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 - 30 min or less
Doc Features - 60-90 minutes
Doc Shorts - 30 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.

12 Reviews

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    Adam Losurdo

    A small but excellent selection of high-quality films. Easy to communicate with the staff leading up to the festival. Would submit again!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Adam! "Hope" fit perfectly into our programming! :-)

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    Avi Glick

    Great festival. Based on their lineup, you can tell they choose films strictly for their entertainment and artistic value, not just because they're focused on hot topic social issues or have celebrities in them (a refreshing change from the recent festival norms). Not only was the communication spectacular, but I unexpectedly received an excellently written review of my film that was published to their social media sites and that I was able to ad to my press kit. I was also lucky enough to win an award and they mailed over a certificate within a week of the win. They definitely take the time to carefully watch your film and are very supportive of those selected. Would absolutely recommend this festival.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Avi, we were thrilled to screen "The Theory of Optimal Control" and honor it with our Best Short Film award. Thank you so much for the kind words. Hope to see your next work soon!

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    Kate Isenberg

    DITR is a great festival and I was honored to have my animated film included. Mark Schwab is a champion of independent film and I know this festival is going to be one to watch in the years ahead. Although I was not able to attend in person, every interaction I had with the festival was prompt and professional.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We loved having Stewball on the big screen! :-)

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    James Rewucki

    I was very happy to be chosen by DITR, they dealt with me professionally and promptly and even though I could not attend it looks as they they screened in a top notch venue. I was disappointed I could not attend as it looks like it would have been a great deal of fun. I dropped some stars on the networking aspect only because I was unable to attend and thus I could not properly rate that aspect.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you James! I loved hearing your film in the theater where I could really appreciate your excellent score and sound design! Plus, Joe Compton from GoIndieNow.com was very impressed as well.

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    Nicholas De Fina

    I've nothing but great things to say about this festival. It is well-organized by people who are genuinely interested in the advancement of independent film, and they go the extra mile to support/promote your film, specifically. Great venue at Bluelight Cinemas in Cupterino, Ca. And probably most importantly, this is a festival where the organizers adhere to their intent to find and prop up actually independent film, and not a middling movie that stars the second cousin of Rob Schneider.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nicholas! "LeSuerdmin" played great on the big screen and we loved hearing the laughs in the theater!