Nestled in the Mountains of Northern Idaho, there is an active group of filmmakers who love seeing what other filmmakers around the Inland Northwest are creating. Combine that love for local films with a historic theater and we have a recipe for one killer film festival with true small town character! Submit your short film today!

** Please note: Your submission must come from within 400 miles of Sandpoint, Idaho. See map for exact radius: **

Why another film festival?

With so many "international" film festivals out there, we decided it was high time to have a festival that catered to regional talent, with networking and learning opportunities for filmmakers. This is why we started the Sandpoint Radius Film Festival.

Sandpoint Radius Film Festival is the brain child of a core group of talented filmmakers, producers, directors, artists and actors. Our goal is to create a festival that caters to Inland Northwest filmmakers with ample opportunities for networking, discussions and learning.

We will provide each submitted film with notes from the judges whether or not your film is chosen an official selection. To that end, we promise our judges will watch each film and score them on 9 major points. Judges may also provide optional notes on your film if they so desire.

*** Each film submitted will receive two tickets ($30 value) to attend the 2-day film festival in Sandpoint, Idaho regardless of if your film is chosen as a finalist. ***

As filmmakers, we are interested in networking with other filmmakers and talking about our successes and failures. At most "international" film festivals, talented local filmmakers are competing with large state sponsored big budget films, leaving little room in the schedule for local filmmakers to show and get feedback on their important works.

There will be trophies for the top three films. Once we are more established, we hope to have cash prizes as well.

Sandpoint Radius Film Festival Rules:

Your submission must come from within 400 miles of Sandpoint, Idaho. See map here:
Films can be up to 20 minutes in length.
G, PG, and PG-13 type films are accepted for consideration.
Films must be submitted exclusively through FilmFreeway.
All filmmakers can request their judging score for feedback on their film.
All judging is confidential and all decisions are final.
There is no compensation for the showing of your film.
You can choose whether your film is shown in or out of competition.
We have no premiere requirement.
Even if your film is available online, you can still submit it to our festival.

Submitter must have rightful ownership to all submitted content.

By submitting your film, you agree that have secured all necessary broadcast rights for both picture and sound and Sandpoint Radius Film Festival is granted non-exclusive license to screen work(s) at the festival, for promotional, archival and other non-commercial uses. All filmmakers retain copyright of their works.

Overall Rating
  • Jeanne Givens

    Great people in the wonderful town of Sandpoint, Idaho. The festival is a really fine addition to summer activities. Well run festival.

    April 2019
  • Dave Kotlan

    What a great festival, and this was just the first year! The Sandpoint Radius Festival staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and displayed our film on a gorgeous giant screen & sound system, which exceeded any festival I've attended. This was definitely put together by filmmakers, for filmmakers. The entire design of the festival was to help filmmakers network and share ideas. Even the sidewalks had chalk drawings surrounding the venue with key moments from many of the films in the festival. They were also very open to ideas, suggestions, and of course compliments.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review Dave. We had a blast putting on the festival in 2018 and are looking forward to an even better event next year. Thanks for being a filmmaker!!