14th Annual

2019 SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
January 13, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Student Fee 30.00 *
Regular Deadline
April 7, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Student Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
June 2, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Student Fee 45.00 40.00
WAB Extended Deadline
July 7, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Student Fee 50.00 45.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately August 19, 2013

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)
  Microsoft Word (.doc)
  Rich Text (.rtf)
  Plain Text (.txt)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
We will make your film. One short-film script will be chosen for film production by SF Shorts in 2014. The winning script receives in-depth story notes with a professional script analyst and will work with SF Shorts to bring the film to screen. Scripts will be judged for vision, story, character, dialogue, and ability to be produced on a budget of less than $5K. In addition, the winning writer will receive goods and services of approximately 1,900 U.S. Dollars.
Value of Goods/Services: 1,900 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

Winning scripts by more than one writer will have the prize divided among members at the writing team’s own discretion.

Every script is read by a programming director of the festival.

SF Shorts intends to make a film from the winning script. If the film is produced, it is also guaranteed to screen at the SF Shorts Film Festival 2014.

Scripts may be from all live-action, narrative, non-period, non-effects-based genres, but must be 10 pages or less. No two column scripts will be accepted.

Script submissions must be the original work of the applicant and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the writer does not own rights. . Scripts adapted from other works are not allowed.

Script must not have been previously optioned, purchased, in production or produced. Any script that becomes purchased, optioned or put into production before award by SF Shorts, will be eliminated from the competition with no entry fee refund.

Once the entry is received, no rewritten/corrected pages will be accepted.

The short script must be in industry standard format, in English, and must be no longer than 10 pages in length. Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft. Script pages must be numbered.

Script must be in English. All non-English language screenplays must be translated and submitted in English.

The script should have TITLE page containing: the title, author's name, E-mail address, phone number and home address. All submissions must include a logline (1-3 sentences) and a synopsis (no more than one page).

We suggest that you use a professional screenwriting software application; however, scripts must be sent to us, exported as either an Adobe *.pdf file, a Word document, an *.rtf, or a *.txt. PDF is recommended to maintain proper formatting.

Additional Conditions :
I have supplied truthful and accurate information. The material that I have submitted is mine, I own full copyright, free and clear of any interests, and the material is original to me. I understand that many stories and ideas are similar in some ways, and although many stories or ideas are different, they may share a common theme. All applicants grant permission to SF Shorts to use their names and/or likenesses for publicity and/or promotional purposes without further compensation. If you are a finalist or semifinalist you agree to give SF Shorts the permission to post on its web site your script's logline, synopsis and excerpts. All contest participants acknowledge the following: The winner grants SF Shorts and/or its assigned representative, all rights to the finished produced film and provide a waiver of so called "moral rights," and SF Shorts and/or its assigned representative(s) will be the producers of the winning screenplay. Details of the production and the writer’s role therein will be negotiated after the award of the script. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission. Applicant must not have won a fellowship or writing contest that includes a “first look” clause. No entrant may have earned money or other consideration as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay for more than $50,000. Entrant may not be a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

We strongly suggest you register your screenplaywith either the Writer’s Guild (www.wga.org), the U.S. Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov) or ProtectRite (www.protectrite.com).

Entering this competition represents my accepting all the terms and conditions specified above.