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|From wild road trip comedies to heart-felt dramas, this series of films is comprised of the freshest films from both established and emerging filmmakers. In order to be considered for the 2014 Features Program, films must be longer than 30 minutes and produced after January 1, 2013.
|Based on real life stories, our documentary film section aims to provide a vivid reflection of the world beyond our doors - taking you places you might never have the chance to see, and introducing you to people you will be glad you got to know. In order to be considered, films must be produced after January 1, 2013.
To qualify as a Documentary Feature, the submitted project must be a non-fiction film not including entirely scripted or improvised reenactments or fictional depictions of actual events. You may submit if your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events. Films of feature length (30 min +). If accepted, the programming department will ultimately decide which category suits your project best.
|Our shorts track is comprised of six short film programs (each program is comprised of approximately eight short films and runs 1.5 hours in length). We accept documentary shorts in this category as well. In order to be considered, films must be produced after January 1, 2013.
|Support of Native American filmmakers is part of the Festival’s core mission and has an annual dedicated screening track that includes feature length or short films in narrative or documentary style. To be considered for the Native American category the film must be directed, produced or co-produced by a Native American or cover a topic pertinent to the Native American culture. In order to be considered, films must be produced after January 1, 2013.
|As a nod to San Diego’s heritage as a mecca for action sports the Festival is starting its 1st annual dedicated screening track that includes feature length or short films in narrative or documentary style. To be considered for the Action Sports category the film must cover a topic pertinent to the Action Sports culture. If accepted, the programming department will ultimately decide which category suits your project best. In order to be considered, films must be produced after January 1, 2013.
|This new category is for undiscovered and/or rarely seen short animation films. There are no limits on format. For filmmakers, there are no age limits or education requirements. Even animation industry professionals exploring the independent sector are eligible, or works-in-progress!
Films entered in this category must be under 30 minutes in length and contain a significant amount of animation. If accepted, the programming department will ultimately decide which category suits your project best. In order to be considered, films must be produced after January 1, 2013.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The San Diego Film Festival's mission is to support the growth and distribution of the motion picture arts through supporting filmmakers, through connections, eduction and exposure, bringing independent and noteworthy film to a diverse audience, and promote San Diego as a thriving film and arts community. Our aim is to present outstanding film and artists from around the world. We strive to uncover and foster filmmaker talent through education, promote contacts between industry professionals to assist in the development of the motion picture industry in San Diego, and build a community that appreciates and understands the motion picture arts. With special focus and support for Women in Film and Native American projects we hope to cast the widest possible net to grow future generations of filmmakers and movie goers in San Diego and around the world.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The San Diego Film Festival (SDFF) is a competitive five-day festival for U.S. and international independent film held annually in the fall at multiple film village locations in the Greater San Diego area.
Founded in 2001 and expanded and revitalized by new leadership in 2012, the San Diego Film Festival executive team has a bold vision for the future; to create a Festival that is a major force and destination for independent filmmakers to launch careers, refine their craft through education and connect with all types of industry professionals to promote the motion picture arts. The Fesitival will also become an international attraction for film lovers to make discoveries, see great film, and discuss and learn from each other in a relaxed setting in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Premieres are preferred. The slate of films selected always offers a wide range of programming from creative narrative features to thought-provoking documentaries to engaging and enlightening short films. Topics we specifically curate and cultivate include Women in Film, Native American Film, Student Film, Action Sports, and World Cinema. SDFF offers filmmakers and attendees everything from industry insights and access, educational panels, intellectual discussion at intimate gatherings, and opportunities to grow the motion picture arts industry.
Each year the Festival includes:
• Approximately 125 screened films during the festival
• 100's of visiting filmmakers and industry executives
• Sneak preview premieres of Oscar-worthy studio releases
• A Tribute evening & program to notable film industry prof.
• Juried and Audience Awards in a variety of categories
• Multiple screening venues in and around the San Diego area
• Opening Night Premiere & after party
• Friday Night “Almost Famous” themed party
• Filmmaker networking brunch
• Multiple industry and education-based panels feat. expert prof.
• Opportunities for networking with distribution channels
• Annual film track topics include: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Shorts, Animated Shorts, World Cinema, Native American, Action Sports, Military, Women in Film, Health, and Environmental
Past filmmakers and celebrities attendees include Judd Apatow, Mariel Hemingway, Justin Nappi, David Koechner, Michael B. Jordan, John Ridley, Gus Van Sant, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Martin McDonagh, Anne Heche, Diane Ladd, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Dreyfuss, William Shatner, James Woods, Zach Braff, Jennifer Tilly, Kevin Connolly, Colin Hanks, Jennifer Beals, and more. Films featured at the San Diego Film Festival that have been nominated for or won major awards include: Silver Linings Playbook, August: Osage County, Twelve Years a Slave, and many more.
The San Diego Film Festival a place for the film industry and film enthusiasts to engage, explore and discover new cinematic creativity in a fabulous environment ata one of a kind film festival experience.
; Stephanie Inscoe
The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to SAN DIEGO FILM FOUNDATION. Entries must be POSTMARKED by the deadline. Submission costs vary depending on category and discounts. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that if chosen to screen during the dates of the festival, SDFF will not pay any additional screening fees presented by the submitter. The only acceptation would be if it is agreed upon prior to a certain films submission.
The SDFF is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts. The SDFF Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. All films must be San Diego Premieres. This means NO theatrical, cable, television, DVD, VHS, or internet screenings or availability of any kind in the San Diego region prior to the SDFF 2013 dates (September 22 to 26, 2014). Only works completed in 2013 and 2014 are eligible for selection. There is no limit to the number of entries.
All foreign language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration on DVD, BluRay or as an online screener. PAL format will not be accepted. Works in progress will be considered for the SDFF, provided they be completed no later than June 1, 2014. Works in progress cannot be screened in the festival. Screening material, press and any application materials sent to SDFF will NOT be returned. If you did not receive a confirmation of submission , please email email@example.com. All features and documentaries submitted must be available in 35mm, BluRay or DCP for festival presentation.
All film submissions must be shipped prepaid and packed in proper containers to arrive at the SDFF office postmarked no later than their respective deadlines:
Deadlines to submit films for the 2013 San Diego Film Festival are as follows:
February 1, 2014 EARLY DEADLINE
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April 1, 2014 REGULAR DEADLINE
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June 1, 2014 LATE DEADLINE
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June 27, 2014 WAB EXTENDED DEADLINE
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July 1, 2014 EXTENDED DEADLINE
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The San Diego Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are included and eligible for competition. For a list of competitive categories please see our Awards page. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, Festival programmers and aficionados.
If selected, the SDFF will require an electronic press kit to include production stills, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.
Although every possible care will be taken with tapes and films while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original prints or tapes. Please keep the SDFF notified of any address/phone number changes.
The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. The SDFF will not pay the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker. SDFF will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SDFF cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the SDFF office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.
Submission of an entry gives the SDFF permission to have accepted work shown in all promotional mediums relevant to the festival.
Films selected for the SDFF will be notified no later than September 1, 2014.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that to the best of my ability, I am duly authorized to submit this film to the San Diego Film Festival (SDFF). I hold SDFF harmless from damage to or loss of the film print en route due to improper containers or otherwise, and that I accept all of the submission regulations stated here:
The SDFF is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts. The SDFF Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. All films must be San Diego Premieres. This means NO theatrical, cable, television, DVD, VHS, or internet screenings or availability of any kind in the San Diego region prior to the 2014 San Diego Film Festival (September 22 to 26, 2014). Unless it was deemed appropriate by the Head of the Programming Department. Only works completed in 2013 and 2014 are eligible for selection. There is no limit to the number of entries.