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

For 23 years film makers 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 film making 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 film makers 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:

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:
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 youtube), 35mm, DVD 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 films. 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
  • I was unable to attend the, I can't really vote towards their Hospitality...but, I can comment on the value and communication. Sacramento International FF was outstanding even from a distance. They provide a great deal of communication and are incredibly warm and inviting through their emails. I was really disappointed that I was unable to attend this year.

    May 2017
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    James Myers

    Sacramento International Film Festival is one of the best in the area. Hands down a class act!

    May 2017
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    Sandra Campbell

    I am so honored that my script "Article V" won the Oustanding Drama Award this year! Martin Anaya and his staff have created a dynamic film festival for screenwriters, actors, and directors to network and support one another. I'm glad to be a part of this warm community!

    May 2017
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    Vinay Pujara

    Gratitude to SIFF for such an honor. Looking forward to submit more projects in future.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Vinjay! We look forward to seeing more of your amazing art!

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    Really happy that my screenplay is selected as Semi-Finalist.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    "Write On" Venkat!. Thank you for your submission. Perhaps we'll see you at next year's festival!