The Shawna Shea Film Festival (SSFF) is a fringe independent international film festival. We love quirky and experimental films as much as we love straight narratives.

Our philosophy is best explained in the 2005 version of Amos Vogel's book "Film as a Subversive Art."

In it he writes explaining the importance of independent cinema and festivals, "Not those fake 'independent' films whose makers only aspire to become the next Hollywood stars, but those true iconoclasts and independent features, avant-garde or documentary filmmakers-who even under today's bleak circumstances audaciously continue to 'transgress' (i.e. subvert) narrative modes, themes, structures, and the visual/aural conventions of mainstream cinema."

Our goal is to give as much exposure to these kind of films that push those artistic boundaries.

Established in 2012 the SSFF is a fundraiser for the Shawna E Shea Memorial Foundation Inc, a 501(c)(3), to honor Shawna's unique independent spirit by highlighting truly independent films that share the same quality.

The funds raised from the festival go towards scholarships and fellowships, including a Women in Film Fellowship.

Every year we have an opening night networking party and on the closing night we have an awards ceremony and party with pizza and fun networking. It is a party!

Every year we give out Best of Awards in many categories.

We give out a Shawna Spirit Award to those artists who push the boundaries and norms of the artwork. Truly independent artists.

We also offer a Female Fellowship Award every year to aspiring female filmmakers from around the world. Go to the website for more details.

All films must have been produced in the past three years. We accept digital files only for screening purposes. No fee waivers are offered. We reserve the right to screen accepted films at festival events throughout the year. All films that are not in English must have subtitles. For our screenings we require MP4 files.

All screenplays must be under 110 pages for features.

No Waivers. Please don't ask for waivers. This is a fundraiser for our foundation. That would defeat the purpose.

We are not responsible for travel or accommodations.

Overall Rating
  • Shoko Ito

    Very Happy with the outcome, highly recommended
    Shoko Ito, Drawing in The Sky

    October 2023
  • Adam Tocci

    I want to thank Skip and The Shawna Shea Memorial Film Festival for a wonderful experience! This was my first film and first festival and I had a blast. Great communication, great films, great spirit! I hope to be back soon!

    October 2023
  • Chris Denmead

    An amazing film fest every year

    October 2023
  • k rose

    I didn’t attend the film festival but they were very responsive and kind hearted in their response to my emails. Great team!

    October 2023
  • The festival was very good.

    October 2023