Welcome to the Sandbar International Film Awards. A JURORS ONLY awards festival, saving you cost and commitments..!

The SIFA runs as a sister-fest to the hugely successful & prestigious Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival which is based in Bangor, Northern Ireland from 2009.

PLEASE NOTE: The Sandbar is run as a 'Juror's Only' festival, which means the only audience for the award stages of the competition will be the selected SIFA judges. After our winning films have been announced, SIFA may hold a day of screening in select cities for the public to enjoy, although all film makers will be made aware of this before the event begins.

The SIFA accepts online submissions of ONLY SHORT FILMS (Under 41 mins) from all genres!

With all submissions in by closing deadline, each film will be put through the rigorous process of judgement from each of the experienced juror's which include an international panel of award winning writers, directors, producers and actors.

The panel must select 25 films from the first stage of judging that will then become the Official Selection of the Sandbar International Film Awards of that year.

The Sandbar International Film Awards run a serious and committed set-up, judging each project submitted fairly and on many values. These include technically, performance wise, entertainment, charm and much, much, more...

Good luck!!

SIFA Team

BEST SHORT FILM
BEST PERFORMANCE
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST SFX
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST SCREENPLAY
BEST ACTION SCENES
BEST LGBT FILM (If over 3 genre submissions)
BEST ANIMATION (If over 3 genre submissions)
BEST DOCUMENTARY (If over 3 genre submissions)

Short films ONLY up to the 40 minute mark please!

Films MUST be no more than 15 months old (since completion date)!

Films MUST NOT be in the public domain longer than 6 months before judgement day!

All genres accepted!! All languages (English subtitles where needed)

Feature lengths can be submitted to our other festival - Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival - available via FilmFreeway.com

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Joaquim Haickel

    A truly gratifying and enriching experience!

    May 2017
  • Beau Fowler

    Wonderful Online Film Awards by a great team. Definitely recommend entering. We were honoured to win Best Short Film, and Best Action Scenes!

    May 2017
  • The judges have experience in all the steps involved in the filmmaking process which helps the balanced evaluation of each project. The entry fee amount is a plus.

    January 2017