"A venue for the true Independent Filmmaker"

Festival Background
The California Independent Film Festival is a California Not for Profit Corporation with State and Federal tax-exempt status under IRS code section 501(c) 3. Tax ID Number 48-1272276.

Film advocate and independent producer Derek Zemrak founded the festival in 1999. Zemrak started the film festival to give the true independent filmmaker a venue to screen their work. Since, 1999 over 1,200 films have been screened to the general public through the California Independent Film Festival.

Leonard R. Pirkle, Esq., serves as the Executive Director for the association, leading an Executive Committee and a Festival Planning Committee with 30 Members with expertise in film, entertainment and tourism.

Dates and Location
The festival is held annually in San Francisco and Orinda, California.

Category Submissions:
Categories include Documentaries, Features, Shorts, Animation, Children, LGBTQ and Music Videos.

Estimated Attendance:
5,000 guests including over 60 filmmakers from as far as Japan, England and Germany

Festival Location:
Orinda, California
San Francisco, California

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The California Independent Film Festival has a very strong fifteen- year history, showcasing over 1,550 Independent Films during its 22 seasons.

The Year 2019 Festival was a huge success, screening over 65 films from around the world.

ORGANIZERS
Derek Zemrak (Executive Producer) ; Derek Zemrak (Founder and President) ; Joanne Foy (Vice President) ; Leonard Pirkle

GENERAL RULES
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE YOU ARE PAYING FOR.

- Online screeners ONLY. For the screenplay competition, please submit an original screenplay in the industry standard format.

Overall Rating
Quality
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Andrew Koponen

    Awesome festival. Derek and his team did a wonderful job. Great movies. Hope I can make it back next year.

    Andrew Koponen

    September 2019
  • Mary Lou Belli

    This is the single festival I try to attend whether I have an official selection in it or not....why? Because it is so much fun! I love the folks who run it! I love the camaraderie of the filmmakers, love the fabulous vendors who support the festival...yes, that means awesome food...and this year I found an insurance broker who wrote me a policy for a project a few days after the fest! And I haven't even gotten started about the film selections. Derek Zemrak and his team program fun, interesting, beautifully shot films. This is a fabulous festival in a community of film lovers.

    September 2019
  • Renji Philip

    Thank you California Independent Film Festival for including The Wake of Light in this year's festival. We had a fantastic time. Highly organized, amazing venue and true film-loving audiences!

    September 2019
  • Scott Allan Pardue

    A lot of fun and met a lot of people. Great festival!

    September 2018
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  • Thank you California Independent Film Festival!

    September 2018
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    Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again!