9th Annual

San Jose International Short Film Festival

December 07, 2017 to December 10, 2017

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P.O. Box 53869
San Jose CA 95153
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Short Films
All films must be no longer than 30 minutes, including credits, and may cover any genre of film.

Comedy
Drama
Thrillers
Animation
Foreign
Sci-FI
Documentary
Kids & Family Shorts

(We encourage all genres to submit as we have multiple blocks over the 4 days of the festival, including: Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Animation, Sci-Fi and more)
Micro-Cinema
All films must be no longer than 4 minutes, including credits, and may cover any genre. Films must be submitted with a log line, short and long synopsis and full list of credits. Rough cuts and work-in-progress prints are acceptable as long as the final (completed) film can be delivered prior to September 1st 2014. International submissions must be
subtitled in English.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Each year the San Jose International Short Film Festival delivers what every filmmaker dreams of. Incredible image & sound reproduction of their work on the big screen, a receptive audience hungry for cinematic excellence and a supportive staff on hand to make the festival an experience of a lifetime. Combine that with 72 degree weather (each October) in the heart of Silicon Valley and you have the San Jose International Short Film Festival, now in it's 9th amazing year.

Noted as one of the "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazine, our goal is simple. Deliver the best of WORLD CLASS SHORT FILMS, films from every genre, style with run times from 60 seconds, up to 30 minutes in length.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Noted as one of the "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazine, our goal is simple. Deliver the best of WORLD CLASS SHORT FILMS, films from every genre, style with run times from 60 seconds, up to 30 minutes in length.

This year we will have an expanded focus on animation, with blocks for kids & family viewers, plus dedicated screenings for adult animation (past films have ranged from CG Pixar-style animation to beautiful hand drawn Miyazaki-style traditional animation). Over 50% of our films hail as International entries and we accept any English-subtitled films in their native languages. Sci-fi has become a mainstay of the festival with brilliant thought-provoking storylines and exceptional visuals, and we have been carving out a niche for music based films (including music videos), showcased for our audiences.

New for 2017, we are opening up submissions for Television & Web-Series Pilots - with online content taking over in a big way, we are truly excited to present blocks dedicated to the next generation of creative media with the hopes to help increase overall exposure and check out what independent artists have crafted for the next Netflix, Hulu or Amazon portals.

Last year we were honored to initiate the JAMES GUNN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARD, which we are proud to announce will continue again this year. The Top Ten films as determined by our Jury pool and the Head of Programming, will be featured in special screenings, plus each of those 10 films will be screened by James Gunn himself. He will then personally select the film that will be awarded his namesake award. (All films submitted are eligible.)

Our audiences have enjoyed our special screenings, after-parties and our incredible Meet the Filmmaker events, where we explore the excellence in filmmaking first-hand with interviews prior and after screenings. In addition each film is presented in 4K projection, (projected via DCP (Digital Cinema Package) with audio encoded with up to 5.1 surround channels.

Join us for over 150 short films, presented over four days, October 19th - 22nd, 2017. Bringing together filmmakers, industry executives, Silicon Valley notables and celebrities, to mix and mingle with visitors and patrons seeking to discover new filmmakers and their talented projects. Last year we had over 100 filmmakers, actors and crew members in attendance, this year we would love to meet YOU.

We hope to see you this October.


Awards include:
Best Short Film
James Gunn Independent Filmmaker Award
Best Comedy Short
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Audience Awards Winner

ORGANIZERS

Bill Hargreaves (Festival Registrar); Bill Hargreaves (Festival Registrar); Bill Hargreaves (Festival Registrar); Bill Hargreaves (Festival Registrar); Bill Hargreaves (Festival Registrar); Bill Hargreaves (Founder); Sinohui Hinojosa (Co-Founder); Sinohui Hinojosa (Co-Founder)

GENERAL RULES

Rules:

All films must be no longer than 30 minutes, including credits, and may cover any genre of film.
All films must be submitted with a log line, short and long synopsis and full list of credits.
Our preferred method for submissions is via online screener or NTSC DVD if needed.
All submission applications, DVDs and press kits submitted become property of Emerging Artist Productions and will not be returned.

Prizes include cash awards AND prizes

Short question and answer sessions may take place after screenings based on time available and if any filmmakers are in attendance.


All submission are eligible to screen
in SJSFF produced events including our roadshow shortfest in Walnut Creek,
CA. We will send out notifications for events so filmmakers can attend or contribute.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

San Jose International Short Film Festival 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 San Jose Short Film Festival 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.