It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to Sacramento's premier cinema experience, The Sacramento International Film Festival.

For 25 years filmmakers have enjoyed the Sacramento Film Festival (SFF) for its exceptional hospitality and its commitment to visionary artists. Previous guests include Colin Hanks (Fargo, Orange County), Lew Hunter (UCLA Screenwriting Dean Emeritus), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Dominique Swain (Lolita) and two-time Academy Award winner John Daly (Platoon, The Last Emperor), Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show) to name a few!

SFF regularly showcases Academy Award winning films like "STRANGERS NO MORE" (Best Foreign Short) and "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE" (Best Picture) as well as award-winning films from around the globe! By accepting only films which have not previously screened in the region and working with Hollywood and independents alike, SFF grows the art and craft of filmmaking here in California's capital city,

Enthusiastic audiences and beautiful venues including the Crest Theater, The fabulous Crocker Art Museum and The Riverboat Delta King offer filmmakers a first-class showcase for serious cinema. In addition, SFF hosts two full-day film conferences as part of our event: The "DIGITAL ODYSSEY" technology expo and the "AMERICAN SCREENWRITER'S CONFERENCE". Add screenings like our "CINE-SOUL" and "CINE LATINO" showcases and you will find a complete cultural experience unlike any other!

SFF organizers are proud to offer this first class "Festival of Cinema" to highlight Northern California as an arts and culture destination and celebrate amazing artists like you.

The following guidelines govern submissions for the Sacramento International Film Festival. For more information, call 916-524-5138. Please read these guidelines carefully and follow all directions for submission.

General guidelines for all films: READ CAREFULLY

1) Categories of Entry:
There are three main categories of entry for this festival, short form (under 20 minutes total running time), long form ( 20 minutes to an hour total running time), and features, (over one hour total running time), plus special Showcases.

Please make certain that you have specified which genre(s) your film falls under, in your Online Project Form. A genre helps our judges to identify the film's content. All styles of film will be accepted for review.

2) Eligibility Requirements:
Only films which have NOT previously played in the Sacramento region are eligible for entry. This includes private screenings, physical media, TV or online distribution of any kind. Employees, volunteers, interns and board members are prohibited from entering. By acceptance of these rules and submission to our festival, the entrant certifies that he/she has sole legal authority to enter into this agreement.

3) Format Requirements:
Please submit a preview copy of your film via the FilmFreeway online submission engine or on DVD with your completed application. DVDs must be NTSC standard for the US. No PAL tapes or other formats will be accepted for preview. Sound must be 2 channel mono or stereo, 48 hz 16 bit. If accepted, you will be contacted to provide a final screening copy on one of the accepted formats.

All final exhibition prints must be submitted on one of the following formats: HD online copy (Vimeo or Dropbox), or Blu Ray, with the same provisos listed above. No other formats will be accepted for screening prints.

4) Disclaimer:
The festival holds no responsibility for lost tapes or media. Preview tapes are non returnable. Screening films or tapes will be returned only with proper return postage or arrangements made at film maker's expense.

5) Awards: Awards and acknowledgments for best International film, best short, best local short, and the "Visionary spirit" best overall film will be awarded at the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Matt Gray

    The Sacramento International Film Festival is a well organized, filmmaker friendly event which is administered by experienced people. I was honored to have my short film, A SPECIAL PLACE, play at the Delta King in Sacramento in 2016. The experience was phenomenal for my cast, crew and those we brought to the screening. There were so many opportunities to network and develop the craft of filmmaking. I look forward to submitting again in hopes that I can have another opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful event. Thank you to all who make this happen every year!

    January 2020
  • It was such a pleasure to have been selected for The Sacramento International Film Festival. Even after the festival the joy continues. Thanks SIFF! Awesome!!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Joanne. Thank you for the kind words. We'll continue to try and live up to these sentiments!

  • Phillip Hollins

    An amazing festival. I appreciate how they really consider writer's scripts and share information. Thanks also for awarding my screenplay "(F)ugly" Outstanding Screenplay - Comedy. You have no idea how much it means to me.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Phillip, we thank you. Dawn Spinella, our host, tries her best to do a good job. This year saw extra challenges as Lew Hunter got sick at the last minute but we absolutely strive to ensure the screenwriter/filmmaker's experience is the best! Thank you and best of luck with your AMAZING script! Please keep us updated!

  • Nadira Murray

    I loved Sacramento International Film festival - the staff was always communicative, fast and helpful too. I couldn't attend to the festival this year but they created an online communication with other filmmakers, so you could get to know each other better in advance. Definitely submitting my films again in the future. They are warm and welcoming to all races and voices. Thank you !

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Nadira, thank you for your kind words. We do try to ensure everyone is included, even filmmakers/writers who can not attend. Look forward to seeing you next year!

  • Radoslav Stoyanov

    I'm very happy that my short script 'Sugar Cube' was selected at the festival. Thank you, and all the best of luck!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Radoslav. Hope to include you again next year!