SIFE (Savona International Film Event) is an independent film festival, committed to sharing great stories from both new and established international and domestic filmmakers from the world of independent cinema.

SIFE will welcome filmmakers and cinema-fans from around the world, at this international event. We have created a varied festival program for you, which will provide plenty of opportunities to meet fellow filmmakers.

We accept films of all genres and lengths.

All projects must have been completed on or after March 1, 2018 to be considered for the 2023 Savona International Film Event.


Jury awards are given for the following categories:

-Best Narrative Feature (The Narrative Feature category is for fictional films that run 60 minutes or longer).

-Best Narrative Short (The Narrative Short category is for fictional films shorter than 59 minutes).

-Best Documentary (The Documentary Feature category is for non-fiction films that run 12 minutes or longer. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Documentary Competition).

-Best Animated Short (The Animated Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes that feature primarily animated content or stop-motion animation.).

-Best Experimental Short (The Experimental Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted in this category will be eligible only for Experimental programming).

-Best Music Video (The Music Video category is for original music videos (an official reel, a visual accompaniment and/or representation of a piece of music that’s generally 1-10 minutes in length). Songs must be the ORIGINAL composition of the band or musician featured in the video. Covers will not be considered).

Films competing in juried categories are chosen solely at the discretion of the SIFE programming team. Acceptance to the festival does not guarantee placement in Competition.

SIFE juries are comprised of filmmakers, film critics and industry figures.

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Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener in order to be considered. Once we have all necessary materials, the submission will be marked “In Consideration”. It is the submitter’s responsibility to make sure that all requirements are met. If your film has not been listed “In Consideration” within 7 business days of submission, please contact us to find out what is needed to move your film into consideration.

Press kits and cover letters are not required but are appreciated. If you wish to submit either, please attach it to your submission. DO NOT send hard copies to our office; they will be recycled.


All projects must be submitted via secure online screener - either as a password protected Vimeo link attached to your submission, or uploaded directly to FilmFreeway. The submitter is responsible for ensuring that their screener link and password is active through at least December 30, 2023. In the event of a password or URL change after submitting, email us immediately. If we discover an error with the screener, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to respond by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees. Online screeners must be available to stream, we do not accept any films that must be downloaded.

We DO NOT accept DVD or Blu-Ray screeners. In addition, we cannot accept screener links via email, they MUST be attached to your submission.


All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If we discover a submission is missing subtitles, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees.


Please review all submission categories carefully before submitting your project. All entrants are required to pay the submission fee of their film’s appropriate category. If you believe you have submitted your film to the wrong category, contact us immediately. While we can typically facilitate a change in category, the entrant will be responsible for any changes in submission fees. We cannot offer partial refunds for categories with a smaller fee. If the new category has a higher fee, the entrant is responsible for paying the difference.

Submission to multiple categories is not encouraged. Please read category descriptions carefully to determine where your submission belongs. If the entrant wishes to submit to multiple categories, a separate submission fee must be paid for each category. SIFE reserves the right to determine eligibility of a submission in each respective category. Refunds will not be offered for submission to an inappropriate category.


SIFE endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 30 November 2023 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time.


By entering your film for consideration to the 2023 SIFE, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the SIFE, AC Systemout, and any representative or affiliates 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.

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Overall Rating
  • Salute to SIFE team for the selection of my project "Call Of Duty" and providing a nice platform to get your work out there to an audience.

    November 2022
  • Gonghee Lee

    I am very happy and grateful that my film "The Sound of Memories" won the Best Feature Film award at your festival.
    I hope your film festival develops into a more artistic and great film festival.

    November 2022
  • I was speechless when my Englosh/Spanish short drama " The one hundred " , Scifi "After the doomsday", and feature documentary " Usolved Mysteries of the world" were selected. I visited and loved the beautiful city of Savona. I am so happy and proud to be part if tge selected 2022 films

    November 2022
  • Thanks to Savona International Film Event!
    Rock n Roll save our soul!

    Grazie 1000!

    December 2021
  • Cris Catalan

    Great festival, organised, nice team!

    December 2019