SacFilmChallenge is "The Film Festival to Geek and Nerd Out!"

Films, music videos, and new media that express the best of things Drama, Comedy, Geeky, Nerdy, Anime, Cosplay, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Comics, and Sports will screen at a 3-Day Hybrid Event.

The Festival will open with a Live Q&A featuring the filmmakers on Friday, September 22, 2023, and a screening of our first block of films.

Multiple screenings will happen Saturday, September 23rd, both Virtual and In-Person at Sacramento's Uptown Studios.

The film festival concludes with the Virtual Award Ceremony on Sunday, September 24th.

The GEEK REEL MVP - Best of Festival Award, Cash Prize $250

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Animation Short
Best New Media Project
Best Music Video
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Best Editing
Best Actor
Best Actress


Short films, new media projects and music videos that are 20 minutes or less and feature films that are at least 72 minutes and made after January 1, 2020, are welcome. Premiere status is not required, but a premiere film will be prioritized in programming if the film is selected. All submissions not originally in English must be subtitled in English.

The Film Festival does not offer fee waivers.

Submission Materials:

1- Paid entry fee. Entry fees are non-refundable.
2- Private online screener via FilmFreeway.


Jury is composed of film production, exhibition, press and audience community members.
Their decisions on official selections, award nominees and award winners are final.


Filmmakers of selected films will be notified by email or phone.

Exhibition Deliverables:

Final File -Festival Programming Director will advise on file type to be submitted.
Film Poster
Trailer -MP4 File

What You Need to Know:

Festival Organizers and the Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.

All accepted films are scheduled at the discretion of the Film Festival staff.

SacFilmChallenge is hereby granted the right to use an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes. The festival is hereby also granted the right to use image(s) and/or biographical information of the filmmakers for promotional purposes. The festival reserves the right to fill in any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. The filmmaker submitting the film for exhibition and or consideration of awards and prizes, acknowledges that He/She/They/Them shall indemnify and hold harmless SacFilmChallenge from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

SacFilmChallenge does not pay screening fees.

By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

Overall Rating
  • Paul Newton

    Samantha and Bex were awesome to work with and they put together a fantastic festival. Will absolutely be submitting again!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Paul. It was a pleasure to have you participate in the festival, especially to have you be a part of our first in-person screening event. We look forward to you returning to SacFilmChallenge.

  • Great festival! With a huge reserve of friendship and friendliness!!!

    October 2021
  • Kelsey Faamausili

    What a fantastic festival! The festival coordinators were so incredibly supportive, organized, and passionate about film. We loved being on the filmmaker panel and meeting everyone virtually at the festival. What a fantastic experience!

    October 2021
  • Well-organized festival. Great communication. Highly recommended. Thank you for screening my film LISA & EMMA.

    October 2021
  • Samantha and Bex are two gracious women who love to feel out on film. Being selected to screen two years back-to-back with two films was a real honor and treat. What a wonderfully curated program.

    October 2021