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

For 24 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 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
  • Excellent festival. We won a best-film in our category! Lots of chances to attend valuable seminars and to see great films in a fine environment. Marty Anaya and his team outdo themselves.

    June 2018
  • Clint Pearson

    Great film festival. I will do it next year as well.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Clint. Appreciate the feedback. Hope to have an even better show next year!

  • We enjoyed the 2018 festival very much. This year's show on the riverboat (!) proved to be a good mix of networking opportunities, presentations and an excellent screening venue (the Delta King Theater). Aside from a couple of outliers, the programming choices were very good and the hospitality excellent. We filmmakers felt appreciated and communication was strong. The website has a lot to offer with trailers, profiles and other links---I wish more festivals offered as much.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words. We'll continue to work to live up to it!

  • Michael Raso

    A fabulous film festival! Very well organised and communication was outstanding. I would highly recommend making your next film festival submission to the Sacramento International Film Festival.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Michael!

  • Jenny Stark

    Couldn't be more happy with my experience showing as part of Nor Cal All-stars! Such a lovely location on the Delta King in Sac and the hospitality was so welcoming. They did make us feel like stars!

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jenny! Your work was amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!