, the San Diego International Film Festival is dedicated to shining a spotlight on films that make a difference.  Riveting Film Screenings and networking events are accompanied by great parties, great people and stunning views of sunny San Diego – Chosen the #1 Best Travel Destination in the US by Money Magazine.

SDiFF is a competitive five-day festival for U.S. and international independent films and filmmakers with two “film village” locations including the vibrant Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp district and the iconic beach community of La Jolla.  SDiFF offers filmmakers and audiences, industry insights, educational panels, exciting discussions at intimate gatherings and opportunities to learn and grow as you explore the art of cinema.

The slate of films that are selected at the festival offers a wide range of programming from creative narrative features to thought-provoking documentaries to engaging and enlightening short films. Topics in film we specifically cultivate include Women in film, Native American, film exploring the role of veterans and the Armed Forces, Student Film projects, Sports, Horror, Animation and World Cinema.



DEADLINES

January 23rd – Submissions open on all platforms.

March 1, 2017 (6pm PST, postmark) – Early Entry deadline for all categories.

May 1, 2017 (6pm EST, postmark) – Official Entry deadline for all categories.

June 26, 2017 (6pm EST, postmark) – Late Entry deadline for all categories.

July 9, 2017 (6pm PST, received by) – Extended Entry Deadline for all categories.

October 4 – 8, 2017 – San Diego Int’l Film Festival (the “SDiFF17″)

Note: Submissions may be in work-in-progress form; however, works that are not final cuts must be clearly marked “Work in Progress (WIP)” or “Rough Cut” with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.g., temp sound, Avid output, missing animation, etc.) Also, due to the volume of submissions, only ONE physical replacement version (i.e. final cut) will be accepted and replacement copies will not be accepted after TBA (unless solicited by the Festival).

ENTRY FEES

Entry Fees:

Early Entry Deadline (3/1/2017) – Shorts: US$30; Features: US$40

Official Entry Deadline (5/1/2017) – Shorts: US$45; Features: US$55

Late Entry Deadline (6/26/2017) – Shorts: US$65; Features: US$75

Extended Deadline (7/9/2017) – Shorts: US$95; Features: US$105

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: Entry fees for student submissions will be discounted upon receipt by the Festival of a photocopy of a current and valid student ID card or a letter from an accredited school-verifying enrollment. Student Discount is $10 off submission deadline cost.

Local SD Resident: Entry fees for local SD residents submissions will be discounted upon receipt by the Festival of a photocopy of a current and valid drivers license of residents in San Diego. This can me mailed or emailed to the festival. The Local discount is $10 off submission deadline cost.

HOW TO ENTER

Apply online at anyone of the options below:

1. FilmFreeway.com

2. Withoutabox.com

3. Or Mail-in Physical Form: 2016 Physical Form

Submit online materials and Screener or mail all required entry materials (see below).

ELIGIBILITY

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 SDFF17 (“Premiere”; see criteria in charts, below).

Feature films, short films, documentaries must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

ENTRY MATERIALS

All entries must include the following:

An online official SDFF17 “Entry Form” properly completed.

The entry fee(s)

TWO DVD OR BLURAY copies of the work, formatted for multi-zone or for Zone 1 (North America) and labeled with the work’s title, running time, format (PAL or NTSC), and director(s) name(s). Entries in any other format will not be accepted for preview. Check that each submitted DVD plays in its entirety on consumer DVD players. Also, do not put adhesive labels on the discs unless it is a professional output job (if burning yourself, use a permanent marker to write necessary information).

Note: It is Entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure all ENTRY MATERIALS arrive at the SDFF17 shipping destination within the deadline window selected by Entrant. Films submitted for the EARLY or OFFICIAL deadline must arrive in our offices no later than 5 weeks from the postmark date. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, which does not arrive at the SDFF17 shipping destination within the deadline window selected by Entrant. Up to 5 weeks after the applicable submission window deadline, Entrants may email programming@sdfilmfest.com or call (619) 818-2221 to find out if the Festival received the submission.

*Entry materials will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES

Each entered film must be submitted on its own DVD(s) or BLURAY(s) and accompanied by its own completed “Entry Form”; please do not send a compilation DVD composed of works for separate entries.

RE-ENTRY

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).

INVITED WORKS

Festival programmers select and invite all the films to be presented at the SDFF17. 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 SDFF17 at programming@sdfilmfest.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

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 SDFF17; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at SDFF17; 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 SDFF17.

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.

All exhibition copies must be delivered in DCP, or BluRay format.

The Festival will arrange (and pay cost of) return shipping your print(s)/video(s) to one location after the conclusion of SDFF17.

You must provide a properly completed and signed official SDFF16 “Acceptance Agreement Form” and “Filmmaker Program Information Form” including all press and publication assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist”.

You must provide at least one DVD or BluRay copy of the final, completed film for Festival archives and internal purposes.

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Works invited to participate in the SDFF17 will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, at their sole discretion. Sections included the following:

FILMMAKER BENEFITS

IN COMPETITION:

Narrative Features

Open to works from all regions, but must be at least a San Diego “Premiere”.

Eligible for: Best Narrative Feature, Chris Brinker Award (1st time directors only), Best International Film, U-T San Diego Award, Chairman’s Award, Kumeyaay Award, Best Animated Film, Audience Choice Award – Feature.

Documentary Features

Open to works from all regions, but must be at least a San Diego “Premiere”.

Eligible for: Best Documentary Feature, Chris Brinker Award (1st time directors only), Best International Film, Military Award, Chairman’s Award, Kumeyaay Award, Audience Choice Award – Documentary.

Shorts (narrative and documentary)

Open to works from all regions, but must be at least a San Diego “Premiere”.

Eligible for: Best Narrative Short, Best Animated Film, Kumeyaay Award, U-T San Diego award, Audience Choice Award – Best Short

Student Shorts must be produced through an accredited educational institution.

Shorts will play either in a Shorts program or before a Feature film.

Programming Spotlights

Some Programming Spotlight categories include: Animated Shorts, World Cinema, Native American, Action Sports, Military, LGBT, Student, Women Filmmakers, Health, and Environmental Films.

2 VIP Filmmaker Badges with full access to all screenings and events

5 Complimentary Tickets for the filmmaker’s screening

Filmmaker Brunch including networking with industry professionals

Discounted accommodations for filmmakers

Industry-oriented seminars and workshops

Potential for one-on-one meetings with prominent entertainment industry professionals

Complimentary admission for some of the leading tourist and cultural attractions in and around San Diego.

AWARD ADDITIONAL

Award eligibility is subject to any restrictions or conditions imposed by applicable laws and regulations (international, federal, state or otherwise), and the award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, customs, tariffs, insurance and similar charges or costs (if any).

All new Features by first time directors at SDFF17 are eligible for the Chris Brinker Award presented at the Tribute. SDiFF in its sole discretion may also consider North American or International Premieres for the Best New Narrative or Best New Documentary Awards.

All new Features and Documentaries are eligible for the “Audience Award,” regardless of section.

2017 Awards listed in the above Festival sections and Awards sections are subject to change.

SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL ENTRIES SHIPPING ADDRESS

All submissions must be sent prepaid (including any applicable customs fees) to:

FILM ENTRIES:

San Diego Film Festival

Attn: Programming Department

2683 Via de la Valle, Suite G210

Del Mar, CA 92014 USA

For Programming questions: programming@sdfilmfest.com

Or call: 619-818-2221

For Programming questions:
Email: programming@sdfilmfest.com
Or call: 619-818-2221