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San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) 2013

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The longest-running festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival, recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and events, is accepting submissions to SFIFF56 (April 25- May 9, 2013). Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered.The Festival’s Golden Gate Awards recognize the best of international and Bay Area talent by honoring innovation in documentary, narrative, animation, experimental and television works.

Entries information

  • All entries must have been completed on or after January 1, 2012.
  • Features previously exhibited in the Bay Area, either theatrically, at another local festival or via television or Internet broadcast are not eligible to apply.
  • Productions partially financed by television companies intended for theatrical presentation may be entered in non-television categories.
  • Bay Area filmmakers are eligible for additional Bay Area awards given in recognition of the rich variety of work that has established Northern California as a center of independent production. Awards are presented to a documentary feature film and two short films. To qualify for a Bay Area award, entries must have been made by a filmmaker who is a current resident of the San Francisco Bay Area (the area from Monterey to Mendocino: postal zip codes 93901 to 95457).
  • Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed. However, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible. The Festival will not accept new versions of an entry unless requested by the programming staff.
  • All entrants will be notified of the Festival’s decision by March, 2013.


Early Postmarked, Oct 9, 2012
Regular Postmarked, Nov 5, 2012
Final (Shorts) Postmarked, Dec 3, 2012
Final (Features) Postmarked, Dec 10, 2012

Preview format

For review purposes, entries must be submitted on DVD (region 0 or 1). Filmmakers submitting through Withoutabox are encouraged to upload their film using their Secure Online Screener option. Test your DVD on several makes and models of players before submitting it. Only one entry on a DVD, please.

Subtitled entries

All non–English language entries must have English subtitles for preview and for Festival presentation.


Entry Fees

  • Oct9-$50;Nov5-$65;Dec10-$95:Non-Documentary Features
  • Oct9-$50;Nov5-$65;Dec10-$95:Documentary Features
  • Oct9-$40;Nov5-$50;Dec10-$80:Bay Area Residents and College Students
  • Oct9-$30;Nov5-$40;Dec10-$70:Filmmaker Pro SFFS members


  • $20,000:Documentary Feature
  • $15,000:Bay Area Documentary Feature
  • $15,000:New Directors Prize
  • no cash award:Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • no cash award:Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

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