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 13th 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 2021, 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, 2021. 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. In 2019 we had over 100 filmmakers, actors and crew members in attendance, this year we would love to meet YOU.

We hope to see you October 2021.

Awards include:
Best Short Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Sci-fi
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Family
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 July 2021.

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
  • Ruben van Duijn

    Great festival. Very engaged and interested in the film and the drive behind my filmmaking.

    April 2021
  • Grayson Duvall Wittenbarger

    I can only hope I get to enjoy the festival in person next year and thank everyone involved in creating such a warm and welcoming environment. Highly communicative and well organized. Thanks for having The Man Who Took Time :)

    November 2020
  • Robin Wang

    This is an extremely professional, passionate, generous team. Despite the pandemic, the festival’s “home edition” continues to celebrate filmmaking in innovative, interesting ways. It is an honor to be a part of this year’s special event!

    November 2020
  • Jake Isaacs

    Sinouhi and team put together a great festival all around. In person 2019 and at home version in 2020 were both a blast!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jake for your review! We wish you all the best on your future products.


  • Patrick Weiers

    The festival has a great team of passionate and caring organizers who curated some remarkable short films. They did a great job of adapting to an online format after the pandemic made the theatre experience difficult. The short film blocks were thoughtfully constructed and emotionally balanced.

    November 2020