16th Annual

SONscreen Film Festival

April 06, 2017 to April 08, 2017



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
March 10, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
Student Fee 50.00 45.00
Late Deadline
March 17, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 100.00 95.00
Student Fee 75.00 70.00

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

Category Details

Approximately March 28, 2013

Shorts: From 3 minutes to 5 minutes

Projects completed after December 1, 2011

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

A press kit is requested but not required, including:

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Special Jury Award
Sponsor:Adventist Community Services
Cash Award Value: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

Some of the guidelines and rules have changed from previous years, so please take note. Festival entries fall into two categories: Student In Competition and Out of Competition

Student 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 they are entered into, but are also eligible for the Jonathan Dulan High School Award and Scholarship.

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

Entries must be submitted by the stated deadline.

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

With rare exception, entries are not to exceed 30 minutes in length. PSA's are to be 60 seconds or less. All High School submissions must be 10 min. or less.*

The five categories for competition are: Drama, Comedy, Animation, Documentary, and Public Service Announcement (PSA).

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 (or not more than 24 months old). 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 SSFF reserves the right to disqualify a film if there is significant creative influence by teachers or other professionals. SSFF will make a decision attempting to be most fair to all films and filmmakers in competition.

Each work 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.

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 SSFF themes and a representative must be present at the Festival for the Question and Answer session following the screening.

The SSFF 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

Complete and submit the SONscreen Usage Agreement Form (PDF). (Also available online in the submission form. These rights are non-exclusive)

Upload your film. Once you submit your film, you will receive an invitation within a few days from our Wistia account, instructing you to upload the film. A document will be included that will walk you through the process on the Wistia website, as well as the technical specifications. This is a change from previous years; we will no longer accept mailed submissions.

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.