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Introduction to the film festival

The San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival founded in 2010, is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization film festival approved by the U.S. federal government that has nothing to do with any political or religious tendencies. Since its founding, the Film Festival has provided an international platform for academics, professional film and television enterprises/institutions, independent filmmaking groups, individuals, novices, and students who are passionate about filmmaking to emerge, develop new concepts and new ideas. The United States San Francisco is one of the worlds major film and television birthplace, so that from all over the world outstanding film talent gathered here once a year, in order to jointly promote the new development of future films to develop ideas and active practice is the purpose of the festival. Sfilmmaker is our contract submission platform in China, and we look forward to your films.

Awards

Best Film Award、Best Documentary Film Award、Best Short Film Award、Best Animated Film Award、Best Director Award、Best Actor Award、Best Actress Award、Best Student Creative Award、Most popular video (online audience vote)、Best V short video 

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others Documentary
Subject :Unlimited
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP MOV MPEG
• Film Evaluate 1. Preliminary evaluation: a.Submitted films are divided into categories and being viewed and graded by the primary Judge Group. Non-English films need to add English subtitles. b.The optional online vote for the public audience for the “Audience Award”. c. Expert Judge Committee final review and grading. d. Judges vote per quality of 1)Story 2)Performance 3)Director’s Vision 4)Cinematography 5) Production Design 6)Sound Design 7)Editing 2. The system of evaluation Online viewers’ grading (20%), Judge Committee’s grading (80%) to the final stage. The film committee will issue award certificates to the best and most popular films. 

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile
Sean Au Sean Au is a veteran reporter at KTSF Channel 26. Prior to joining KTSF, Sean has worked as an international television news reporter and producer for about 10 years. Most recently, he was part of a core group of reporters who helped MediaCorp News launched Channel NewsAsia, an English news channel based in Singapore. Sean was the crime and courts beat reporter and had covered Southeast Asia’s efforts in the international war against terror. He later co-produced and co-directed documentaries in China’s Beijing, Shandong, Guangdong, Xinjiang and Hong Kong for National Geographic Channel and Discovery Networks Asia. Sean graduated from Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s film program and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with Australia’s RMIT University. Sean’s “Screening Room” segment in the news program has been critiquing movies for US Bay Area viewers since 2007. He is also the first Asian film critic from the US Bay Area to be inducted into the prestigious Broadcast Film Critics’ Association, Home of the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Nicolás P. Villarreal Nicolás P. Villarreal was born and raised in La Plata, Argentina. He studied at the Escuela of Animacion y Cinematografía de Avellaneda where he earned a degree in 2D Animation. While studying animation he was taken under the wing of Miguel Alzugaray, a well-known fine artist from Argentina. He continued studying animation and fine art painting until he entered the Master’s Program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Villarreal graduated with honors in the Spring of 2002, and since then he has been working as a traditional animator, character designer, sculptor and Visual Development artist for films and video games including Walt Disney Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Jim Henson Studios, Sega, Digital Domain and Amazon Studios among others. He has given presentations at Pixar Animation Studios, Stanford University and several universities in South America and Europe as well as a TEDx talk. Nicolás is the co-founder of Red Clover Studios as well as the Director of the Visual Development Department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he shares his experience with his students. Nicolás P. Villarreal – IMDb”.
Keith Howell Keith Howell has been an editor/publisher in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan and United States. He has been involved with magazines in science (Physics Teacher, Technical Education, Oceans), travel (Hong Kong Guide, Sawasdee), fashion (SF Moda), environment and culture (Whale, Pacific Discovery, California Wild, Napa Valley)and has contributed articles to many more. His publications have won many awards, including Best West Coast Magazine (Oceans). He is the author of East Asia Guide and Brush of the Cat. Howell has been a consultant and lead judge with the selection committee for the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. He is also a world traveler, often learning the culture by working as an English teacher in many of the countries he visits. He has a Master’s degree from Edinburgh University.

Authorization type

    Contract

Duration (several sessions)

    10

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Trophy
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2022-09-07
    Submission start time

  • 2022-12-31
    Earlybird Special

  • 2023-03-31
    Early Deadline

  • 2023-05-31
    Regular Deadline

  • 2023-06-30
    Late Deadline

  • 2023-07-31
    Extended Deadline

  • 2023-09-05
    Final Late Extension

  • 2023-09-05
    Submission end time

  • 2023-10-05
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2023-10-05
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2023-11-15
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2023-11-19
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • Short Film Unit
    Video length :1 - 59
    Short narrative movie (TRT within 59 min.) Short documentary (TRT within 59 min.) Short Screenwriting Contest (2 to 590 Min, PDF format, in English or Chinese) Short Animation (2D, 3D) (TRT within 59 min) MTV-Music Video (Maximum 5 min.) Commercial (Maximum 2 min.)

    2022/12/31
    Earlybird Special

    Standard: 40 Dollar

    Student: 30 Dollar

    2023/03/31
    Early Deadline

    Standard: 50 Dollar

    Student: 37.5 Dollar

    2023/05/31
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 60 Dollar

    Student: 45 Dollar

    2023/06/30
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 70 Dollar

    Student: 52.5 Dollar

    2023/07/31
    Extended Deadline

    Standard: 80 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

    2023/09/05
    Final Late Extension

    Standard: 100 Dollar

    Student: 75 Dollar

  • Feature Film Unit
    Video length :60 - 120
    Feature Film (TRT between 60 min to 120 min) Documentary (TRT between 60 min to 120 min) Animation (TRT 60 min to 120 min) Musical Feature (TRT between 60 min to 120 min) Screenwriting Contest (For a 60 to 120 Min film, PDF format, in English or Chinese)

    2022/12/31
    Earlybird Special

    Standard: 50 Dollar

    Student: 37.5 Dollar

    2023/03/31
    Early Deadline

    Standard: 70 Dollar

    Student: 52.5 Dollar

    2023/05/31
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 80 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

    2023/06/30
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 90 Dollar

    Student: 67.5 Dollar

    2023/07/31
    Extended Deadline

    Standard: 100 Dollar

    Student: 75 Dollar

    2023/09/05
    Final Late Extension

    Standard: 120 Dollar

    Student: 90 Dollar

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