THE FESTIVAL

SA Indie Film Fest returns for its second year, bigger and better than ever! We have expanded for our 2019 season to feature more award categories, a bigger jury and more fantastic independent film.

The South African Independent Film Festival showcases the very best in local and international short form independent cinema. We include all genres and a wide array of formats from short films, to documentary as well as music videos and VR.

Everyone involved in the festival, from the organisers to the jury have a heartfelt love for indie film. As independent filmmakers ourselves, we understand the disappointments and thrills that come with the territory. This festival aims to celebrate all the highs, lows, hard work and creativity of indie filmmaking!

THE JURY

Kim Engelbrecht
Actor - The Flash, Dominion

Siv Ngesi
Actor, Comedian, Presenter

Sean Cameron Michael
Actor - 24, Blood Drive

Brandon Auret
Actor - District 9, Blood Drive

Steve Wall
Actor/Musician - Vikings

Ross Learmonth
Musician - Prime Circle

Mieke Vlaming
Editor - The Widow, Bloodshot

Jolynn Minnaar
Director - Unearther

Faheema Hendricks
Cinematographer

Sean Drummond
Writer - Five Fingers for Marseilles

Ryan Kruger
Director/Actor - Fried Barry

Paul Blom
Festival Director - South African HorrorFest

MORE JUDGES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Awards

BEST SHORT FILM

AUDIENCE AWARD

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A BLXCK FILMMAKER
Award Certificate

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A WOMXN FILMMAKER
Award Certificate

BEST DIRECTOR
Award Certificate

BEST SCREENWRITER
Award Certificate

BEST ACTOR
Award Certificate

BEST ACTRESS
Award Certificate

BEST EDITOR
Award Certificate

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
Award Certificate

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Award Certificate

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Award Certificate

BEST EXPERIMENTAL
Award Certificate

BEST ANIMATION
Award Certificate

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Award Certificate

BEST VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
Award Certificate

BEST EXPERIMENTAL
Award Certificate

BEST HORROR
Award Certificate

BEST COMEDY
Award Certificate

BEST DRAMA
Award Certificate

Rules & Terms
- Submissions -

You are entitled to any amount of entries for the festival

- Films -

We accept Short Films, Music Videos , Documentaries
Short films submitted to SAIFF should be under 20 minutes, with a minimum length of 1 minute. Music Videos should not be longer than 10 minutes. There are no restrictions on how old your movie is or when it was made.

All films must come with English subtitles if not in english (with an exception for music videos and movies where English is the main language spoken). Any genre and format is accepted.

- Disclaimer and Rights -

By entering or submitting to South African independent film festival , the participant acknowledges understanding and agreeing to all festival Rules, Terms, Conditions and Guidelines associated with the Festival.

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows SAIFF to create a page for their film without infringing copyright of any kind of form.
If your film won't get an Official Selection, the entry fee won't be refunded.

- The Process -

Winning films will be highlighted and promoted within the platform. Also, being selected for our Screening Event doesn’t prevent you from submitting your film to other festivals as well.

- Rules & Process -

All genres and formats are considered to be eligible for a nomination or to win one or more of these categories.

Great quality is a standard. Films with a poor production standard (lack of sound quality, absence of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD) will not be accepted.

The winners of each category will get our official printable Award Certificate.

The ‘Best Picture’ Winner will be awarded with our SAIFF Trophy.

The Best Film will consist in 3 Nominations, while the ’Individual’ awards will have at least 3 nominations per category.

The AUDIENCE AWARD will be decided entirely by the public during the Screening Event. The film with the highest amount of votes will be announced at the end of the event, after all the votes will have been counted.

We WILL NOT publish your film on our platform, so we do not require the film to be embedded on our online website, if your film will be accepted in the Official Selection/Competition.

- Announcements -

SAIFF will announce the Official Selection, the Nominees one month before the event date.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • High standard of excellence upheld regarding film finalists, general organization & communication was excellent. Incredible vibe on the day despite the weather, individual attention given and all filmmakers were encouraged to break the ice and socialize. A great experience all round!
    Massive congratulations to Ryan Kruger & James C. Williamson on this initiative. Highly recommend this festival!

    August 2018
  • Peter Regan

    My short "Once Upon a Planet" screened here. Although I could not personally attend, I will say that the communication was great. I was able to confer with the festival directors, they responded to my tweets, promoted my films online, all that jazz. Hope I can submit again and hopefully attend next year with another film!

    June 2018
  • Fantastic! Looking forward to being a part of future endeavours with the festival. A special thanks to Ryan Kruger, James C. Williamson and Ruaan Van Rooyen. My short Tears In The Rain was well received by the local crowd.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Great piece of work Christopher, much Respect!

  • Ian Morgan

    Awesome festival! A successful first year! ooking forward to see how it grows. Will definitely be entering my next project.

    June 2018
  • It was a good experience to have my short film part of the SA Indie Film Fest in it's first year. The standard of short films was really high and I'm looking forward to seeing how the festival grows.

    May 2018