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

For 26 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), DB Sweeney (The Cutting Edge), Dr. Lew Hunter (UCLA Screenwriting Dean Emeritus), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Dominique Swain (Lolita), two-time Academy Award winner John Daly (Platoon, The Last Emperor), and 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 extraordinary "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

NOTE: Only films that have NOT previously played in Sacramento via TV, Cinema or the internet will be accepted for general entry. Films with ANY form of distribution in the Sacramento region prior to the fest are disqualified. This INCLUDES Cast and Crew screenings. The Festival does reserve the right to periodically make exceptions for "RETROSPECTIVE" screenings. That said, any form of distribution in Sacramento prior to the fest are generally considered disqualified.

1) Types and Categories of Entry:
There are three main "Types" 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. The categories are listed below. If you are from Northern California or your film was shot here, it is ALWAYS preferable to submit under the "Nor Call All-Stars" category, regardless of running time as we give much deference to locals.

Please make certain that you have specified which genre(s) your film falls under. 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 that 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 or another listed online submission engine. Sound must be 2 channel mono or stereo, 48 hz 16 bit. If accepted, you will be contacted to provide a final screening copy. All final exhibition prints must be submitted on one of the following formats: HD online copy (password protected Vimeo or Dropbox), 1080p. No other formats will be accepted for screening prints.

4) Disclaimer:
The festival holds no responsibility for lost media or promotional items.

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.

6) By submitting your film you agree that you have the sole legal authority to enter into this agreement. Further, you authorize the Sacramento Film Festival and/or its designees to use your film's content (in part or whole) to advertise, promote and exhibit via Digital Media, TV, Radio and/or theatrical means.

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  • Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

    Such a dynamic festival with a unique range of wide offerings! There is something for every filmmaker. It's great to be involved with their ongoing outreach.

    January 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much for the kind words! Our main goal is to be 100% supportive to ALL filmmakers. To that end, please too join us at our wider network, www.CaliforniaFilm.net

  • Darren Van Blois

    Given the issues with CoVid, this 2020 festival still managed to provide something worthwhile online. Screenplay writers had zoom meetings where they were critiqued on their loglines and a 2-minute pitch. We also received invites for other Zoom events.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Darren, thank you for your kind words and your patience. It has been an extraordinary struggle to do a full festival in spite of this pandemic. Many lessons learned. Thanks for your participation and your support!

  • torino von jones

    I’m delighted that my script, BALLIN’ the other side of the world was an official selection in the screenplay category. I look forward to participating this summer.
    Thank you, Martin!

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Torino. Thank you for your kindness! We trust the screenwriting symposiums were a blessing to you. We have also cataloged them on our website for FREE viewing on demand. Thanks again!

  • What an honor to have our film "Out of Sight" included as an "Official Selection"! You can see why they have such a great reputation after 25 years of experience. The communication between artists and the festival made you feel like you were included if attendance was not possible, as well as receiving a variety of invitations, social media updates and more. Thanks, SFF!

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Jake, the honor is ours! Thank you for your amazing grace and talent!

  • Sean Chandler

    I'm very proud of my screenplay "Running" being an Official Selection at the Sacramento International Film Festival! An excellent organization dedicated to the growth and development of many facets of film. I highly recommend submitting!

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Sean thank you so much! This year is very difficult on everyone, this festival included. We'll continue working to keep your trust and thanks again!