Each year the San Jose International Short Film Festival delivers what every filmmaker dreams of; incredible image & sound reproduction of their work on the big screen, a receptive audience hungry for cinematic excellence and a supportive staff on hand to make the festival an experience of a lifetime. Combine that with temperate weather (each October) in the heart of Silicon Valley and you have the San Jose International Short Film Festival, now in its 12th amazing year.

Noted as one of the "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazine, our goal is simple; deliver the best of WORLD CLASS SHORT FILMS, films from every genre and style with runtimes from 60 seconds, up to 30 minutes in length.

We have an expanded focus on comedy, animation and shorts for kids & family viewers, plus dedicated screenings for adult animation (past films have ranged from CG Pixar-style animation to beautiful hand drawn Miyazaki-style traditional animation). Over 50% of our films hail as International entries and we accept any English-subtitled films in their native languages. Sci-fi has become a mainstay of the festival with brilliant thought-provoking storylines and exceptional visuals, and we have been carving out a niche for music based films (including music videos), showcased for our audiences.

Our audiences have enjoyed our special screenings, after-parties and our incredible Meet the Filmmaker events, where we explore the excellence in filmmaking first-hand with interviews prior to, and after screenings. In addition, each film is presented in 4K projection, (projected via DCP (Digital Cinema Package) with audio encoded with up to 5.1 surround channels.

Back for 2020, we are opening up submissions for Television & Web-Series Pilots - with online content taking over in a big way. We are truly excited to present blocks dedicated to the next generation of creative media with the hopes to help increase overall exposure and check out what independent artists have crafted for the next Netflix, Hulu or Amazon portals.

Join us for over 100 short films, presented over four days October, 2020. Bringing together filmmakers, industry executives, Silicon Valley notables and celebrities, to mix and mingle with visitors and patrons seeking to discover new filmmakers and their talented projects. Last year we had over 100 filmmakers, actors and crew members in attendance, this year we would love to meet YOU.

We hope to see you this October.

Awards include:
Best Short Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Sci-fi
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Audience Awards Winner

All films must be a minimum of one minute and no longer than 30 minutes, including credits and may cover any genre (note: always looking for more films under 5 min in length). Rough cuts and work-in-progress prints are acceptable as long as the final (completed) film can be delivered prior to August 10th, 2018.

Our preferred method for submissions is via online screener, digital streaming via private link or password protected via Vimeo or similar sites.

Final screenings will be via DCP (Digital Cinema Package), please provide a DCP or we can have your film converted to DCP for a nominal fee. Sources can be high resolution DNxHD, ProRes, DPX or other professional formats.

All submission applications, disposable media and press kits submitted become property of EAP Creative, Emerging Artist Productions & the San Jose International Short Film Festival and will not be returned.

Upon acceptance, the San Jose International Short Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize and/or excerpt from any film submitted & accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional and marketing purposes. This will include the use of the filmmaker's name, likeness & publicity stills, film or video footage, title, logline and synopsis of materials, in pre & post-competition publicity & promotional efforts.

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 submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless San Jose International Short Film Festival, Emerging Artist Productions, EAP Creative, their officers and employees 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.

In addition, said films may also be used in Road Show or Showcase exhibitions or other events and venues associated with SJSFF including the Yountville International Short Film Festival and other Best Of screening events.

Overall Rating
  • Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

    One of our absolute favorite festivals! A truly wonderful experience! I highly recommend them. They were incredibly professional, supportive, and a joy to get to know.

    April 2020
  • Great festival! Lots of energy. Good films and good audiences!

    February 2020
  • Patrick Hogan

    Really fun festival. Great venue, packed theaters. Strong slate of films. I highly recommend.

    December 2019
  • Fantastic festival. Wonderful and friendly festival organizers. Saw SO many great shorts. Lovely environment.

    December 2019
  • John Trefry

    Great festival with fantastic screening facilities and active community!

    As a filmmaker who has had multiple films at SJSFF, I very much appreciate the quality of the overall experience. Even though it's a growing festival, the AV is top notch. To have your short screened with fantastic projection and sound is huge at a festival and I've been to many larger fests that do not have nearly the same quality.

    Also, the community around SJSFF is great. I've met a ton of talented filmmakers and be inspired by their work. I knew it was a special festival when we screened with the film SKIN which went on to win the Oscar for live action short. Additionally, the festival staff is very filmmaker friendly and overall just wants to provide a great experience for attendees and filmmakers.

    Overall, I highly recommend SJSFF and look forward to sharing our new short films there in the future!

    November 2019