This is the 3rd of the 3-Minute Film Festival series in 2017!

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. HELLO!

And, if your work is screened at SBCAST, a home-run for the team; it adds up to more caché! You're in Santa Barbara!

Films must be no longer than 3 minutes, including credits and music.

Five genres are accepted: Narrative, Documentary, Animation and Experimental. And, Virual Reality now added. And, once again, Original Music Scores encouraged.

Selected films will have one screening on Thursday night, November 30, 2017, for approximately one hour plus with any discussion, at the Santa Barbara Center for Arts, Science and Technology (SBCAST). 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.

Awards & Prizes

Laurels will be given for: Official Selection, Winner for Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Experimental, Best Animation, Best Student, and Best Original Music Score. Best Virual Reality. Student work will be judged with 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 California love and affection for showing up.

Rules & Terms

All work must be easily accessed and downloaded, created within the last four years, which includes 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. If not in English, then there must be English subtitles.

Five genres accepted: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental and Virtual Reality.

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.

9 Reviews

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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
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    Anar Azimov

    Thank you for selection and watching!

    July 2017
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    Deanna Crisbacher

    I'm very honoured to have been selected by this film festival. Thank you so much for choosing my film for 'Best Experimental'. Those in charge of the festival were very quick to reply to emails and my only regret is not being able to go to the festival myself and see the other films in person.

    July 2017