UPDATE: Due to the global pandemic, the October 2020 Santa Cruz Film Festival has been cancelled.
The Santa Cruz Film Festival supports and promotes film arts for the local community and for filmmakers and their audiences world-wide. Through the production of an annual film festival and year round events and educational activities, the Santa Cruz Film Festival engages the entire community in the appreciation of the film arts, and is becoming a national leader in the film festival industry for communities of our size.
Now in its 18th year, the Santa Cruz Film Festival celebrates innovative and original filmmaking in and for the Greater Monterey Bay community. Since 2002, SCFF has screened over 1600 independent films and videos including scores of quality, locally produced works to tens of thousands of enthusiastic and dedicated film lovers.
The Santa Cruz Film Festival celebrates the diverse art of talented filmmakers. SCFF presents artists who create films and videos in all genres from around the world in one of the most thought-provoking, entertaining, fun-filled regional film festivals in the country.
The Festival has been proud to not only showcase new creative talents, but also to provide an interactive experience where filmmakers, musicians, performers, artists and the community can come together to share their art and ideas and to have an enlightening and fun time.
Honoring today's most creative independent films, SCFF presents awards in 17 categories:
Best Animated Work
Best Documentary Feature
Best Experimental Feature
Best Experimental Short
Best Locally-Produced Work
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Short Documentary
Best Student-Produced Work
Director’s Award for Artistic Merit
EarthVision Environmental Feature Award
EarthVision Environmental Short Award
Evan Kuhn Youth Film Award
Visionary Women in Film Award
Spirit of Action Prize (Feature)
Spirit of Action Prize (Short)
Films may be screened more than once during the Festival.
The Festival may use images and clips from accepted films for promotional purposes.
The Festival covers one-way shipping of exhibition materials. The Festival is not responsible for materials lost or damaged in transit.
In case of loss or damage while in possession by the Festival, the responsibility of the Festival is limited to the costs of repair or replacement of the print or video tape materials only.
Student produced work please include either proof of enrollment - copy of student ID, etc.
Santa Cruz/Monterey local produced work please include proof of residency in Santa Cruz/Monterey County - driver's license copy, etc.
Youth works please include proof of age.