Organized by independent film production company Diamond in the Rough Films, our 3rd annual film festival wants to highlight the TRULY independent film. Even if it is "rough around the edges" or just plain out there. The filmmakers who scrape and sweat to put a good movie together against all odds. We want films that take risks, not hollow 4K mirages. If the names Cassavettes, Araki and Korine mean anything to you (and if they don't, then you should look them up on imdb immediately), then we might be the festival you're looking for.

Awards & Prizes

We will award laurels to all accepted films, (awards and prizes will be announced soon):

1. Best Feature Length Film (could be narrative or documentary)
2. Best Short Film (could be narrative or documentary)
3. Any other award we feel like giving.

Rules & Terms

We except films in the following categories:

Narrative Features - 60-90 minutes
Narrative Shorts - 20 min or less
Doc Features - 60-90 minutes
Doc Shorts - 20 min or less

1. No films depicting pornographic visuals or animal cruelty.

2. The person submitting to the festival claims ownership of video. The film festival will not be responsible for copyrighted, stolen, or uncredited works.

3. The film festival and film festival committee have the right to refuse and or decline any film submitted to the festival.

4. There is no limit on submissions but please make sure each submission is entered separately and films may have been completed at anytime.

5. All submissions must be submitted via FilmFreeway for viewing in online format only. We will not accept DVD's for the submission process. DVDs may be requested if your film is accepted.

6. San Jose Bay Area filmmakers are especially encouraged to apply.

7. Do not send any press material until notified.

8. All films must be made available in a downloadable file format.

7 Reviews

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    Matt Lewis

    super friendly and supportive. I definitely recommend this to any California filmmakers and especially first timers.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Matt! It was great having you and Ryan there repping "Funny Fat Guy"! The audience was very impressed with your feature and it's great seeing it get more screenings. Hope to see you next year with a new project!

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    Allen C. Gardner

    Everyone at Diamond in the Rough was extremely welcoming and accommodating. They have a true appreciation for independent films and greatly respect the filmmakers. We had a blast, and we're looking forward to submitting new movies to them in the future. I highly recommend this great new festival!

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Allen! You and Gabe charmed the patrons and filmmakers. We certainly hope to see you next year!

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    Eduardo Rufeisen

    It was a great experience. That is festival that will get bigger and bigger given the dedication of the organizers.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Eduardo, the pleasure was ours! We loved screening "It Was Dali" and hope to see more of your work submitted! We are absolutely working on getting bigger and better for next year!

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    Eric Scholl

    I was very happy to be included in this festival. While I could not attend, the communication was great and I felt totally included. The lineup was varied and interesting, and the people running it seem great. I would highly recommend it.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Eric! "Divine - Episode 1" played wonderfully with the crowd in our "Artists Corner" block of films. One patron even told me he was going to look up their bakery in Chicago next time he is there on business!

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    Mark Tapio Kines

    Small festival with great potential. The 3 guys in charge are kind, friendly, and passionate about film. Venue (Bluelight Cinemas) is nice: large screen, good projection, big lobby, ample free parking, many restaurants just steps away, and easy access to freeway. Audience turnout was larger than expected. There is interest here.

    Only qualm: no filmmaker Q&A. Organizers said audiences were too shy in the past, so instead they encouraged informal mingling in the lobby. I hope next time they will invite filmmakers to the front of the theater and kick off the Q&A themselves. It's common practice, and it means a lot.

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Mark for the feedback. Next year we are definitely planning an organized Q&A after each screening as well as a filmmaker gathering spot at the space right next to the venue (it is currently unoccupied but will be opening as an Italian restaurant in a few months). We loved programming "20 Matches" - the patrons loved it!