1st Annual

Santa Barbara Community Film Festival

October 11, 2013 to October 12, 2013

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315 Meigs Road
Suite A/424
Santa Barbara CA 93109-1900
Phone: 805 8964944
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Spirit of Independent Features
Full length features over 40 minutes produced independently.
Spirit of Independent Shorts
Shorts under 40 minutes produced independently.
The Real Deal Documentaries
Full Length Documentaries over 40 minutes
The Real Deal Short Docs
Short documentaries under 40 minutes
Experimental, Animation, and Music Videos
Experimental, Animation, and Music Videos
Any Length


This is a rare gem of a festival. We are showcasing films from around the world with an abundance of networking opportunities. Our goal is that you leave here with new inspiration, new friends and professional contacts that will support you beyond the festival. You will also have the opportunity to be part of the vibrant Santa Barbara community and experience being honored for your work,
The festival takes place October 11th and 12th, 2013 in Santa Barbara.


The founder of the SBCFF also founded The San Francisco World Festival in 2003. This festival premiered Michael Franti's film "I Know I'm Not Alone" and quickly became known and respected on the local festival scene.
The Santa Barbara Community Film Festival is dedicated to
rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expression. The festival is an intimate and community experience.
The festival is designed to bring together local, national, and international filmmakers to Santa Barbara in a small intimate setting to maximize exposure, networking , and creating possibilities for meaningful connections.
The festival's goal is to support the work of worldwide independent filmmakers and also to expose this art to the local community of progressive and friendly Santa Barbara in an intimate way. The event honors filmmakers while celebrating creativity and providing a platform to showcase new works from a diverse and broad spectrum of themes and cultures.

SBCFF is a rare opportunity to be part of a vision of a film festival that has never been done quite this way.
The festival takes place October 11th and 12th , 2013


Karen Gabai (Festival Registrar); Karen Gabai (Festival Registrar)


All genres are accepted.

Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

Works in progress should be clearly marked on the screening copy along with a statement of what aspects of the film will be added or changed by September 15, 2013.

Films may be screened more than once during the Festival.

Notification of entry status will be sent by September 15th, 2013.

Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Community Film Festival!


Upon notification of acceptance to the SBCFF, the accepted filmmaker must respond promptly to agree to screen their film at the festival. Once the filmmaker has agreed to screen at the festival, SBCFF reserves the right to screen film more than once during the festival and screen clips of the film to promote the screenings and/or for use in the trailer. 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 SBCFF 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.