Submissions for 2022 Are Closed.

Submissions for 2022 are closed!

About Submitting

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 72 degree weather (each October) in the heart of Silicon Valley and you have the San Jose International Short Film Festival, now in it’s 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, style with run times from 60 seconds, up to 30 minutes in length.

This year we will have an expanded focus on animation, with blocks 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.

New 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.

Last year we were honored to initiate the JAMES GUNN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARD, which we are proud to announce will continue again this year. The Top Ten films as determined by our Jury pool and the Head of Programming, will be featured in special screenings, plus each of those 10 films will be screened by James Gunn himself. He will then personally select the film that will be awarded his namesake award. (All films submitted are eligible.)

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 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.

Join us for over 150 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. 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 October 2021.

Rules & Terms

All films must be a min 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.

Dates & Deadlines:
  • February 25th, 2022
    Earlybird Deadline
  • May 13th, 2022
    Regular Deadline
  • June 10th, 2022
    Late Deadline
  • July 5th
    Extended Deadline
  • August 6th, 2022
    Notification Date
  • October 6-9, 2022
    Event Date
  • Best Short Film
  • James Gunn Independent
    Filmmaker Award
  • Best Comedy Short
  • Best Animation
  • Best Documentary
  • Audience Awards Winner
Categories and Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline
  • Regular Deadline
  • Late Deadline
  • Extended Deadline
Accepted Formats
  • DCP (final submission)
  • DNxHD
  • ProRes
  • DPX
  • Other Professional Formats

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