The San Diego Independent Filmmakers Festival is a festival where California and Regional as well as International Independent Filmmakers come together to compete for the San Diego Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award and $500 cash prize for THE SAN DIEGO INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR.

Best Short Film
Best Animation
Best Experimental Film
Best Student Short
Best Feature
Best Music Video
Best Commercial
Best Documentary
Best Series
Best Overall Film (All category)
Best Diversity Film (African American, LatinX, AsianX, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern)
Best Film Score
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Costume
Best Set Design
Best Hair and Make up
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Audience Choice Award
The Brand New Filmmaker Award
Rising Star Award (Brand new actors and actress only)
The San Diego Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award

1. Accepting submissions nationwide and internationally.
2. Films made before January 1,2015 are not eligible for submission.
3. If nominated, you must be present at film screening and awards show in order to be eligible for awards. None attendance would result to getting awards revoked.
4. Anyone may self nominate for The San Diego Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award, The Rising Star Award, and The Brand New Filmmaker Award. Self nominations for the following category must be made upon entry submission.
5. FILMS SELECTED TO BE SHOWCASED AT THE FESTIVAL SCREENING WILL RECEIVE A DOWNLOAD REQUEST. THANK YOU.
6. If selected we will ask that you send us promotional materials I.E posters etc.
7. SUBTITLES ARE REQUIRED FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE. IF YOUR FILMS ARE IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH, SUBTITLES ARE REQUIRED. FILMS WITH NO SUBTITLE ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.