15th Annual

San Diego Black Film Festival

April 25, 2018 to April 29, 2018


Documentary 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
August 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 40.00
Regular Deadline
September 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 65.00
Late Deadline
October 2, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 85.00 75.00
WAB Extended Deadline
November 3, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 125.00 100.00
Special Extension
December 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 125.00 120.00

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

Category Details

Approximately March 15, 2018

Shorts: maximum 60 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2016

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Audience Choice Award
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Best Cutting Edge Film
Framed award certificate
Sponsor:No Sponsor

1st Place
First Place Awards in the categories of: Best Film, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Animation, Best GLBT, Best Religious, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Short, Best Director.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Films entered into competition must be directed, produced, or principally acted by an artist of African descent in the USA or in any country, or by a person born in any country in Africa, or whose subject matter relates to African American culture or any cultures of Africa (including Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, etc.) regardless of race. Entries must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

Entries must not have been exhibited previously at a film festival in the San Diego area nor can it be available for rent or purchase on DVD or any other format for American audiences.

Each project entered into competition must pay an entry fee. There is no limit to the number of qualifying entries by any entrant so long as an entry form and fee accompanies each entry. Foreign language entries must be subtitled with English subtitles. Films cannot be re-entered into competition or the festival in general if previously rejected from the San Diego Black Film Festival.

Legal Notice: When submitting a film to the San Diego Black Film Festival you are representing that you’re; (a) duly authorized to submit such film; (b) you are in fact committing such film for screening at the San Diego Black Film Festival if accepted, and (c) hereby submit your film in consideration of a submission fee and the festival's promise to screen your film, if selected (excusing any technical issues). Accordingly, your submission constitutes a binding agreement between you as the applicant, and/or filmmaker and the San Diego Black Film pursuant to this agreement. If your film is selected, you MUST submit a Blu-ray screening copy on or before the noted deadline.

You further agree to adhere to all rules and regulations of the festival. The rules and regulations of the festival are provided upon your request in writing or email. You agree to hold the San Diego Black Film Festival, Film San Diego and its affiliates, harmless from any damages whatsoever, including personal injury and the loss of your screening/exhibition copy in-route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of your film. You understand and agree that the San Diego Black Film Festival is not obligated to return any film not personally retrieved at the close of screening. Should any liability or damage result or legal action commence from a third party naming you or the San Diego Black Film Festival, as a result of your submission, and/or the exhibition of your film, you agree to indemnify the San Diego Black Film Festival, Film San Diego and its affiliates. By submitting your film, you are confirming that you have read and fully understand the above terms and conditions and hereby agree that it constitutes your electronic signature and agreement upon submission. Any breach of the agreement by you may result in your film's disqualification and cancellation.

Entrants shall obtain all licenses, royalties, and permits necessary to present their work. Entrant will assume all costs arising from the use of patented, trademarked, franchised or copyrighted music, materials, devices, processes, or dramatic rights used in production of work. Entries previously exhibited on the Internet are eligible for entry so long as they meet the above requirements.

The Festival is not responsible for returning screening copies unless entrant includes a self-addressed stamped envelope or retrieve your film during or prior to the end of the festival. Entry fees are not refundable. Self-addressed stamped envelopes with insufficient postage will be discarded. DO NOT USED DATED METERED STAMPS as it would have expired by the time the film is returned to you and therefore will not be accepted by the post office. Providing a FedEx number or pre-paid mailer is the best way to have your film returned should you fail to retrieve it during the festival.