Sandpoint Film Festival is a one day short fest that opened in 2010. Created by Sandpoint Films, in 2010, the group is a 501(c)3 organization.

This year SFF will be presented Sunday October 29, 2023 at THE PANIDA THEATER in Sandpoint, ID.
block one 4pm to 6pm
block two 7pm to 9pm

Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Narrative
Best Artistic Expression
Best Commentary
Best Original Screenplay
Best Suspense
Best Social Issue
Best Action
Best Drama
Best Human Rights
Best Comedy

-Films 20 minutes and under with a G PG or PG13 rating may submitted for consideration.
-Films may be submitted via FilmFreeway.
-Permission for a one time screening at Sandpoint Film Festival 2023 must be in writing.

Overall Rating
  • Nancy Hanks

    We enjoyed the festival very much. The venue was excellent and hospitality great! Wish we could have stayed for the second block but had a 2 hour drive and work the next day. Hope it will be on Saturday next year. We'll be there! THANKS

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hi Nancy, SFF had The Panida booke for Saturday October 28, 2023 for a few months. We received a frantic letter from The Panida saying Lauren the past manager had also booked a POAC show and they said we had to change the date. Stuff happens and the show must go on so we did! Thanks for attending. Best, Janice

  • Thank you for the Best Original Screenplay Award for my short film Toy! This recognition is a motivation for me to continue making films.
    The festival is very professional and communication is immediate.
    The Panida Theater, where the screenings took place, is a wonderful, warm and historic place! It was an honor for me to participate and be awarded at the SANDPOINT FILM FESTIVAL!!!
    Thank you very much!!!

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Good Morning,
    Thank you for your fine submission TOY. It is fine filmmakers like you who encourage me to continue with Sandpoint Film Festival.

  • The cash, crew and I are very honored to have our film included in your festival.

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hi Dave,
    Your film MUGGING was well received and just hilarious. One of my favorites. Your lead guy was cast perfectly with that NJ attitude of "Man I just wanna smoke a cigarette". Well done! Thanks for submitting. Best, Janice

  • Brenda Camilleri

    Glad that my film Boy Wonder was showcased at this film festival! Thank you!

    September 2020
  • It's so brilliant Sandpoint was able to take place "in real" this year and not online only, like most festivals are forced to these past months! Films are made to be seen on big screens... It was a treat to communicate with Candice. I hope I'll be able to attend this festival someday!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hello Charles,
    We did our best to keep our selection of fine indy films on the big screen, even if it was under the stars! The people who attended certainly appreciated the quality of the films. Thanks very much for submitting your film SO LONG PARIS. The characters were well cast. Lucy Pouchoulin is a natural and certainly has a big future ahead of her in film. Your work is a perfect example of excellence in filmmaking. Loved it. Thanks again. With peace & blessings,