Entries are now being accepted for the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival, May 29 – June 4, 2014.
The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre. To qualify, productions must feature an aspect of sustainability or of the relationship between people and the planet.
SUBMIT ONLINE BELOW (preferred)
- Secure submission and payment can be made through the Web form below.
- You can also access the form online HERE.
- After you click ‘Submit’ you will be taken to the second page with the credit card payment options.
- Please read the GENERAL RULES and TERMS & CONDITIONS further down this page for full information and FAQ.
SUBMIT BY MAIL
Alternatively, you can submit a hard copy entry form by mail:
- Download Submission Form [PDF]
- Download General Rules and Terms & Conditions [PDF]
The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre: documentaries, narratives, animations, features, shorts, student works, transmedia projects, music videos, installations, games, and experimental genres will all be considered for inclusion. We particularly encourage filmmakers living and working outside the USA to submit.
To qualify, productions MUST feature an aspect of sustainability or of the relationship between people and the planet. Topics that will be considered include:
Animals & Wildlife
Arts and the Environment
Cities & Urban Living
Conservation & Restoration
Land Use & Resources
Recreation & Lifestyle
COMPLETION DATE All submissions must be completed after January 1, 2012.
LANGUAGE All dialogues must be presented in English or with English subtitles.
LENGTH SFGFF regards a Short film as under 45 minutes and a Feature film as 45 minutes and over.
All works submitted to the festival are eligible to compete for the Festival’s awards. These include the Best Feature, Best Short, Green Tenacity Award, Inspiring Lives Award, and Audience Award.
Features: A non-fiction or narrative (fiction) film or video that is 45 minutes or over in length. Animation may also be included.
Shorts: A short film or video that is under 45 minutes in length. This includes documentary, narrative fiction and animation. SFGFF shorts may screen with features or, on occasion, in a shorts program.
Interactive & Multi Media Projects: Projects that combine film, art, and new media technologies, including installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, and games. There is no standard format for this category – however, applicants must submit the work in part or in whole and a clear explanation of the project.
DEADLINES AND FEES
There are three submissions deadlines. Submissions must be postmarked by these dates. These are the postmark deadlines but please send your submission as soon as possible.
EARLY: December 13, 2013
$35 – Features
$25 – Shorts/MultiMedia
$15 – Student*
Free – 18 and under**
REGULAR: January 10, 2014
$45 – Features
$35 – Shorts/MultiMedia
$25 – Student*
Free – 18 and under**
FINAL: January 17, 2014
$55 – Features
$45 – Shorts/MultiMedia
$35 – Student*
Free – 18 and under**
* To qualify for the Student submission fee you must send in a copy of a valid school ID.
** Entry fees are waived for youth filmmakers age 18 and under. To qualify, the film’s director must be age 18 or under as of June 4, 2014.
Payments must be in US DOLLARS only. The submission fee is non-refundable. Submissions with unpaid entry fees will not be considered for selection. More than one entry may be submitted; however an official entry form and entry fee must accompany each submission.
• Credit Card: After you click ‘Submit’ you will be taken to the second page with the credit card payment options.
Submissions by mail:
• Check/Money Order: Make payable to “SF Green Film Festival” with the film title in the memo line.
• PayPal: Use the payment ID: firstname.lastname@example.org with the film title in the description.
• Payment by credit card can only be made if using the online entry form.
Please note that if you pay by credit card or PayPal the international exchange rates are determined on the date of the transaction.
If you are paying the discounted student entry fee rate, please send a scan of your student I.D. to email@example.com including the title of your film and name of the director in the body of the email.
PREVIEW SCREENING COPIES
Please consider submitting your film to us electronically. This is an economical, eco-friendly alternative to hard-copy DVD submissions.
There are three options for submitting a preview screener to our screening committee. Choose ONE option that will work for you.
OPTION A: Submit a link to watch your film online (such as on Vimeo, YouTube, or IMdb) on the entry form and include any necessary passwords for access.
OPTION B: Submit a media file attached to an email or via Dropbox. Email the file or link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the title of your film and name of the director in the body of the email.
OPTION C: Send your film in the mail to:
SF Green Film Festival
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th Street, Suite 220
San Francisco, CA 94103
Your mail package should include:
• Two (2) copies of your film on DVD. Please write the title of your film, name of director, and film running time on the disc.
• If you did not submit online, please include a hard copy signed and completed entry form.
• If you did not make entry fee payment online, include a check or money order made payable to “SF Green Film Festival” with the film title in the memo line.
• If applicable, include a copy of a valid school I.D. if you have paid the student entry fee rate.
• A self-addressed and stamped postcard (if you would like notification of receipt).
• A self-addressed and stamped return envelope (if you would like your preview DVD returned).
• All International submissions must include this wording on any Customs label: “Film/Video on loan for festival purposes only; No Commercial Value.”
If selected, you will be required to supply your film on one of the following formats for screening at SFGFF: 35mm, HDCAM, Blu-Ray, DVD, or QuickTime file (ProRes, H264). All dialogues MUST be presented in English or with English subtitles.
You will be required to pay for the forward carriage of your film print, tape or disc to San Francisco for screening in the Festival. SFGFF will pay for the return or forward carriage only.
If your submission is successful you will be informed by email by mid-March 2014.
If your submission is unsuccessful you will be informed by email. This correspondence may not reach you until April 2014 due to our volume of work at this time. Please note that SFGFF is unable to return your DVD submission unless accompanied by a self addressed & stamped mailing package or courier account details for return carriage.
1. SFGFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project submitted.
2. SFGFF will accept films created in any media format. If accepted, the producer agrees to provide the festival with the presentation format indicated on this entry form: 35mm, HDCAM, BluRay, DVD, or QuickTime file (ProRes, H264).
3. By signing the film entry form, the producer agrees that all rights and clearances have been obtained, that any copyrighted sound, image or content included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and that SFGFF is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.
4. All submitted materials become the property of SFGFF for education, promotional, and archival library purposes, unless accompanied by a self addressed & stamped mailing package or courier account details for return carriage.
5. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted while in the possession of the Festival. However, SFGFF cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.
6. By signing the film entry form, you acknowledge SFGFF has the right to copy any submitted material and use images for SFGFF’s non-commercial use. Promotional use may include a segment of any film submitted (max. 3 minutes) being included in radio, TV or video program, or in a cinema trailer for SFGFF.
7. By signing the film entry form, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the General Rules and Terms and Conditions of the San Francisco Green Film Festival.