Sonoma County students are invited to submit short films in the eleventh annual student film festival to be held on Friday April 3, 2020 at the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma, CA 94954


Filmmakers invited to screen at the Sonoma County Student Film Festival will receive passes to attend Film Fest Petaluma, Sonoma County’s Premier International Shorts Festival, held on May 2, 2020 at the historic Mystic Theatre in downtown Petaluma. Films designated as “Best of Show” will be invited to screen in the May 1th festival program where student filmmakers will have the opportunity to network and engage with industry professionals from around the world.

- Must be currently or previously enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a school located in Sonoma County, California USA during Spring 2020, or a significant crew member was enrolled in a Sonoma County School at the time the film was made.
- Films may showcase a wide variety of mediums, including but not limited to, animation, live action, documentary, and experimental works.
-Students with prior enrollment had to have made the film at the time they were at that Sonoma County school to qualify.
- Your film must have been produced within the last two years.
- The film must not exceed 15 minutes in length.
- Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.
- Submitted films must be headed and followed by an appropriate amount of black screen (at least 5 seconds).
- Filmmakers may submit a maximum of two film entries.
- Each film entry must include a completed entry form, film synopsis, cast/crew list and 1-3 digital stills to be considered.
- Films must be submitted via a web-link (i.e. Youtube, Vimeo).
- Filmmakers must be able to attend the Friday, April 3rd screening at the Petaluma Santa Rosa Junior College Campus.

Overall Rating
  • Heather Murray

    The 2020 festival took place weeks into the shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 restrictions, and the organizers decided to shift to a virtual festival. They did an amazing job and navigated the technology and logistics with incredible grace and patience. Family and friends from far and wide could attend because it was online. It was a welcome breath of fresh air, making shelter-in-place a lot easier. I am so grateful to the student and faculty organizers, and it was wonderful to hear the stories of all of the filmmakers. This year a film I directed was in the festival, but I attended an in-person version previously just as a guest, and it was well-organized and fun. Highly recommended for student filmmakers!

    April 2020
  • Neo Wagner

    I had a great time coming back! would highly recommend this festival.

    May 2019