The 9th San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival
To encourage New Filmmakers

San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival is a US government-approved 501(C) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.  
Provide an international platform for all film lovers, professional filmmakers, and film/media students who love filmmaking to stand out.
Discover and select potential talents with new techniques & skills, who demonstrate the original concept and accelerate their development within the film industry.
Encourage new filmmakers especially young and first-time filmmakers for their new productions. Encourage and celebrate original and insightful screenwriting and new ideas in the film. Accept films in all categories and subject matter.
Make friends and enhance communication through films.

• 2020 Festival Schedule (Due to COVID-19, the San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival will be the Virtual Film Festival. The schedule remains:
       October 28, 2020------November 1, 2020

• Conditions of entry & fees: 
* Please catch the Early Bird Deadline:
1. Conditions
    a.       Originality
    b.       Theme: Optimistic   Creative    Proactive
    c.       Genre
              Feature Film                              (TRT between 60 min to 120 min)
            Documentary                             (TRT between 60 min to 120 min)
            Animation                                  (TRT 60 min to 120 min)
            Screenwriting (60 to 120 Min, PDF format, in English or Chinese)          
Short narrative movie                 (TRT under 59 min.)
              Short documentary                    (TRT under 59 min.)    
            Screenwriting For Shorts            (2 to 59 Min, PDF format, in English or Chinese)
            Short Animation (2D, 3D)           (TRT under 60 min)
             Music Video                     (Maximum 5 min.)                
            Commercial                               (Maximum 2 min.)
     d.      Format of Submission
Application Deadline: August 31st, 2020
We accept digital submissions only. Entry on the website: or through Vimeo, YouTube, or Youku for film entry are accepted.

3. The final stage (October 28, 2020----November 1, 2020)
Selected film screening, workshop, celebration party, and award ceremony.

Awards category
Best Feature Film Award
Best Documentary Award
Best Short Native Film Award
Best Short Documentary Award
Best Commercial Award
Best Music Video Award
Best Animation Award
Best Director Award
Best Screenwriting Award
Best Short Screenwriting Award
Best Cinematography Award
Best Editing Award
Best Sound Effect Award
Best Music Score Award
Best Action Design Award
Best Leading Actor Award
Best Leading Actress Award
Best Supporting Actor Award
Best Supporting Actress Award
Best Student Film Award
Best Student Talent Award
Most Popular Film Award (Audience Vote)
Excellent Awards in different categories.
Note:Each Winner receives a certificate & a trophy. The final decision is made by the Festival Committee.

•     ·      Channels of submission
1. Register at the festival’s official website:
2. Submit films online or through
3. Recommendations by experts and film committee. Filmmakers still need to register online.
4.      Register through related film schools, and submit films online.

•     Contest system
       1.   The contest is organized and supervised by the film festival committee.
       2.   Committee divisions:
Website group, promotion group, works collecting group, accounting group, contest group, judge group
• Film Evaluate
1. Preliminary evaluation
a. Submitted films are divided into categories and being viewed and graded by the primary Judge Group.
b. The optional online vote for the public audience for the “Audience Award”.
c. Expert Judge Committee final review and grading.
d. Judges vote per quality of:
1) Story
2) Performance
3) Director’s Vision
4) Cinematography
5) Production Design
6) Sound Design
7) Editing

2. The system of evaluation
Online viewers’ grading (20%), Judge Committee’s grading (80%) to the final stage. The film committee will issue award certificates to the best and most popular films.

Overall Rating
  • Best Wishes to your festival!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your wish! It will be better and better in the future!

  • Kayi Li

    It is an honor to join San Francisco International New Concept FilmFestival and won the "Best Short Documentary" award. Excellent experience even though this year's event is online.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi, Kayi: Your student's project has a big success! We are willing to see your future films.

  • Ken Sagoes

    I am deeply honored that "The McHenry Trial - Don't Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie" was selected to be a part of your festival. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations again on "The McHenry Trial - Don't Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie" to be awarded as "Excellent short narrative film"! The screenwriting, directing, and acting are impressive.

  • mark bellusci

    Great to be in this. Thanks.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Mark:
    Thanks for your review rating!
    We are proud of being supportive of all the independent filmmakers!

  • It was my very first film festival to attend. I was welcomed with warmth and surrounded by legends in the industry, as well as younger talent. I enjoyed the experience and hope to be part it again in the future!
    Joanna was a great host, very informative & genuinely caring about her guests.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We are very happy to welcome all filmmakers to attend San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival! We encourage and inspire new filmmakers for their creativity and new storytelling! Each filmmaker is a unique talent. "Rekha“ is one of the short films selected by our SFNCFF filmFestival