SFAAF is the film festival with a monthly presentation, as well as being an online viewing site. THE WINNING FILMS WILL BE IN LIVE SCREENING AT THE END OF THE MONTH, IN AN EVENT WITH SCREENINGS FOR ALL AUDIENCES. THE COMPETITION IS EVERY MONTH, AND EVERY MONTH THERE WILL BE LIVE SCREENING FOR THE PUBLIC. SFAAF is a festival of the arts, which includes cinema, music video, web series, theater, music, advertising, photography, among others.
MONTHLY FILM FESTIVAL with Live Screening: where the awards of the FILM OF THE MONTH will be awarded in each category.
Important: Only your movie will be placed online, if you wish. There must be an express acceptance of you; Otherwise, only the trailer will be posted online.

- Winner Certificate -
- Official Selection Certificate - The films that are Official Selection in the month receive a Selection Laurel.
- Statuette SFAAF - The monthly winners at each categories receive a Trophy. The winners may order one or more statuettes, for $ 180 more shipping per each.

Introducing two new categories:
Short film made in quarantine
Feature film made in quarantine

Best Student Short film
Best Drama Short film
Best Comedy Short film
Best Horror Short film
Best Thriller Short film
Best Crime Short film
Best Mystery Short film
Best Fantasy Short film
Best Sci-Fi Short film
Best LGBTQ Short film
Best Animation Short film
Best Experimental Film
Best Documentary Short film
Best MicroShort Film
Best Indie Short film
Best Student feature
Best Drama feature
Best Comedy feature
Best Horror feature
Best Thriller feature
Best Crime feature
Best Mystery feature
Best Fantasy feature
Best Sci-Fi feature
Best LGBTQ feature
Best Animation feature
Best Experimental feature
Best Documentary feature
Best Indie feature
Best First film by the director
Best Art video
Best Web Series
Best Music Video
Best Trailer or teaser
Best Commercial Video
Best Screenplay Short film
Best Director
Best First Time Director
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor (<18)
Best Young Actress (<18)
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects
Young Director Award
Female Director Award
--- Networks Awards
--- Audience Awards

--Theatre Awards--
Best Play
Best Book

-- Musical show:
Best Group musical show.
Best Individual musical show.

Language: The films must include English or spanish subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).
Double presentation: Authors can only submit the same entry every month if their film didn’t win any awards.
Genry & Extension of films: Short films as well as feature films of any genre and format up to 35 minutes (short films) and 300 minutes (feature films) are accepted.
Screenplays: Filmmakers can enter their screenplay (of any genre, up to 40 pages) to the competition. They will not be published anywhere.

Submission Way
A filmmaker can submit their films and works online through online film festival partner's; or submit entries via film form available on the festival website.

Official Selection
The films chosen by the Jury for the monthly competition, will form the Official Selection of the month. The filmmaker is notified via email and through the festival´s partner where he made the submission.

The monthly competition starts on the 15th of each month and ends on the 12th of the following month. The Official Selection will be announced on the 14th of each month; And the next Saturday will be the Live screening of the best movies of the month. On Sunday, the winning films of the month will be announced.

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing.
Only your movie will be placed online, if you wish. There must be an express acceptance of you; Otherwise, only the trailer will be posted online.

The applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the South Film and Arts Academy Festival.
The applicant confirms that he/she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer/right holder to enter this film in the SUFAAF.

Introducing two new categories:
Short film made in quarantine
Feature film made in quarantine

The categories of the festival are as follows:
Student Short film
Drama Short film
Comedy Short film
Horror Short film
Thriller Short film
Crime Short film
Mystery Short film
Fantasy Short film
Sci-Fi Short film
LGBTQ Short film
Animation Short film
Experimental Film
Documentary Short film
MicroShort Film
Indie Short film
First film by the director
Student feature
Drama feature
Comedy feature
Horror feature
Thriller feature
Crime feature
Mystery feature
Fantasy feature
Sci-Fi feature
LGBTQ feature
Animation feature
Experimental feature
Documentary feature
Indie feature
First film by the director
Art video
Web Serie
Music Video
Trailer or teaser
Commercial Video
Screenplay Short film
First Time Director
Lead Actor
Lead Actress
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
Young Actor (<18)
Young Actress (<18)
Art Direction
Original Score
Sound Design
Visual Effects
Young Director
Female Director
--- Networks Awards: When you submit the movie, it will be placed on Facebook. To vote for her you must give Like to the festival page and place a comment on the publication of the film. The winning films will be the ones that more comments achieve in their publication of Facebook.
--- Audience Awards: Audience votes on Live screening day.

--Theatre Awards--
The theater show Must be filmed

-- Musical show Awards--
Group musical show
Individual musical show
Must be filmed. We accept orchestras, musical groups, individual shows, etc.

Overall Rating
  • Eddie Portoghese

    A wonderful film experience. SFAAF communicates well. Our film was honored as an award winner and overall glad to part of the festival.

    May 2024
  • I am very proud to have participated in this festival...I have won two prizes : best director and best documentary in february 2024 for my film "De un mundo al otro"(From one world to another)..

    May 2024
  • This festival provided me with an Entry Fee Waiver. I would not have entered without one.

    Pictures provided make it appear that there is a small physical screening, but you likely won't be able to attend it. There was an audience award category on their website, so those perhaps might be authentic honors, but I don't think that's worth the money, especially if you can't talk to the people who enjoyed your film.

    Festivals that offer specific award categories in their entry, like this one, are 'Laurel' factories. You are paying for an award, and then given a chance to pay for a piece of paper, or a physical statue to be sent to you. It's not a real award, it's a pay to play mechanic--And a waste of money, better spent on improving your art.

    April 2024
    Response from festival:

    Hola Duncan. Primeramente, felicitaciones por su gran película. De verdad lamentamos que tenga ese mal concepto de nuestro Festival. Comprar la estatuilla es sólo una opción, que no tiene nada que ver con ser triunfador en alguna categoría. La estatuilla es un trabajo original, hecho a mano por un escultor, el cual representa un costo monetario que debemos cubrir, por lo que la ofrecemos al ganador, siempre que desee obtenerla. Espero sepa entendernos.

  • NJ Brown

    What an incredible experience. Thank you for selecting our short film “Granite Bay,” to be part of your wonderful festival. Will definitely be back with our next Film.

    April 2024
  • Great experience at this Festival. Honored to have won:

    Best Animation Feature: Poder Del Pueblo.
    Best Director In Animation Feature Film: Danielle Hébert.
    Best Screenplay In A Feature Film: Hector Eduardo Rivera.
    Best Original Score In A Feature Film: Hector Eduardo Rivera, Mona Seda, Daniele De Cario, Forrest Robinson, Mike Basica (No Matter What!)

    April 2024