Action Sports & Environmental/Activism Films
San Diego, CA
October 15-17, 2020

The Action International Film Festival (AIFF, www.actioninternationalfilmfestival.com) is a perfect blending of heart-racing, sweaty-palmed, adrenaline-soaked action sports films mixed with cinematic themes of global stewardship, environmental responsibility and pro-active sensibilities.

The AIFF gathers the global community in beautiful San Diego, California for 3 days and nights of amazing films, director-producer-actor Q&As, live music and art, expression-sessions and lively after-parties.

"As a festival director and filmmaker myself, I am privileged to see what I consider the most important films created year after year. We are creating ACTION! simply because I believe everybody needs to see these films. It has been an honor to witness the maturity of this seemingly misfit genre that now rivals and at times surpasses most anything Hollywood offers. Each and everyone of these films has the power to change your life."
-Pierce Michael Kavanagh
SDSFF Creator/ Director
AIFF Creator/ Director
Misfit Pictures Creator/ Director

-Presented by the creators of the San Diego Surf Film Festival (2012-2020)

Spirit of the Festival
Best Feature
Best Cinematography
Best Short
San Diego Filmmaker Award

Submission dates: January 13 - August 29, 2020
Submission forms must be complete.
All film screeners must be submitted through FilmFreeway.
Deadlines cannot be changed.

Short films are under 20 minutes.
Short film submission fee: $25.

Feature films are considered over 20 minutes.
Feature film submission: $35.

Unfortunately, fee waivers are only available for previously accepted AIFF filmmakers. Please contact festival directors for waiver code.
All submission fees are non-refundable.

Filmmakers may submit more than one film, but each film must be accompanied by it’s own submission form and fee.

Films produced in languages other than English must have English subtitles.

The screening panels’ decisions are final.

2020 AIFF “OFFICIAL SELECTION” films will be announced no later than September 5, 2020.

***All HD files must be received via hard drive or download link by September 19, 2020. (No exceptions)
***All HD files must be in the following formats (.mov): ApplePro Res or H.264.

Filmmakers will assume all shipping costs to the AIFF and we will pay for any return shipping.
Mail to:
ACTION International Film Festival
c/o Petra Kavanagh
932 Ocean View Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024

Filmmakers agree to the use of up to 3 minutes of their films for AIFF promotion purposes.

Filmmakers will receive 2 All-Access VIP Passes and 5 additional tickets to their individual film screening.

The AIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in 2020 AIFF scheduling to make sure the festival runs smoothly.

Officially Selected Films agree to be played on the AIFF "Best of Fest" at a later date.

We thank you all and wish you the best of luck.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Heath

    I really enjoyed this festival. The films were all high quality, and the audience was enthusiastic and engaged. The excitement was palpable. The organizers were present, and were very hospitable; everyone seemed to feel at ease and at home. Discussions at the end of sets of films were facilitated well, in a flexible format.

    November 2018
  • Emily Callahan

    Really great films that keep to the theme of action sports and environmental activism. We had the opportunity to meet some really great people, and many of those involved in the films shown were present at the event. Great people, great venue and overall a great and interesting diversity of films shown. We were honored to be featured!

    October 2018