The San Diego Film Awards are presented annually by the Film Consortium San Diego to recognize the excellence of student, independent and professional filmmakers, talent, and crew in the San Diego film industry. Established in 2014, it is the only local awards show that recognizes cast, crew, and filmmakers for their achievements in the previous calendar year. Since 2019, the San Diego Film Awards has broadcast on KPBS and is available for streaming on KPBS' Film Consortium TV (

The San Diego Film Awards are held in the spring, accepting and awarding documentary shorts, narrative shorts, narrative features, and documentary features.

MISSION: San Diego Film Awards is a yearly televised award show that recognizes the excellence of student, independent, and professional filmmakers, talent, and crew in the San Diego film industry.

San Diego Film Awards nominations will be announced in late March. Event date and location TBD.

This is not a traditional film festival, and as such we do not hold public screenings of the nominated or winning films.


VIP Reception at premium venue in San Diego
26+ awards presented in 4 categories
Red Carpet experience with photos and interviews
Guest Stars and Presenters
Broadcast on KPBS and streamed nationally via

Submission Categories


Narrative Features (over 45 minutes)
Narrative Shorts (under 45 minutes)
Documentary Features (over 45 minutes)
Documentary Shorts (under 45 minutes)

Narrative Shorts (under 45 minutes)
Documentary Shorts (under 45 minutes)

Note: If a STUDENT FILM wishes to compete in the range as INDEPENDENT/PROFESSIONAL films they must submit under the same category prizing as INDEPENDENT/PROFESSIONAL films.

Awards & Prizes

We love appreciating and rewarding talent! There are various opportunities to win awards and be recognized for your work.


Categories: Narrative Feature and Narrative Short

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Direction
Best Original Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Musical Score
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hair
Best Visual Effects
Best Production Design
Best Stunt Choreography
Best Actor (in a leading role)
Best Actress (in a leading role)
Best Actor (in a supporting role)
Best Actress (in a supporting role)
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Emerging Actor
Spirit of San Diego
Best Student Narrative Short

Category: Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Feature

Category: Documentary Shorts

Best Documentary Short


Films that are nominated for or win San Diego Film Awards are for consideration for other screening opportunities including broadcast on KPBS, inclusion in San Diego International Film Festival and more.

Films produced in San Diego AND released between January 1, 2021, and December 31st, 2022 are eligible for the 2022 San Diego Film Awards.

All films submitted for consideration for San Diego Film Awards must be at least 80% produced in San Diego County. If you have questions about your film’s eligibility, please email prior to submitting it.

Film Consortium San Diego reserves the right to disqualify any films at any time in the awards process for violations or misconduct, plagiarism, etc.

San Diego Film Awards selection, nomination or awards does not include a screening of the film in a theater or other venue.

By submitting your film and receiving a nomination, you agree to allow us to use clips of your film in marketing, advertising and our broadcasted show on KPBS.


All submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.


We cannot guarantee that the media provided for the awards will be returned unless specific requests are made.

For questions please email

Overall Rating
  • Dark Gravity

    The San Diego Film Awards to a well produced, exciting, entertaining and first class event. They put on a extravagant award show with amazing network opportunities for San Diego film makers. The organizers are supportive and their communication is top notch! Very honored to be a part of the festival.

    September 2022
  • Jon Matthews

    OK. The SDFA is AWESOME. This is an Emmy-quality production. The live show. The red carpet. The reception. I am blown away. Couldn’t recommend this more!

    September 2022
  • Daniel Kennedy

    This is a must for all San Diego based filmmakers. Attending the events is a great way to connect to the San Diego filmmaking community. I completely enjoyed my experience and will be a part for years to come.

    September 2022
  • Floyd Strayer

    The SDFA 2022 was a class event! Photographic Museum at Balboa Park is the perfect backdrop for this event.

    September 2022