The California Film Foundation celebrates and promotes cinema through education, workshops, grants, competitions and festivals. By far the biggest event is the California Film Festival, a televised/online, year-round showcase featured on our prestigious California Film Channel.

By exhibiting incredible cinema year-round, the festival is building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences. The festival offers a unique, high-profile screening environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent from California and around the world to an ever-expanding global audience. With an ever-changing festival landscape, CFF is a 21st-century film experience reaching new audiences in new and exciting ways with a similarly diverse programming slate.

In conjunction with its California Film Channel, CFF is a perfect way to attract interest and excitement in your cinematic work.

4) Awards: Awards and acknowledgments for best overall film will be awarded at the festival.

Please read these guidelines carefully and follow all directions for submission.

General guidelines for all films: READ CAREFULLY

1) Types and Categories of Entry:
There are three main "types" of entry for this festival, short-form (under 20 minutes total running time), long-form (20 minutes to an hour total running time), and features, (over one hour total running time), plus special Showcases.

Please make certain that you have specified which genre(s) your film falls under in the "category" section. A category simply helps our judges to identify the film's content. All styles of film will be accepted for review.

2) Eligibility Requirements:
Only films which have NOT previously played in the Sacramento region are eligible for entry. This includes private screenings, physical media, TV or online distribution of any kind. Employees, volunteers, interns and board members are prohibited from entering. By acceptance of these rules and submission to our festival, the entrant certifies that he/she has sole legal authority to enter into this agreement.

3) Format Requirements:
Please submit a preview copy of your film via FilmFreeway or another acceptable online submission engine. Sound must be 2 channel mono or stereo, 48 hz 16 bit. If accepted, you will be contacted to provide a final screening copy on one of the accepted formats.
All final exhibition prints must be submitted on one of the following formats: HD online copy (password protected Vimeo or Dropbox).

4) Awards: Awards and acknowledgments for best International film, best short, best local short, and the "Visionary spirit" best overall film will be awarded at the festival.

The following guidelines govern submissions for the Sacramento International Film Festival. For more information, call 916-524-5138. Please read these guidelines carefully and follow all directions for submission.

General guidelines for all films: READ CAREFULLY

1) Types and Categories of Entry:
There are three main "Types" of entry for this festival, short-form (under 20 minutes total running time), long-form (20 minutes to an hour total running time), and features, (over one hour total running time), plus special Showcases. The categories are listed below. If you are from Northern California or your film was shot here, it is ALWAYS preferable to submit under the "Nor Call All-Stars" category, regardless of running time as we give much deference to locals.

Please make certain that you have specified which genre(s) your film falls under. A genre helps our judges to identify the film's content. All styles of film will be accepted for review.

2) Eligibility Requirements:
Only films that have NOT previously played in the Sacramento region are eligible for entry. This includes private screenings, physical media, TV or online distribution of any kind. Employees, volunteers, interns and board members are prohibited from entering. By acceptance of these rules and submission to our festival, the entrant certifies that he/she has sole legal authority to enter into this agreement.

3) Format Requirements:
Please submit a preview copy of your film via the FilmFreeway or another listed online submission engine. Sound must be 2 channel mono or stereo, 48 hz 16 bit. If accepted, you will be contacted to provide a final screening copy. All final exhibition prints must be submitted on one of the following formats: HD online copy (password protected Vimeo or Dropbox), 1080p. No other formats will be accepted for screening prints.

4) Disclaimer:
The festival holds no responsibility for lost media or promotional items.

5) Awards: Awards and acknowledgments for best International film, best short, best local short, and the "Visionary spirit" best overall film will be awarded at the festival.

6) By submitting your film you agree that you have the sole legal authority to enter into this agreement. Further, you authorize the California Film Foundation and/or its designees to use your film's content (in part or whole) to advertise, promote and exhibit via Digital Media, TV, Radio and/or theatrical means for one year after acceptance. Understand this IS a year-round televised film festival and your submission, while NOT authorizing exclusivity, does authorize the festival to use your film.