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Fueled by enthusiastic audiences and a focus on presenting compelling stories, SF Shorts programs exclusively from its pool of submitted entries. Unlike most festivals, all SF Shorts entries are individually screened by the festival director responsible for programming. We accept all types of short films, which for us includes music videos. Our festival prides itself on its range. It's our mission to present the widest possible scope of content.

SF Shorts does not use screeners. A director of the festival will watch every single entry, so you can be assured that your film is fully considered. All films selected for the festival are automatically eligible for a variety of honors and prizes awarded by the festival and the audience.

At the festival, many of our visiting filmmakers remark how nice it is to have their film screened before a real audience and not just festival staff and colleagues. As filmmakers ourselves, we know the amount of work that goes into projects, so after each screening, we lead the audience in a meaningful discussion about your process.

In addition to cash prizes/awards, SF Shorts offers significant travel stipends to filmmakers attending the festival. The result is a festival where filmmakers, films, and audience collide into a cinematic celebration that includes eight different honors presented by the festival and audience members.

We do not provide waivers. Submissions are accepted through the platforms below.
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