The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival is a biennial event, established in 1999 to provide a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker film and video makers and to screen works about sex workers and the sex industries from around the world. The Sex Worker Festival provides an opportunity to recognize and honor prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers, who have historically been a dynamic part of arts communities.
To date, the Sex Worker Festivals have screened over three hundred works and generated much interest in the media. See our archives (in progress at http://www.sexworkerfest.com/videos/ In addition, the festival presents performances and events. Films and videos for the Sex Worker Festival focus on sex workers' rights; organizing efforts and working conditions for dancers; global sex work and sex work as a labor issue on the international agenda; sex workers as artists; anti-racism and anti-oppression in sex worker communities; sex work and gender identities focusing on LGB/transgender/queer sex workers; sex education, sex art, porn and erotica; and portraits of strippers, prostitutes, doms, madams and more. We encourage diverse participation, diverse perspectives emphasizing under-represented voices in our movements and communities.
Rules & Terms
Films and videos must be:
1) directed or produced by someone who has worked in the sex industries;
2) about any aspect of sex work.
Please note: We are interested in art, experimental work, music videos, narratives, documentaries and all works that challenge stigmatizing stereotypes regarding prostitution and other forms of sex work. If your work does not fit into this description, please don't submit it.
Upon filmmakers consent, all such works will be included in our location-based library of films about sex work, available for researchers and activists. http://www.sexworkermedialibrary.org/about
A separate application must accompany each work. Entry forms are also available online at our website, but we prefer submissions through Filmfreeway.
Entries may be sent on an ongoing basis. The first deadline for the 2017 Festival is March 1, 2017. (Please email us and let us know you sent it, or send us a link to the online video.) The festival will take place in May 20-28, 2017. The festival also sponsors ongoing screenings at festivals around the world and we accept work on an ongoing basis. Call 415-857-5425
A separate entry fee and application form is needed for each work. The entry fees are:
First deadline (postmarked by March 1, 2017) $10.00 for the first film or video, and $5.00 for each additional film or video.
Late Deadline (postmarked after March 1, 2017) $15.00 for the first film or video, and $5.00 for each additional film or video.
Checks or money orders should be in U.S. funds. Entry fees will be waived based on financial need upon request. Fees are waived if needed (email us), and always for makers in developing countries with no access to US dollar currencies.
Screening: Preferred: Quicktime files (high quality h.264), DVD, Film-16 or 35mm (by special arrangement only)
Preview- Preferred- 1) web links for viewing online 2) DVD
Foreign language film and video should be made available with the original language soundtrack and English subtitles, however we will consider works in that have not been subtitled.
Entries will be reviewed by festival curating director and production team. We will notify entrants by April 27th, 2017.
Include address label on both tape and container. Movies must be shipped prepaid and packed in proper containers to arrive at the Sex Worker Fest office. DO NOT send films for preview. Do not send submissions in fiber-filled envelopes, as the dust damages equipment.
If a FILM is invited to participate, the film must be shipped prepaid, insured and packed in proper containers. FILM media is only accepted by prior arrangement. The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Festival will be responsible for return shipping charges for 16 and 35mm films only when pre-arranged with the filmmaker. The Sex Worker Fest will not pay for international shipping for domestic films (USA). The Sex Worker Fest does not assume any liability for damage to prints due to improper containers or otherwise. 16 mm and 35 mm films (only) in our possession must be insured by the film maker against damage or loss while participating in the festival.
Upon acceptance, film cassettes and videos sent from outside the United States must be accompanied by a commercial invoice or b&w, value of shipment and sender's name and address. Cassettes should be marked: 'For Festival Screening Only.'
Materials (photos, image files, etc.) of films and video clips (short promotional excerpts only) selected for screening become the property of the SF Bay Area Sex Worker Fest and can be used to promote SF Bay Area Sex Worker Fest and the programs of SF Bay Area Sex Worker Fest in all mediums including film, television, radio and the internet.