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. All are welcome.

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 food and a band. It is a party!

Every year we give out Best of Awards in many categories including the Women in Film Award and the William Gerrity Award.

We also offer a Female Fellowship Award every year to aspiring female filmmakers from around the world. Go to the Shawna E Shea Memorial Foundation 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
  • Adam Newman

    Skip Shea runs a fantastic festival with a unique and eclectic selection of films. Will absolutely be submitting more films to this festival in the future.

    October 2019
  • Although I couldn't attend, I am thrilled that It's Time for Tea was part of the 2019 Shawna Shea Memorial Film Festival. Thank you!

    October 2019
  • Rachel Thomas-Medwid

    Thrilled that my short screenplay "The Squirrels in the Attic" won first place! Unfortunately I couldn't be there but the communication was excellent and prompt. Thank you so much for the honor and I hope to submit again and hopefully attend.

    October 2019
  • Adrian Esposito

    This was one of the most fun festivals I've been to. The director, Skip Shea is very accessible and most importantly attentive to the needs of the participants and guests. I can't wait for next year's festival. I hope that we have a film that can be entered !

    October 2019
  • Sarah McLean

    The SSFF is a great little indie fest that cares about filmmakers. It's a perfect place for those off-beat, absurd, quirky, unusual, and impactful films that might not fit in at other fests. Skip & Co have a great eye for selecting films that resonate with an audience in a variety of ways and hit you to the core.

    October 2019