SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL's MISSION is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by presenting films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, and providing film artists from the bay area in particular and around the world in general, a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. SFBFF believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

An early proponent of the global perspective, the festival has always been ahead of its time. Long before popular culture paid lip service to ‘going global’, we were walking the walk, presenting global motifs and topics from filmmakers around the world.

Recognition of the top winners from each category + whatever we can gather to give the winners. Sometimes money and sometimes swag!

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SUBMISSION REGULATIONS
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Provide a secure online screener or
Submit ProRes 422 file on a thumb drive

When submitting final film for play at the festival, please use the following format (in this order of preference).

1. A ProRes 442 file on a thumbdrive. (make sure it has some speed on it) I the file is of a full feature or long documentary, please try to keep the file size down but better than that of a BluRay
ALSO INCLUDE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AS A SUPPLEMENT AND BACKUP!
2. BluRay (1x)
3. DVD (1x)
4. Digital Download
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DEADLINE
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All official selection entries must be received by June 10th, 2021 unless some other conversation has stated otherwise.

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SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
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All submissions must be shipped prepaid in proper containers.
Please do not send submissions in fiber -filled envelopes.

SFBFF
1755 O'Farrell Street Suite #309
San Francisco, CA 94115

MAKE SURE TO GET TRACKING!
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JUDGING
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Each entry will be viewed by the Festival committee and rated on a 5 (five) point scale.
The committee will also rate for general interest, creativity and production values.

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ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION
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All filmmakers will be notified by May 15th, 2019 (approximately).

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Shipping
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=>The filmmaker is solely responsible for shipping the festival print prepaid, insured and packed in proper containers.
=>SFBFF will not be responsible for return shipping.
=>SFBFF will not pay for international shipping of US films.

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Awards
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-Any film considered for a festival award cannot have had commercial theatrical play
domestically.

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Disclaimer
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-All precaution will be taken to ensure proper handling of materials submitted
-The festival, its judges or its agents cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any film or video entered or any materials submitted in the connection therewith. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the festival, its judges and agents shall be held harmless from damage

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COMPETITION AGREEMENT
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=>I/We have read all of the San Francisco Black Film Festival rules.

=>I/We understand and have complied with these rules.

=>I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no
disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

=>I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.

=>I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

=>I/We agree to hold the San Francisco Black Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, we/the.

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For digital submissions, filmmaker signatures are kept "on file." Include ALL relevant terms and conditions in the box below. For example, if your terms and conditions refer to your general rules, paste them below too.
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SFBFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless SFBFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
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IF USING FEDEX, UPS, OR ANY OTHER SERVICE!!!
Send to: 1755 O'Farrell Street Unit #309, San Francisco, CA. 94115
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Overall Rating
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Networking
  • Amazing experience, thanks for giving us the opportunity to take part in your festival. I can't wait to attend in person.

    April 2021
  • Kevin Onyeaka

    The biggest part taken out was the networking which was due to the pandemic. With how crazy of a year 2020 was, it's even amazing they were able to pivot as quick as they did to an online format and I appreciate them for that.

    March 2021
  • Okema Gunn

    Thank you so much for selecting " A Sisterhood of Signatures" for the festival.

    March 2021
  • This year it was online, so I'm glad they still went ahead with it. If this happens again next year, I think they should go with a different platform and not show the films as long as they did. No more than two weeks would be ideal; It just seemed like they were trying to make as much money as possible by leaving it up that long. Lastly, there should have been a Q & A with the filmmakers. As a filmmaker, I felt slighted.

    August 2020
  • Amir Zargara

    Thanks for having us :)

    July 2020