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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 filmmake... More
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 Features Program, films must be longer than 30 minutes. Less

Based on real life stories, our documentary film section aims to provide a vivid reflection of the world beyond our doors – taking audiences to ... More
Based on real life stories, our documentary film section aims to provide a vivid reflection of the world beyond our doors – taking audiences to places they might never have the chance to see, and introducing them to people they will be glad they got to know. In order to be considered, films must be produced after January 1, 2016. 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. Documentaries may contain some dramatization of actual events. Films longer than 30 minutes may be considered. If accepted, the Programming Department will ultimately decide which category suits your project best. Less

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). ... More
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, animated and experimental shorts in this category as well. In order to be considered, films must be produced after January 1, 2016. Less

Support of Native American filmmakers is part of the SDiFF’s core mission and has an annual program spotlight that includes short and feature le... More
Support of Native American filmmakers is part of the SDiFF’s core mission and has an annual program spotlight that includes short and feature length narrative and documentary films. To be considered for the Native American category, the film must be directed, produced or co-produced by a Native American or explore a topic pertinent to Native American culture. Less

There are no limits on format. For filmmakers, there are no age limits or education requirements. Even animation industry professionals exploring the ... More
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. If accepted, the programming department will ultimately decide which category suits your project best. Less

Submit in this category if you are a student (proof of current scholastic attendance required).
Submit in this category if you are a student (proof of current scholastic attendance required). Less

Films that honor our U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel by telling their stories, in order to help bring closure, create understanding a... More
Films that honor our U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel by telling their stories, in order to help bring closure, create understanding and bridge the gap of empathy between the civilian community and our sailors, soldiers and airmen fostering the spirit of One Nation unified on the home front. Less

Using the power of film to tell transformational stories with lasting social impact and to create positive change in the world. The goal is to bring ... More
Using the power of film to tell transformational stories with lasting social impact and to create positive change in the world. The goal is to bring awareness to worldwide social issues. Issues can include, but are not limited to, homelessness, violence against women, LGBT+, Eco-Environmental, discrimination. Less


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