Welcome to the 10th Year Annual, Grizzly Student Film Festival 2023!

Grizzly Film Festival is the premiere student film festival of UC Berkeley aimed to celebrate the works and projects of undergraduate students residing in the Bay Area. We are proudly hosted by Delta Kappa Alpha Professional Cinema Fraternity with the support and sponsor of the University of California, Berkeley Film Department and the ASUC. This is our way of giving back to our awesome filmmaking community!

Our judging panel is comprised of professionals working in the industry, UC Berkeley Film Department Staff, and DKA Alumni!

Submissions are currently open!
Deadline is November 20th.
However, we have extended the deadline to December 1st!

Winner Prizes & Benefits:
- Cash Prizes (varies between $50 to $100).
- Trophy, Certificate, and Free Merch.
- Professional Feedback from Industry Professional Judges and UC Berkeley Film Staff.
- Large and Free Premiere Screening at UC Berkeley Campus on January 20th. (Paid for Travel Expenses to Berkeley for Winners).

Note: The same submission and/or filmmaker may receive multiple different awards, including World Impact Award (e.g. the same submission could win "Best Directing" and "Best Experimental").

Technical Awards:
- Best Short Film (LARGEST CASH PRIZE)
- Best Directing (LARGEST CASH PRIZE)
- Best Cinematography
- Best Performance
- Best Editing
- Best Writing
- Best Sound & Music
- Best Costuming, Hair, and Makeup

Category Awards:
- Best Drama (CASH PRIZE)
- Best Comedy (CASH PRIZE)
- Best Documentary (CASH PRIZE)
- Best Experimental (CASH PRIZE)
- Best Animation (CASH PRIZE)
- Best Music Video (CASH PRIZE)

Special Award:
- World Impact Award (Awarded to a film with an especially keen awareness and impact on a world issue relevant to today's day and age).

✓ A student can submit a maximum of two films.

✓ Each film must be under 22 minutes.

✓ Films must not be older than 15 months.

✓ Films must have been completed while the student was enrolled at a university or college in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fresh University and High School Graduates Welcome!

✓ The submission may be in any language. However, if the film is not primarily in English, it must include English subtitles burned into the export, or available as closed-caption option on the video player.

✓ All entries selected into Grizzly Film Festival grant the festival the right to use any footage and/or any other materials sent to us for promotional purposes, without limitations.

Overall Rating
  • What a wonderful little festival run by enthusiastic lovers of film. We were honored to share HERE FOR NOW at this year's festival, and meet the other filmmakers and their wonderful filks. Very well curated. Thank you for awarding us with a Best Cinematography and Best Performance from a BIPOC Actor award.

    November 2022
  • Student Cable Television at UCSC

    A great opportunity to showcase your work and network with fellow filmmakers.

    January 2020