The San Pedro International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the diverse culture and community of San Pedro with a wide spectrum of independent film, documentaries, and shorts. SPIFF is committed to exhibiting films that embody inspiring entertainment for all. Works that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the intent that these films enlighten audiences while providing invaluable exposure for filmmakers, local and international.

In our first year, we had the first Los Angeles screening of Silver Linings Playbook. In our second year we hosted Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull's Great Grandson. In 2015 we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of The Usual Suspects with director Bryan Singer. We also had two short films either win or be nominated for an Academy Award! In 2017 we hosted the 30th Anniversary of Friday the 13th with director Sean S. Cunningham. We are very excited about our seventh year!

Prolific American writer and poet Charles Bukowski called San Pedro home for 15 years. Some of DW Griffith’s early short films were shot in San Pedro. These days you’re more likely to find film crews for NCIS, Mad Men, and Dexter. Other films shot in San Pedro include ‘King Kong’, ‘Chinatown’, ‘Point Break’, ‘Silence of the Lambs’, ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘Pearl Harbor’, ‘Titanic’, ‘500 Days of Summer’, and a ton more. SPIFF is thrilled to present our 5th edition in a city with such a rich film history.

Best of each category

LENGTH: Films for the competition will be in two categories and these times must include all titles and credits:
Short Film: 45 minute maximum
Feature Film: 65-150 minutes
STUDENT FILMMAKERS (22 and under) Please indicate the ages of film's writer, director, & producer in your submission.
FILMMAKERS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD: Please have a parent or legal guardian submit film on your behalf.
PREVIEW "SCREENER" FORMAT: All films should be uploaded.

PRIZES: Prizes differ each year and will be announced as soon as we secure them from sponsors before the festival takes place..
SUBTITLES: All non-English language films must be subtitled or dubbed in English.

ENTRY FEES: Are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful festival! While I wasn't able to attend in person, I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and the excellent communication.

    November 2021
  • Loren Escandon

    SPIFF was a fantastic experience. The venue, Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, is a historic site that made all the participants feel special. The organizers were kind and communicative. Our team is super grateful our film Los Patines received the Best Short Film Award. We have only gratitude to everyone involved in making this festival possible.

    November 2021
  • Duncan Payne

    Remarkable. Ziggy is an absolute pro all the way. Do yourself a favour and enter this wonder festival. The communication was second to none... I always felt at home. Thanks.

    November 2021
  • A wonderful and heartfelt film festival that I recommend to other filmmakers. Films were screened at the beautiful and historic Warner Theater in San Pedro. Our team is excited that our "Amazon Queen" received the Best Feature Film award.

    November 2021
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great film festival that treated us well! Thank you so much!

    November 2021