San Diego Art Film Festival is passionate about arthouse filmmaking, indie artists and aims to promote and recognize art film projects of all genres in various sections of the festival.
Every online edition, the committee of the festival recognizes and promotes independent artists working in media. Film critics and film studies scholars typically define an art film as possessing "formal qualities that mark them as different from mainstream Hollywood films".
These art film cinematic qualities can include (among other elements): a sense of social realism; an emphasis on the authorial expressiveness of the director; and a focus on the thoughts, dreams, or motivations of characters, as opposed to the unfolding of a clear, goal-driven story.
Film scholar David Bordwell describes art cinema as "a film genre, with its own distinct conventions". We are dedicated to art cinema and seek to promote art film projects and artists with U.S. and international projects. The festival is a firm believer in indie filmmaking's potential.
Artists and film projects are encouraged to submit their work to our committee.
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary short
Best Science Fiction
Best Unproduced script
Best TV Series/Pilot/Web
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best First Time short Filmmaker
Best First Time feature Filmmaker
Best Female Filmmaker
Best Independent feature Film
Best Independent short Film
Best feature Film Director
Best short Film Director
All genres and nationalities are welcome to participate.
To submit, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
To be eligible, films must have been completed after 2018.
Any non-English language foreign film must include English subtitles.