The San Bernardino Valley College International Student Film Festival presented by the
SBVC Institute of Media Arts, hosts an annual festival dedicated solely to screening work created by students enrolled in high school, undergraduate and graduate programs. By focusing on student films we are bringing together a community of filmmakers who share the common goal of education and artistic expression. Programming is aimed towards creating a rich pallet of unique perspectives thereby exposing our audience to new concepts, stories, and people. Our award program is considered with a jury panel made up of industry professionals. Awards are given with the intent to enhance student films by supplying added financial backing to their projects and decreasing the stress of raising money while creating films and going to school. Most importantly the festival will give talented students a sound board from which to be heard and motivate them to further delve into their craft.

Awards:
Grand Jury
Best High School
Best Web Series Pilot
Best Fan Film
Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Direction
Best Writing
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress

Prizes:
Assorted Camera Technology Grand Jury Winner
Assorted Cash Prizes for:
Best High School, Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Direction.
Final Draft License - Best Screenplay

More to come!

Various other gift cards and prizes

I. GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF A FILM TO THE SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY COLLEGE INSTITUTE OF MEDIA ARTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL AND EXPO:
NOTE: The submission categories and program categories that are referenced and identified as capitalized terms in this Section I of these Rules and Regulations, and the eligibility requirements for each, shall be understood as having the definitions and descriptions assigned to them in Sections II and III of these Rules and Regulations below.
1) All films must be completed by students enrolled full time between the period of 2019-2021.
2) If the Film’s final running time is projected to exceed more than 50 minutes, the Film may be rejected.
3) Your film whether internationally or domestic does not need to premiere at the SBVC International Student Film Festival and Expo.
4) All Films do not have any premiere requirements. U.S. and International Student Films do not forfeit their eligibility for submission to the Festival if they were previously released theatrically or on DVD, broadcast on television or the internet, or screened at any number of film festivals in the world.
5) Films completed prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible for consideration for the 2021 Festival.
6) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted Film. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third-party claims for copyright infringement. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend San Bernardino Valley College., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.
7) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all trademarked content or materials included within the submitted Film. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third-party claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of trademarked content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any trademarked content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.
8) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection therewith.
9) Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.
10) All Films must be submitted to San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts on a single DVD (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, or DVD+R DL) or uploaded via the Secure Online Screener function of YouTube or vimeo links. Digital files need to be H.264. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from Applicant, any Film that is not submitted using one of these two formats. If the Film is submitted in multiple parts on multiple discs, San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to judge the Film based on the first disc included, with no further obligation to view the contents of the remaining discs.
11) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted DVD plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player prior to submitting it to the Festival. In the event that a submitted disc does not play in an industry-standard standard DVD player, San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a replacement copy of the Film. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film whose initially submitted disc does not play on an industry-standard DVD player.
12) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted disc arrives at the shipping destination provided to the Applicant upon completion of the submission form. In the event that a submitted disc does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant, San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a submission copy of the Film. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant.
13) In the event that the Applicant remits an updated version of the Film to San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts after having submitted a previous version of the Film to San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts during the same calendar year, San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts is under no obligation to view any or all of the updated version.
14) In order to be considered for the Festival, the Applicant must complete the submission form available on FilmFreeway.
15) San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts may attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to bring the payment status of the account up- to-date. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant and inform the Applicant of any payment delinquency or other deficiency of a submission form.
16) Upon completion of the Festival selection process, San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Film’s acceptance status. San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the submission period (July 1st 2020 to March 1st, 2021).
17) San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Film any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Film, any information relating to the manner in which the Film is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts or any reviewers of the Film may hold concerning the Film; any reasons why the Film, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Film specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.
San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible or liable for, the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any Film that are or may be obtained by the Applicant or any other representative of the Film; any communications by any representative of San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts or the Festival relating to the Film or the Festival selection process; the manner in which the Film shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; the identity or identities of any specific reviewers of the Film; and/or any failure on the part of San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts or the Festival to provide the Applicant or any other representative(s) of the Film with information concerning San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts’s consideration and/or review of the Film.
18) Submission fees will not be refunded. Please budget accordingly.

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  • Grace Wang

    A million thanks to San Bernardino Valley College for selecting our film, "Meow", as the award winner. Although we couldn't attend the festival due to Covid-19, it was pleasant and clear through out the whole communicating process, and it's a very thoughtful and sounded festival!

    May 2020
  • It was a great honor for my film "Express your Voice" to be selected and was especially exciting for me since it was my first film festival. Though this year the in-person festival was canceled, I thought they handled a virtual festival! They were very active in communicating what was happening, how any issues were going to be fixed, and had clear instructions and schedules. Overall, a great impromptu virtual festival.

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the kind thoughts, we hope to return to our normal festival set up next year!

  • Giorgi Tkemaladze

    Hi, thanks for accepting my film, have a nice days ;)

    May 2020
  • Max Shoham

    A tremendous honour to have my films, wavy head, and sincerely anthony, screened at this year's festival! it's an honour and privilege to be able to tell stories, thank you for showing them! thank you also for the great distinction of "award winner" for wavy head, an autobiographical film!

    June 2019
  • Don Pollock

    We have been part of this festival since it's onset. We really appreciate what SBVC is trying to do to promote student filmmaking. Giving students a chance to speak and answer questions after each block of films screens is a good piece.
    The festival was much bigger and more ambitious this year.
    The adding of an awards lunch was a nice touch.
    The festival gives prizes, which is nice too.
    The festival has always been kind of chaotic and disorganized. Unfortunately, this continues.
    We understand that the festival is mostly staffed by student volunteers, but a move to greater professionalism would be a move in the right direction.
    There was also some confusion with regards to judging.
    We received notification that some of or films were semi finalists and one was a finalist, but when we attended the awards lunch, none of the films with the semi finalist or finalist designation was mentioned as an awards nominee. We found this confusing.
    I know there are plans to make this a bigger event including more than just film in the future. This sounds ambitious and could be quite fun.

    May 2019