The city of St. Petersburg is an oasis of its own with beautiful, year-round warm weather, pristine waterfronts that canvas its downtown scenery, real beaches that look just like the postcards, Restaurants, and shops that make it the perfect backdrop to enhance the festival experience. Attendees will be enthralled with what this festival has to offer from it's Pre- Launch Kick-Off Party, To our Nightly Social Industry Networking Mixers at some of the premier downtown hotspots, To our (DIY) Do it Yourself Workshops and Panel Discussions that are designed to help enhance the creative works of local filmmakers both near and far, conducted by top professionals in the Bay Area just to name of few things happening over the course of this magical week/weekend.

Films submitted are screened by our panel of expert judges and carefully selected to be presented on the big screen at the Sundial AMC 12, and other Highly respected and historic screening venues in the city. Due to COVID-19, safety precautions and restrictions we reserve the right to switch to an online streaming platform to screen films which also allows for a larger audience to view your work as well.

Visit our website to see some of last years celebration, and more specific event information that this exciting festival has to offer, which celebrates the dreamers, visionaries, and creative storytellers from around the bay and beyond.

SCFF Categories for Prizes:
Best Documentary
Best Indie Short
Best Feature
Best Cinematography Film/ Music Video
Best Female Actor
Best Male Actor
Best Director
Best Music Video
Audience Choice:

The SCFF Committee embraces whole heartily the art of filmmaking and looks forward to congratulating this year's winners in all categories.

Rules & Terms:
Feature Length Films: Minimum 40 - 90Mins
Student Shorts: 2- 15mins
Independent Short Films: 5 - 30Mins
Animation: 2 - 10mins
Documentaries: 5 - 35mins
Web Series: Up to 3 Episodes 6 - 30Mins each Episode
Music Videos: No longer than 5Mins
Music Singles/Instrumentals: No longer than 4:45Mins

We accept films and music in the above stated categories in any genre. We do not have a premiere restriction, but do let us know if this is a national, regional, or international premiere. All films must be in English or subtitled in English. All films must be original work and clear of hindrances that would interfere with showing at our festival. We welcome foreign films of any genre. We reserve the right to adjust or amend award categories dependent upon submissions. Cash or in-kind awards may be added. Except where specifically offered, travel, lodging, and expenses will be incurred by the filmmaker. If your film is accepted, you grant SCFF permission to use the film for marketing purposes. You also may be required to have your film, if selected, converted into a DCP format if selected to screen inside of the AMC movie theater. You will receive a direct message from us if this is the case. Waivers may be granted on a special needs basis. Please contact us for more info on waiver codes for late submissions beyond Dec 20, 2023.

With your submission please make sure it includes:
-The director’s name
-The film title
-A short (50-words or less) description of the film
-Cover Art for your movie for display on our website, and marketing materials if selected.
-With your Music Submission please make sure it includes: Artist Name, Cover Art, Producers Name, Writers Name, and Where it was recorded. Please submit in MP3 File Format.