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19-Apr-2014 10:21am PDT  

 

San Francisco International Film Festival

57 Annual April 24, 2014 to May 08, 2014

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San Francisco Film Society
39 Mesa Street, Suite 110
The Presidio
San Francisco CA 94129
USA
Phone: 415-561-5014
Fax: 415-440-1760
gga@sffs.org
http://www.sffs.org

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

Narrative Feature
Narrative feature films, 50 minutes and over in runtime.
Documentary Feature
Feature-length documentary films, 50 minutes and over in runtime.
New Visions Feature
The New Visions category is ONLY for experimental film and video in which personal expression and aesthetic exploration are the primary concerns. If the entry is inappropriate for New Visions, the Festival will reassign it to the proper category. New Visions Features are films that are 50 minutes and over in runtime.
Animated Feature
Animated features, 50 minutes and over in runtime.
Animated Short
Animated short films under 50 minutes in runtime.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the San Francisco International Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the short film (live action, documentary and animated) competitions for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Note: Previous television or Internet broadcast will disqualify a work from Oscar consideration.
Documentary Short
Documentary short films under 50 minutes in runtime.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the San Francisco International Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the short film (live action, documentary and animated) competitions for the 86th annual Academy Awards.
Narrative Short
Narrative short films are 50 minutes and under.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the San Francisco International Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the short film (live action, documentary and animated) competitions for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Note: Previous television or Internet broadcast disqualifies a work from Oscar consideration.
New Visions Short
New Visions short films are under 50 minutes.

The New Visions category is ONLY for experimental film and video in which personal expression and aesthetic exploration are the primary concerns. If the entry is inappropriate for New Visions, the Festival will reassign it to the proper category.
Youth Works
SFIFF supports, encourages and champions the work of youth media makers from around the Bay Area and around the world.

Works produced by filmmakers 18 and younger are eligible for this category. All Youth Works category submissions must include with the application a scanned copy of a photo ID indicating proof of age (18 or younger) at the time of production.

Adult participation in Youth Works is limited to an advisory role. Youth work films are 50 minutes and under.
Family Films
Under 50 minutes in runtime.

Suitable for ages 7 and up.
Television Documentary Long Form
Documentary works over 50 minutes, specifically financed and produced for broadcast must be entered in television categories.
Premiere telecast of the entry must have been on or after January 1, 2013. Winners of the Television categories are determined before the Festival.
Television Documentary Short Form
Documentary works under 50 minutes, specifically financed and produced for broadcast. Premiere telecast of the entry must have been on or after January 1, 2013. Winners of the Television categories are determined before the Festival.
Television Narrative Long Form
Narrative works over 50 minutes, specifically financed and produced for broadcast. Premiere telecast of the entry must have been on or after January 1, 2013. Winners of the Television categories are determined before the Festival.
Television Narrative Short Form
Narrative works under 50 minutes, specifically financed and produced for broadcast.
Premiere telecast of the entry must have been on or after January 1, 2013. Winners of the Television categories are determined before the Festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The San Francisco Film Society is Northern California’s premier organization for filmmakers and cineastes.

Through its annual San Francisco International Film Festival and an assortment of equally anticipated events such as the yearly New Italian Cinema and French Cinema Now, and frequent benefit screenings and film premieres, the Film Society shares the best in global moving-image arts with tens of thousands of viewers who are eager to explore images and ideas beyond the mainstream multiplex.

A full slate of Filmmaker360 programs, including professional development classes, grants, residencies, fiscal sponsorship, publications and networking events, keeps the Film Society in close contact with national filmmaking talent and further establishes the organization as an international model for community engagement through the limitless thrills and potentials of cinema as an art form and a means of social change.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful city, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 200 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 70,000.

Highly anticipated by its loyal and passionate audiences, championed by civic and community leaders, admired and adored by filmmakers and closely watched by industry professionals, SFIFF is one of the most important events in the Bay Area’s cultural calendar and an important stop on the international festival circuit.

SFIFF is deeply rooted in the strongest and finest traditions of appreciation of film both as an art form and as a meaningful agent for social change. It is a cultural treasure for Bay Area audiences, who embrace new ideas, compassionate humanity and world citizenship.

SFIFF features a bonanza of narrative feature films, live action and animated shorts, television and theatrical documentaries, experimental work and a variety of new digital media, as well as a smart lineup of industry panels and seminars, awards events, onstage tributes, retrospectives and the highly acclaimed Schools at the Festival program, which brings more than 4,000 students in grades 3–12 into the festivities. Remarkably intimate for a festival of its size and scope, the International combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, hard-hitting documentaries, digital media work and star-studded gala events.

Few festivals are more suited to their city than the International. It’s clearly a festival programmed by those who love film for people who love film.” — Alex Romanelli, editor, Variety




GENERAL RULES
General Information for Entries
• All entries must have been completed on or after January 1, 2013.
• Features previously exhibited in the Bay Area, either theatrically, at another local festival or via television or Internet broadcast are not eligible to apply.
• Productions partially financed by television companies intended for theatrical presentation may be entered in non-television categories.
• Bay Area filmmakers (directors only, not production crew or cast) are eligible for entry fee discounts and additional Bay Area awards given in recognition of the rich variety of work that has established Northern California as a center of independent production. Awards are presented to a documentary feature film and two short films. To qualify for a Bay Area award, entries must have been made by a filmmaker (director only, not producer, cast or crew) who is a current resident of the San Francisco Bay Area (the area from Monterey to Mendocino: postal zip codes 93901 to 95457).
* Deadlines are postmarked dates
• Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed. However, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible. The Festival will not accept new versions of an entry unless requested by the programming staff.
• All entrants will be notified of the Festival’s decision by March 31, 2014.
* Check Payments should be made out to The San Francisco Film Society

Golden Gate Awards Competition

The Golden Gate Awards recognize the best of international and independent cinema by honoring excellence and superior innovation in documentary, shorts, experimental, animated and youth produced work.

Juried Prizes and Audience Awards

Golden Gate Awards including a juried award for Best Documentary Feature with a $10,000 prize; Best Bay Area Documentary Feature with a $5,000 prize. In addition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the San Francisco International Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the short film (live action, documentary and animated) competitions. Beginning in 2014, SFIFF will be a qualifying festival for the 7th annual Cinema Eye Honors for non fiction filmmaking.

New Directors Prize a juried cash award of $10,00 to the director of a first time narrative feature at the Festival.

FIPRESCI Prize awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics. SFIFF is only one of three festivals in the US selected to present this prestigious award.

Audience Awards for Best Narrative and Documentary Features


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

RELEASE AUTHORIZATION I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows: 1) I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility and entry requirements. 2) I am legally authorized to enter this film in the San Francisco International Film Festival and agree that, if accepted, a film print or copy in preferred format will be made available for screening during the Festival (April 24 - May 8, 2014). 3) I hold the SFIFF harmless from damage to or loss of the print or entry form en route to and from the Festival.