SF IndieFest is a founding member of the FILM FESTIVAL ALLIANCE

For 22 years the San Francisco Independent Film Festival has developed a great reputation for filling theaters, getting press, and throwing great parties. Films at our fest regularly get Variety reviews, picked up at other fests, and find rabid groupies following the makers around town demanding autographs and buying them drinks.

Our screenplay contest has the goal of expanding our filmmaker reach. We are very excited for screenwriters to participate in the festival and we promote them right alongside our films. Participants will enjoy live reads, parties, panels, film screenings and more!

A representative at United Talent Agency requested access to the scripts of the finalists of our 2019 competition.

Some feedback from competition participants:
"I believe you have identified my weaknesses that I have a difficult time seeing on my own,,, you did a nice job!" - Russel J

"...winning this festival helped me to secure a producer to finance the production of North Star...." -PJ, 2019 SF IndieFest Screenplay Award Winner

"I can’t thank you enough for your feedback and encouragement. Everything you’ve put in will help get this right. My experience is military and police work so I know breaking into the film world is tough so I appreciate everything you have gave me and I have the patience to get this right. " - Andrew K

"Thank you for the excellent coverage. Your notes are very helpful and well conceived. They are very much appreciated! It seems like most of the notes I’ve gotten simply tell me about my story- hence, not very helpful. The explanations and examples you provided really help steer me to a hopefully better rewrite. " - Tom F

"Really good coverage. Helps me out a lot." - Phil L

"This coverage is fantastic – insightful, constructive & specific. What a relief to have this "North Star” to guide me through my next draft. " - Helen K

"Thank you so much, what a great way to start 2020 - so glad I entered your competition!" - Dave K

"Amazing! This is incredibly helpful, particularly how detailed the notes were with regards to the character's motivations. To quote the writing partner : "Broo! These are fantastic notes!" Thank you so much for the in-depth deep dive, the suggestions are great and we've already scheduled a writing session to start implementing them :) The speedy turnaround was also impressive and very appreciated! " - David M

"Thank you very much for all of your insights and feedback. These notes are incredibly helpful and I've found this process with you and SF IndieFest to be so valuable! " - Madeleine W

"This is excellent feedback. Totally on point and gives me some key areas to dive in and improve. " - Oscar P

Winning Shorts and Features length writers receive:

- Delegate Badge to the Festival
- Invitation to participate at the festival's Screenwriter Panel
- Print and media coverage
- Name inclusion in Festival program materials as a competition finalist

- All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
- Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).
- Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting.
- All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.
- All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
- Feature screenplays longer than 125 pages will not be eligible.
- The festival or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
- Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to the festival and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
- BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless the festival, its partners, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the festival and its partners, sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of the festival and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility.

Overall Rating
  • Freeson Wang

    While I wasn't able to attend many events of the festival, SF Indie Fest was very communicative and friendly to me. Thank you so much!

    February 2020
  • We are proud to have our "Nanay's Lullaby" screenplay selected as a Semi-Finalist in this well-respected hometown festival - and impressed to be invited to the screenings as well. Thanks to Jeff and all at SF Indie!

    February 2020
  • Daniel Talbott

    I love this festival. I grew up going to it and seeing films there and it meant the world to me to be a finalist this year. I can't wait to submit again next year and this festival reminds me of old SF, and the best and most brilliant and independent parts of my home city.

    February 2020
  • Justin Hayward

    Delighted to have been chosen as a finalist in this amazing festival. Sadly, due to filming commitments I couldn't attend, but the organizers passed on several fantastic script enquiries and were very communicative throughout the whole process. Many thanks!

    February 2020
  • Noah Weisel

    The screenplay competition may be a newcomer, but SF Indie has been bringing great independent film to the Bay Area for a long time. The whole group (which runs several festivals throughout the year) is passionate...nay, unhinged about film. The festival and events hit a great balance between being well organized on the one hand yet also scrappy and intimate on the other.

    The live screenplay reading and panel were interesting and well moderated. Communication from staff was excellent. And the fest is ideally located in San Francisco's Mission district. This isn't really a competition/fest for the old Hollywood networking dance, getting pitch meetings and so on (at least not yet), but that would have felt almost like it was going against the spirit of the thing.

    My only regret is that I didn't have time to make proper use of my badge and attend more screenings!

    April 2019