Civilizations can’t flourish without the arts, and film has definitely become the art form and literature of the modern age. San Jose Independent Film Festival hopes to be like the art gallery displaying these cultural treasures that reflect creativity and diverse viewpoints. We hope to offer an online platform for our young filmmakers to present their creative ideas, their singular stories and storytelling, their talent and skill in their making and, not least, their passion for communicating how they feel and think about the world they live in. These are things they share with us, the audience, and with other filmmakers, whether they are making more familiar live-action dramas or provocative experimental films.
With this in mind, our programming is not dictated only by the demands of ticket sales and audiences. We are a safe space to show films that are not calculated by a formula nor constructed by a committee of studio heads eager to make a profit. Our mission is to showcase new and uncharted territory, offer invigorating new perspectives and exhilarating new styles in storytelling, and provide a more authentic cathartic experience for the audience. And, finally, we are a classy festival for an elegant town. Although we program part of the festival with an eye toward our community audience, we also create a program that will gain respect amongst our peers in the industry. If you have a film ready, we are waiting for your submissions!

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Drama Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Thriller Film
Best Horror Film
Best Sci-Fi Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Romance Film
Best Student Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Animation Film
Best Music Video
Best Unproduced Script (Feature)
Best Unproduced Script (Short)

Best Director (Feature)
Best Director (Short)
Best First Time Director
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Screenplay Short
Best Actor / Actress
Best Supporting Actor / Actress
Best Producer
Best Cinematography
Best Editor
Best Sound Design
Best Original Music
Best Visual Effects
Best Costume and Production Design

1-San Jose Independent Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the festival and its sections from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

2- By submitting your film the festvial or its sections you commit to a possible online screening of your film with the festvial. Films submitted may be moved, at the programmer’s discretion, within sections

3- San Jose Independent Film Festival and its sections are not liable for the return of films which have been submitted for screening or adjudication.

4- San Jose Independent Film Festival and its sections do not pay screening fees.

5-San Jose Independent Film Festival and its sections reserve the right to cancel and/or change screening dates without prior contact.

6- All submission fees to the festival and/or sections are nonrefundable. Filmmaker understands that submitting to multiple sections does not improve their chances of screening.

7- By being accepted into one of the section programs you agree to send a Digital screener within the stipulated deadline or forfeit your screening date. The festival and its sections are not responsible for rescheduling films which have been pulled from consideration by the submitting party or have not furnished an accompanying digital screener within reasonable time.

8- San Jose Independent Film Festival and its sections are not responsible for the costs of receiving or shipping DCPs and all DCPs must be accompanied by a digital screener.

Overall Rating
  • I love to support people in all imaginable situations.
    Page 23 from the book ! " A course in Miracles "
    I am here only to be truly helpful.
    Thank you for the good experience

    October 2023
  • Such an amazing opportunity. Thank so much

    September 2023
  • FNU Eris

    My film 'Authentic' was a semi-finalist in the Horror category this year. This festival was solid at communicating and their website was professional and easy to navigate.

    September 2023
  • I am very happy to give me an opportunity to enjoy the San Jose Independent Film Festival. I am an Asian-American director who has been working in film for 40 years.
    As of today, my new film "A Beautiful Zither" has won over 36 international awards and various nominations and shortlisted. This is the first time that Asian filmmakers don't use martial arts action movies, but use literary and artistic movies to tell Westerners about the "kaduna" and "irmanence" in Asian culture.
    The mainstream media in Los Angeles commented on this short film as "a literary film that is hard to detect in life with a film language full of philosophy and connotations..." A literary film that is seriously underestimated by modern life and values."
    Thank you! San Jose Independent Film Festival

    September 2023
  • I had a very professional experience working with the San Jose Independent Film Festival. I recommend any filmmaker and screenwriter to submit their material.

    September 2023