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, sfshorts.com, 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
PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world
No premiere requirement
Projects may have distribution
ADDITIONAL RULES AND TERMS
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.