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.

Overall Rating
  • I'm truly honored to have my drama/fantasy feature "The Seedling" selected for Drama and my comedy/horror feature "The Moron" selected for Comedy! Thank you so much!

    October 2021
  • Amy Wu

    Hi! I was very happy that my film From Farms to Incubators was chosen to screen at the Sacramento International Film Festival.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Amy! We value you and appreciate the feedback!

  • Cool festival, positive experience, thank you!!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Jonathan. This year has been tough with COVID but, it's creators like YOU that make it worth it! Thank you!

  • Tommy Anderson

    Great Opportunity and communication during such an odd time for our industry. Glad to be chosen and to be a part. Thanks for the acknowledgements!!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tommy! You are the absolute best!

  • Well, I remain thoroughly confused. I took the time and spent the money to apply to this festival. I received an email congratulating me on becoming an "Official Selection". And then, NOTHING. No further information or communication whatsoever. No festival dates. Nothing on the website. No further emails. No updates. No response to my emails. Nothing. What a disappointment.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Brittany. Perhaps we have some bad contact info . Whatever the glitch, we'll inform our festival director today to rectify. Also, please contact him directly. He's very responsive. THANK YOU! 916.524.5138