SF Urban Film Fest gathers a diverse, engaged audience and uses the power of storytelling to spark discussion and civic engagement around urban issues. We believe urban planning decisions impact everyone, from where and whether you have a place to sleep, the air you breathe, to identity creation and civic empowerment. By pairing issue-oriented film programs with panel discussions, we aim to make urban planning engaging, accessible, and inclusive.

We are accepting submissions - for shorts or feature length films, documentary or narrative material, single or episodic pieces - that address urban issues. In the past, shorts and documentaries constitute approximately 75% of our programming but we have screened episodic and full-length narratives as well. We are open to any format as long as it fits into our overall program themes.

A non-exhaustive list of topics we are thinking about this year:
– Public Spaces
– Asian American and Native American experiences of the city
– New business models for the city: co-ops land trusts, community benefit districts
– Homelessness
– Smart Cities
– Transit

We are open to subjects outside this list, so if you have a film that seems appropriate, please feel free to submit.

There is no entry fee. We aim to amplify often unheard voices, and encourage directors with diverse identities, backgrounds and experiences to submit.

– There is no fee to enter.
– Submissions should be made digitally in one of the following formats: MOV, H264, QT, WMV, MP4. If these formats are not available, please submit a link to the film on vimeo or youtube with any applicable passwords. DVD and VHS copies will NOT be accepted.
– We have no limits on the year of completion. .
– Entrant confirms they have required legal authority to submit and to use all the music, images, and content of the entry.
– Festival reserves the right to utilize publicity materials (stills, descriptions, posters) of accepted films in promoting the festival.
- If film is not in English, English subtitles will need to be provided.

– Films are viewed and rated by at least 2 programmers before moving on to the next stage of judging.
– Programming committee is made up of urban planners, filmmakers, community activists, and scholars. Films are judged on quality, programming fit, and unique voices.
– Decisions are final and feedback for submissions is not currently available.