2021 is looking up! Showcase your film at the San Diego International Film Festival! Mix & mingle with film lovers as you network with filmmakers and celebrities from across the globe. Our festival features 11 days of films, networking and panels that represent the very best in cinematic storytelling. Just 120 miles south of Los Angeles/Hollywood, the San Diego International Film Festival (SDiFF) has quickly become a favorite of industry insiders and celebrities. You’ve worked so hard to create a compelling film...why not showcase it in “America’s Finest City”?

Notable features of the festival include:
- Opportunities to network with industry professionals AND audiences
- Virtual Festival Cafe - perfect to mix & mingle in 120+ independent films and sneak peeks at Oscar worthy film premieres.
- Highlighted Curated Film Tracks include: Environmental, Social Impact, American Indian, Equestrian, and Military.

The slate of films that are selected at the festival offers a wide range of programming from creative narrative features to thought-provoking documentaries to engaging and enlightening short films. Topics in film we specifically cultivate include Women in film, American Indian Cinema, film exploring the role of veterans and the Armed Forces, Student Film projects, Sports, Horror, Equestrian, Animation and World Cinema.

Gala Premieres which have been nominated for or won major awards from the festival include: NOMADLAND, HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING, BLITHE SPIRIT, JOJO RABBIT, THE IRISHMAN, MARRIAGE STORY, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, PARASITE, CLEMENCY, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI, THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN, BREATHE, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, MARSHALL, LION, DENIAL, HELL OR HIGH WATER, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, ROOM, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, THE IMITATION GAME, WILD, WHIPLASH, ROOM and many more.

Filmmaker Hospitality & Benefits:
- Virtual Filmmaker Meet ‘n’ Greet networking with industry professionals as well as our CEO & Artistic Director Tonya Mantooth
- Access to panels or virtual events
- Potential for one-on-one meetings with prominent entertainment industry professionals

SUBMISSIONS
The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to SAN DIEGO FILM FOUNDATION. Submission costs vary depending on category and discounts. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. SDiFF will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to SDiFF.

ENTRY REGULATIONS
The SDiFF is a competitive showcase for domestic and international short films and short documentaries. The SDiFF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. All films must be a minimum of a San Diego Premiere and NO theatrical, cable, television, satellite, DVD, VHS, VOD, internet screenings or availability of any kind in the San Diego region prior to the SDFF dates. Only works completed from 2019 - 2021 are eligible for selection. There is no limit to the number of entries.
FILM ENTRIES
All foreign language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration as an online screener. Works in progress will be considered, please make a note your film is still a WIP when submitting. If you did not receive a confirmation of submission, please email programming@sdfilmfest.com.

COMPETITION
The San Diego International Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. For a list of competitive categories, please see our awards page. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.

PRESS MATERIALS
If selected, the SDiFF will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

LIABILITY
Every precaution is taken when handling your film once submitted to us but we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damaged files that are submitted to us.

SHIPPING
If there is shipping involved in your physical file submitting to us we require that the entries must be paid by the entrant. The SDiFF will not pay the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker. SDiFF will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SDiFF cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the SDiFF office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Submission of an entry gives the SDiFF permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

NOTIFICATION
Films selected for the SDiFF will be notified no later than September 1, 2021

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  • An amazing festival, with great communiction & quality of shot films. The Team at San Diego is always a pleasure to have contact with. We always look forward each year to subit films from Warsaw Film School. Greetings to the whole team from Warsaw, Veronica

    November 2021
  • Eric Jungmann

    San Diego International Film Festival is incredible. A stunning program and beautiful presentation - with some truly amazing events put together by the festival team. An impressive lineup of independent cinema and top-tier productions - sincerely thrilled to have been a part of the program with my short film, "BODY OF THE MINED".

    November 2021
  • SDIFF had an amazing program for 2021! We were super humbled to have our short film be selected to the festival, and even with the hybrid aspect of the festival the entire programming team put an incredible effort in making it unique and eventful. Although we didn't screen in person, their virtual theatre was amazing. We were also super honored to have our film win Best Narrative Short at the festival. We can't wait to hopefully return to the SDIFF in the future.

    November 2021
  • Beautiful program of films. So excited to have my dance film included. I couldn't attend this year but communication was easy and proud to take part

    November 2021
  • Joey Clift

    Great fest! Super organized. An honor to screen!

    October 2021