19th Annual

San Francisco Black Film Festival

June 15, 2017 to June 18, 2017

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PO Box 15490
San Francisco CA 94115
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Phone: 770.369.3776
sfbff@sfbff.org
http://www.sfbff.org

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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

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

ELIGIBILITY
Films must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2015 (exceptions will be made).
Foreign Language film soundtracks must be in the original language with English subtitles.

SUBMISSION REGULATIONS
Films may be submitted as a secure online screener, DVD, BluRay, or file on a thumb drive.

All entries and accompanying materials will become the property of SFBFF and its video library. Moving images, and stills reproduced from them, will be used to promote SFBFF.

SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
All submissions must be shipped prepaid in proper containers.
All submissions must be accompanied by:
- A completed entry form
- Payment (see fees)
- Photo still from film. (Include press kit if available)

LABELING
Please label all material
FILM TITLE, RUNNING TIME
NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE, E-MAIL

FEES
A non-refundable entry fee must accompany each entry.
Payment must be in US Funds, by check or money order.
Please make checks payable to SFBFF.
The festival reserves the right to impose a $50 surcharge for returned checks.

JUDGING
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.

FILMS SELECTED FOR FESTIVAL
Press kits and photo materials must be received as soon as possible after notification of acceptance for promotional and press purposes.

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

Awards
-Any film considered for a festival award cannot have had commercial theatrical play domestically (some exceptions apply).

Disclaimer
-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 damages resulting from, or the loss of, film due to shipment of the film to the festival.


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.