20th Annual

San Francisco Black Film Festival

June 14, 2018 to June 17, 2018

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International
Film
Video
Short
Feature
Competition
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PO Box 15490
San Francisco CA 94115
USA
Phone: 770.369.3776
sfbff@sfbff.org
http://www.sfbff.org

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Documentaries
Shorts
Features
Animation
Student
Films submitted to this category must have been made by a college student or younger. Be sure to include a copy of your current Student ID with your submission! Thank you.
Youth 5-12
Films submitted to this category must be for a young audience, grades 5-12.
African
African films only. Films shot in Africa.
Music Video
Lesbian/Gay
Foreign/Diaspora
Local (Bay Area) + 25 Miles
Youth 12+
New Media
SILENT

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The mission of the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) is to celebrate African American Cinema and the African Cultural Diaspora by showcasing a diverse collection of films - from emerging and established filmmakers. By presenting Black film, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, while providing local, national and international filmmakers a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed; SFBFF believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) will celebrate its 17th anniversary June 15th-18th, 2017.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival was founded in 1998 by Ave Montague, with the artistic vision to provide a platform for Black filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to present their art. As a competitive film festival, SFBFF identifies filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors that are emerging as talents and established artists who are contributing to the cinematic legacy of African Americans. SFBFF conscientiously expands the notions of “Black film-making” to a global perspective. Hence, film submissions are accepted worldwide from filmmakers and screenwriters who are of African descent or feature actors representing the African Diaspora. SFBFF is managed by a dedicated advisory board of artists, business people, film industry and other professionals

SFBFF has presented 18 annual festivals featuring over 1500 films including features, documentaries, and shorts. Audiences, film submissions, community and business support have steadily grown over the years. In 2002, the Urban Kidz Festival was added to provide young people between the ages of 5-12 the opportunity to view films created by African Americans geared toward young people and their families, and we are looking forward to presenting it again this year!





ORGANIZERS

Kali O'Ray (OTHER); Katera Crossley (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

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SUBMISSION REGULATIONS
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Provide a secure online screener or
Submit two copies (DVD's, BluRay, or file on a thumb drive)

When submitting final film for play at the festival, please use the following format (in this order of preference).

1. A ProRes 442 file on a thumbdrive. (make sure it has some speed on it) If the file is of a full feature or long documentary, please try to keep the file size down but better than that of a BluRay
ALSO SUBMIT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AS A SUPPLEMENT!
2. BluRay (2x)
3. DVD (2x)
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DEADLINE
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All official selection entries must be received by June 1st, 2017 unless some other conversation has stated otherwise.

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SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
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All submissions must be shipped prepaid in proper containers.
Please do not send submissions in fiber - filled envelopes.

If using the Post Office:
SFBFF
PO BOX 15490
San Francisco, CA 94115

if using any other delivery service:

SFBFF
1755 O'Farrell Street Unit #309
San Francisco, CA 94115

MAKE SURE TO GET TRACKING!
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JUDGING
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Each entry will be viewed by the Festival committee and rated on a 5 (five) point scale.
The committee will also rate for general interest, creativity and production values.

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ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION
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All filmmakers will be notified by May 15th, 2018 (approximately).

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Shipping
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=>The filmmaker is solely responsible for shipping the festival print prepaid, insured and packed in proper containers.
=>SFBFF will not be responsible for return shipping.
=>SFBFF will not pay for international shipping of US films.

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Awards
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-Any film considered for a festival award cannot have had commercial theatrical play
domestically.

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Disclaimer
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-All precaution will be taken to ensure proper handling of materials submitted
-The festival, its judges or its agents cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any film or video entered or any materials submitted in the connection therewith. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the festival, its judges and agents shall be held harmless from damage

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COMPETITION AGREEMENT
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=>I/We have read all of the San Francisco Black Film Festival rules.

=>I/We understand and have complied with these rules.

=>I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no
disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

=>I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.

=>I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

=>I/We agree to hold the San Francisco Black Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, we/the.

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For digital submissions, filmmaker signatures are kept "on file." Include ALL relevant terms and conditions in the box below. For example, if your terms and conditions refer to your general rules, paste them below too.
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SFBFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation 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 SFBFF 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.
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IF USING FEDEX, UPS, OR ANY OTHER SERVICE!!!
Send to: 1755 O'Farrell Street Unit #309, San Francisco, CA. 94115
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

The individual or corporation 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 SFBFF 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.