This is the 6th of the 3-Minute Film Festival series. It is a boutique festival that starts in May2019.

It will screen outside on a very large 2-story screen!

"It's all About 3" is our motto.

Original 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 three.

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

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 0.03:00.

Five genres are accepted: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental and Dance. 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 during approximately a one hour film festival. There is a reception before screening and afterwards. Filmmakers who attend may be asked to introduce their films. Composers for original scores may also be asked to speak; and if they wish to play live music under the film -- they may do so. Again, just let the director know in advance so that we may check if we can accommodate a live performance.

Laurels will be given for: Official Selection, Winner for Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Experimental, Best Animation, and Best Original Music Score. Other categories are Finalist and Semi-Finalist, when appropriate. Student work will be judged with all others, including professionals. Other categories may be added.

If you have a dance film, we will also be opening that category soon through the International Fine Arts Film Festival.

Films will be judged by professionals in the fields of filmmaking, writing, reviewing, film curating, and photography 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 choices may have another screening on down the road of 2019.

All work must be easily accessed and downloaded, created within the last five years, which includes: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. Some exceptions are made.
If not in English, then there must be English subtitles. All work must arrive at a point before the festival in an MP4 format.

Four genres accepted: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental.

Not accepted are: Political/Religious ads, gratuitous violence and abuse, or pornography..

If accepted, filmmakers are required to allow the festival to use trailers, clips and film information for promotions, including promoting original score music. Live music performances under films are acceptable, yet only with prior arrangements with the festival director.

When entering this festival, we ask you to allow us to use your film in any Best of the Best re-runs of the festival seasons through out the life of the festival. All films chosen for any future screening will first have a notification to the filmmaker and/or the producer. No film will be screen after the festival in another venue unless the producer or filmmaker is notified and agrees to a future screening.

Overall Rating
  • Derlis Alvarenga

    Great for meeting and greeting, I had a wonderful time watching the works of fellow filmmakers and animators while attending the festival in Santa Barbara.

    January 2019
  • I was unable to attend this year, but so honored to be selected. The communication was also wonderful!! A+++

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tyler!

  • John Maslowski

    I really enjoyed this festival. Lynn is so nice. The screening was outdoors which in Santa Barbara is a beautiful thing.

    August 2018
  • Keith Cantrell

    Just now getting around to writing this 5-star review, but the 3 Minute Film Festival was so much fun!!! I had never been to Santa Barbara before, so I enjoyed taking a road trip up from Los Angeles when my short film Paddleball Hole screened at the festival. Definitely arrive early so you can explore the beautiful city. I met some wonderful filmmakers at this event, and the festival director Lynn is well-organized and keeps everything running smoothly. Would love to participate again in the future. Thanks for a wonderful festival!

    March 2018
  • 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!