The world has changed and so have we. After 16 years of theatrical screenings, the 17th annual SF Shorts is embracing the virtual future, showing our elite films exclusively and broadly online in a manner that supports each film’s individual path of exposure.

Fueled by a focus on presenting artful stories, SF Shorts selects solely from its pool of submitted entries. Unlike most festivals, all SF Shorts entries are individually watched by a festival director responsible for programming. SF Shorts does not use screeners. A curating director of the festival will watch every single entry, so you can be assured that your film is fully considered.

Each selected film that is screened with us will receive its own webpage on our site, with a custom review quote in our film magazine, F3 ; plus opportunities for expanded coverage of their film’s process and subject. All films selected for the festival are automatically eligible for a variety of honors and prizes.

We are here to support each film individually within its own circuit schedule, and to provide the credential of our long-running reputation. SF Shorts explores a wide mix of genres and cultures without circumscribing them into niches. We accept all types of short films, which for us includes music videos. Our festival prides itself on its range. It's our mission to present the widest possible scope of content. Go to our website,, to view the 2021 season’s diverse range of films, many of which continue to screen there.

We will no longer claim a premiere status for a film, and we work with each selected film individually to target its screenings and promotion. In addition to the opportunity to screen during our traditional festival weekend online, we can tailor an alternate screening schedule based on your film’s needs; for example, delaying to when it will give you the most impact. Films can choose when they will screen with us, for how long, and with what restrictions in regard to embedded vs. hosted geo-blocking/fencing.

The 17th Annual San Francisco International Festival of Short Films (SF Shorts) will push forward dynamic films that fill audiences with thought-provoking wonder. SF Weekly praised SF Shorts for its "concentrated inspiration, breathtaking craft, and unabashed entertainment value."

Multiple Jury Prizes will be given. Value = $250 each, with a total $2,000 awarded.

Additional Honors vary by year; see our website.

Approximately August 25, 2022

Shorts: maximum 30 minutes

All genres accepted including Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Dance, and Music Video

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


Please ensure if you are submitting a film that contains copyrighted material by anyone other than yourself, that you have obtained festival clearance for that material used. By entering your work, you agree to this and all the responsibilities involved.

Films screened in the festival should be presented in English. For all dialogues presented in other languages, the festival will accept subtitling and/or dubbing.

All films selected for the festival are automatically entered into competition for a variety of honors and prizes.

Overall Rating
  • Ryan Walker

    Honoured to have my film Solitaire selected. Communication was excellent, as was the festival. Thank you SF Shorts!

    October 2021
  • Gary Beeber

    I am very honored to have been selected (my film: "Michael Malone, portrait of an American Organic Farmer") by SF International Festival of Short Films. I have always wanted to be in this festival. Thank you so much!

    October 2021
  • Great festival. So happy to be included!

    March 2021
  • Kelly Wittenberg

    I am so glad I submitted my film--and made the effort to attend--SF Shorts. It really makes a difference to see your film screen in the context of the other films that were chosen. As I watched the selections each night of the festival, I was both impressed and honored to have been programmed with such a thoughtful group of filmmakers. There just wasn't a stinker among them. Bravo Tim and Jim for the effort and passion reflected in the 14th annual program. If you care about the content of your film you should submit to SF Shorts because Tim and Jim care about what you are trying to convey with your images. If you want to see short films that can change the world--this is the festival you should attend!

    November 2019
  • Rick Gomez

    Great Festival. Beautifully curated. Jim and Tim do a fantastic job.

    October 2019