This is the 4th of the 3-Minute Film Festival series, which starts 2018.

It's all Ab out 3 is our motto. Origianl Score is a serious category so don't forget to put that in your credits if a composer wrote the music for your film.

3...THREE... is an Awesome Number! We live in the 3rd Dimension! Everyone loves a Major 3rd. The 3 Stooges were funny and all religions have something to do with 3, because It IS ALL ABOUT 3.

And, if your work is screened in Santa Barbara, it adds up to more caché!

Films must be no longer than 3 minutes, credits must not extend longer than 20 seconds after the film is finish, which must end by .03:00.

Seven genres are accepted: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental and Dance, Black & White. And, once again, Original Music Scores are encouraged, and may with pre-arrangements and consent from the Director, be performed live.

Selected films will have one screening on for approximately one hour plus, with reception afterwards. Filmmakers who attend will be asked to introduce their films. Composer for original scores may also be asked to speak; and if they wish to play live music under the film -- they may do so. Just let the director know in advance to check if we can accomodate them.

Laurels will be given for: Official Selection, Winner for Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Experimental, Best Animation, Best Dance and Best Original Music Score. Other categories are Black & White, Fine Artand Finalist and Semi-Finalist may be awarded in each category. Student work will be judged with all others, including professionals.

Films will be judged by professionals in the field of film-making, writing, reviewing, film curating, and original music score.
No financial awards, but winners get to come and see the festival for free with guests, with California love and affection for showing up. And, Best of the Best, including curator's choice will have another screenings on down the road of 2018.

All work must be easily accessed and downloaded, created within the last five years, which includes 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 If not in English, then there must be English subtitles. All work must arrive at a point before the festival in an MP4 format, if possible!

Five genres accepted: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Music videos/dance.

Not accepted are: Political/Religious ads, gratuitous violence and abuse, or pornography. All films are screened prior by the director for compliance.

If accepted, filmmakers are require to allow the festival to use trailers, clips and film information for promotions, including promoting original scored music. Live music performance under films is acceptable with prior arrangement of time with the festival director. When entering this festival, you must also allow the festival to use your film in Best of the Best re-run of the festival through out the life of the festival.

Overall Rating
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    Fredj Almokni

    A great film festival that promotes the art of short films very well.

    January 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank You! We feel film festivals are about the filmmakers. We love films!

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    Lili Merry

    hello everybody
    it's a great opportyunity to find the right experts as for short movies,3mn film festival makes me dream,but also demanding..I have many things to learn ,to discover..I should be there.......tHANKS FOR ALL...

    December 2017
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    Sarah Holland

    Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the actual festival. That being said, all of the festival runners were friendly, professional, and easy to get in contact with. I was honored to have my film selected and recognized, and I would recommend this festival to other filmmakers trying to master the (extra) short form.

    July 2017
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    Srikanth Ranya

    The selection to the festival was a huge confidence booster for me, and I believe every filmmaker will agree to this. I will be eagerly waiting for the next edition of the festival!

    July 2017
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    Will Kim

    3 Minute Film Festival's biggest strength is a selection of diverse and original films. I thoroughly enjoyed each one of the short films that were selected. Also I feel very honored to be a part of it as this was a small but passionate film festival which showed my film as the US premiere. The communication was nice and clear and the judges and the festival director had lots of knowledge and passion in film making. There were some technical glitches but I think those can improve throughout the time.

    July 2017