17th San Francisco Documentary Festival 2018

From May 31, 2018 until June 14, 2018


I understand that submission of my work authorizes the San Francisco Documentary Festival to use the work for exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes related to the festival; that the Festival will handle the prints and tapes with a maximum of care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview, or screening; and that the Festival is also not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

SF DocFest will never publish your film online under any circumstances.

Any feature or short no more then 18 months old is eligible for consideration.
Screenplays in every genre, budget, and theme are invited to compete.

Films: Audience Awards, Jury Prize

Screenplays: 1st, 2nd place prizes for both shorts and features

1st and 2nd Place Screenplay Winners
Winners receive a Delegate Badge to the Festival, a staged reading of two scenes from the script, Recognition at the festival's Screenwiriter Party. Print and media coverage; Name inclusion in Festival program materials as a competition finalist.

Short Documentary

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Feature Documentary

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.


This Festival was founded in 2001

SF DocFest is an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema. Since 2001, this two week-long event has brought the most weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the big screen.

“Docfest offers a zippy blend of politics, music, social issues and youth-oriented subcultures. The good news is that DocFest promotes documentaries as a vibrant, irreverent form of entertainment to a younger demographic, blasting the notion of educational films to smithereens. There’s no room for anything approximating — watch it, I’m about to blaspheme – the obsessively measured and utterly somnambulant musings of Ken Burns.” – Michael Fox, KQED


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