San Francisco Independent Film Festival (21)


03 Apr 2018
Call for entries

02 Jul 2018
Early deadline

01 Oct 2018
Standard deadline

16 Oct 2018
Late deadline

16 Oct 2018
Festival closed

01 Jan 2019
Notification date

07 Feb 2019
21 Feb 2019


2440 16th St #107,  94103, San Francisco , California, United States

Festival description
Short Films 45'<
Feature Films >46'

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 October 2016
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
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- Any feature or short no more then 18 months old is eligible for consideration.

- Features: longer than 45 minutes.

- Shorts: Up to 45 minutes.

Festival start: 07 February 2019      Festival end: 21 February 2019

We are looking for the best features, shorts, docs and animation we can find to present in San Francisco. For 20 years SF IndieFest has developed a great reputation for filling theaters, getting press and throwing great parties. Films at our fest regularly get Variety reviews, picked up at other fests and find rabid groupies following the makers around town demanded autographs and buying them drinks. We're consistently listed as a "best" fest in Chris Gore's book (last time I checked anyway). And now we have cash prizes funded by one of our loyal fans! Last year's prizes amounted to $1000 each for best feature doc and best feature narrative and $500 for best short chosen by our loyal Season Pass holders.


"Festivals bring unexpected benefits. Festivals are essential for brand creation. Premiering at Tribeca was enough to convince people to at least listen to me, but surprisingly it was the San Francisco Indie Fest that was just as crucial for our theatrical release. Our press from this festival in February ‘08 helped convince the Red Vic to book us in April (I thank the amazing S.F. publicist Karen Larsen for convincing me of this in advance). We also incorporated festivals into our broader theatrical release, and while we did not claim them as cities in our 17-city count, they helped give us something to crow about."

"I've got to tell you that Indiefest was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I tell all filmmakers - and festival organizer friends of mine - how you run your fest and how you run each film twice. Every single time people look at me with shocked disbelief. Truly, Bonnie and I loved being a part of the event.
Thanks again for including us. SF Indiefest really made me feel that making YEAR was worth the whole effort.

Press Coverage for last year's Festival:

Audience Awards, Cash Jury Prize

-Any feature or short no more then 18 months old is eligible for consideration.



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