20th Annual

Sacramento International Film Festival

April 23, 2016 to May 01, 2016




Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
July 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 20.00
Regular Deadline
September 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 25.00
Late Deadline
October 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Final Deadline
November 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 40.00
WAB Extended Deadline
February 1, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 50.00

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

Category Details

February 15, 2016

Features: From 60 minutes to 240 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in Sacramento

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    
REGION 1    

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

REGION 0    
REGION 1    
REGION 0    
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Color Print
> Production Still Photos - Black&White Print
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Special Jury Award
Visionary Spirit award given for the best film, this special plaque recognizes film maker for outstanding work.
Sponsor:Armar Archbold

Visionary Spirit Award
This special recognition is presented to the filmmaker who most personifies the guiding principles of foresight, originality and perserverence of a visionary talent.
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Audience Choice Award
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Category Rules

Sacramento International Film Festival

Submission Guidelines:
The following guidelines govern submissions for this year's Festival. For more information, call 916-524-5138. Please read these guidelines carefully and follow all directions for submission.

General guidelines for all films

#1) Categories of Entry:
There are three main categories of entry for this festival, short form (under 20 minutes total running time), long form ( 20 minutes to an hour total running time), and features, (over one hour total running time), plus special Showcases.

Please make certain that you have specified which genre(s) your film falls under, in your Online Project Form. A genre helps our judges to identify the film's content. All styles of film will be accepted for review.

#2) Eligibility Requirements:
All Projects must have not played previously in the Sacramento area. Film's having premiered in other cities are always welcome. Employees and board members are prohibited from entering.

#3) Format Requirements:
Please submit a preview copy of your film on DVD or online secure screener. DVDs must be NTSC standard for the US in the 16 by 9 format or pillar-boxed. No PAL DVDs, anamorphic or other formats will be accepted for preview. If accepted, you will be contacted to provide a final screening copy on one of the accepted formats. Audio must be two channel mono or stereo, 48hz 16bit.

All final screening prints must be submitted on one of the following formats: 35mm, DVD, Blue Ray or digital file AS SPECIFIED BY FESTIVAL. All non-35mm media must be presented in a 16 by 9 format or pillar-boxed to fit a 16 by 9 aspect ratio. No anamorphic nor any other media formats will be accepted for screening.

#4) Disclaimer:
The Festival holds no responsibility for lost tapes, disc drives or films. Preview tapes are non returnable. Exhibition films or tapes will be returned only with proper return postage or arrangements made at filmmaker's expense.

#5) Exhibition Prints:
The exhibition copy must be the same film as was submitted for consideration. The festival does not accept unfinished works for consideration.

#6) Awards:
Awards and acknowledgments for Best International film, Best Short, Best Local Short, and;Visionary Spirit; Best Overall Film will be awarded at the festival. Winners may receive award statue plus valuable gifts.

By submitting your film you understand and agree that the festival may use any portions of your of film, to be determined at the festival's discretion, not to exceed 5 minutes in length, for any marketing activities to promote the festival and your screening. Use of film content may include but is not limited to playback over Access non-profit community TV channels, printed marketing pieces, commercial advertisements and Internet distribution.

By submission of your film, you understand and agree that the Festival holds no responsibility for lost tapes or films.

You understand that should your film be accepted, you will be notified by and asked to provide the final screening copy. Unless otherwise arranged, you understand that final screening copies on acceptable formats will be due in the office no later than Feb 30th.