16th Annual

SONscreen Film Festival

April 06, 2017 to April 08, 2017


Professional Short


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
February 17, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 100.00 95.00
Student Fee 50.00 45.00
Regular Deadline
March 7, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 125.00 120.00
Student Fee 60.00 55.00

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

Category Details

Approximately March 15, 2017

Shorts: maximum 30 minutes

Projects completed after February 1, 2015

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is not a competition.
No prizes/awards entered for this category.

Category Rules

Some of the guidelines and rules have changed from previous years, so please take note. Festival entries fall into three categories: Student Films | In Competition, Student Films | Out of Competition, and Professional or Non-Student Films | Out of Competition

The SONscreen Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

Payment of submission fee does not guarantee inclusion in our festival. If your film is chosen as an official selection SONscreen does not compensate for travel, accommodations, or appearance fees unless otherwise offered. SONscreen reserves the right to schedule changes and may at any time revoke a film screening, festival passes, accommodations, and any other filmmaker agreements for any reason.


Once the film is accepted to the SONscreen Film Festival, DIGITAL Screeners will be required.

The director reserves the right to rescind any screening engagement if the film is not delivered on time. The SONscreen Film Festival holds your screeners in a secure fashion and takes the filmmakers rights very seriously. Your screener must be in final format upon acceptance.

The individual or institution submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the SONscreen Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Student Films | In Competition:

Festival entries are open to all undergrad and graduate students enrolled in school at the time of film production.

High school and College/International entries that are accepted are eligible for the category for which they are submitted. High School students may enter other categories.

Students must be enrolled in film courses at the time of production.

Film may not be more than 24 months old.

Entries must be submitted by the stated deadline.

All films/videos submitted must be in English, subtitled in English or dubbed in English.

Entries are not to exceed 30 minutes in length. All High School submissions must be 10 min. or less.*

The five categories for competition are: Dramatic Short, Comedy Short, Animation Short, Documentary Short, and High School Short.

Entries must be submitted through the online submission process, which is described below.

Films must have been completed while filmmaker was a student at a recognized educational institution. No paid commercial, theatrical, or TV releases will be accepted.

SONscreen requires that all above the line production roles be filled by students. The film director and producer must be currently enrolled students at the time of production. Other creative roles may be filled at the discretion of the filmmakers. We encourage as many of the other creative roles as reasonably possible be filled by students as well, and to only receive instructional help from professional. These distinctions are difficult to draw specific lines around, but the festival director reserves the right to disqualify a film if there is significant creative influence by teachers or other professionals. Festival director will make a decision attempting to be most fair to all films and filmmakers in competition.

Each film goes through a selective screening process. Winners will be chosen by a jury of professionals.

Winners are expected to participate in the publicity for the SONscreen Film Festival as well as other promotional events.

The decisions of the judges are final. There is no objective process in the selection of winning films, as each juror has different backgrounds and experiences that guides their decision.

Winners and all attendees are responsible for travel and all expenses.

Professional | Out of Competition:

This category includes both independent Professional and Non-Student Amateur filmmakers. A select number of works are featured each year for exposure and acknowledgment of their work, mentoring purposes, and professional networking opportunities.

Where applicable, the submission criteria is the same as outlined in the “Student In Competition” section, such as the 30 minute time limit.

Pro Show submissions must include a bio and list of other works credited.

The submission must support SONscreen Film Festival themes and a representative must be present at the Festival for the Question and Answer session following the screening.

OTHER Films | Not in Competition

The SONscreen Film Festival reserves the right to include works to be screened at the festival through invitation only. In these cases, they are included for the enhancement of the festival experience and are not in competition with the other official selections.

Online Submission Process

Submit your film at WithOutABox.com

Once you have submitted your Without A Box entry, please upload a Secure On Line Screener, which we will use to determine if your film meets the SONScreen requirements. If accepted, we will then send you instructions to upload a version of your film for the judges to view.

Include the following information with your film: Name of Filmmaker(s), School or Organization, Mailing Address, Email Address, Phone Number, Title of Film, Run Time, Submission Category (one category per film)

NOTE: All entries must be uploaded no later than the final deadline, with no exceptions. If possible, please do not wait until the last minute, as it may get you more exposure from the selection committee who spends a great deal of time watching the films.

Only one (1) draft version of the film may be accepted prior to deadline (if final cut is not available in time, but submission acceptance is based on this draft version so we do not encourage incomplete/draft works to be submitted).

Upon acceptance into the festival, a final cut must be supplied at least 2 weeks prior to the festival or the film may be pulled from the festival due be being incomplete. We recommend you always carry a digital copy of your film with you to the festival--just in case there is a mix-up.