Hacer Encima (16th year)


01 Mar 2018
Call for entries

01 Mar 2018
Early deadline

01 May 2018
Standard deadline

18 Jun 2018
Late deadline

02 Jul 2018
Festival closed

01 Sep 2018
Notification date

10 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018


2683 Via de la Valle, Suite G210,  92014, Del Mar, CA, Spain

Festival description
Short Films 30'<
Feature Films >30'

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2015
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
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Festival start: 10 October 2018      Festival end: 14 October 2018

From wild road-trip comedies to heart-felt dramas, this series of films is comprised of the freshest films from both established and emerging filmmakers.

Based on real life stories, our documentary film section aims to provide a vivid reflection of the world beyond our doors – taking audiences to places they might never have the chance to see, and introducing them to people they will be glad they got to know. In order to be considered, films must be produced after January 1, 2015. To qualify as a Documentary Feature, the submitted project must be a non-fiction film not including entirely scripted or improvised reenactments or fictional depictions of actual events. Documentaries may contain some dramatization of actual events. Films longer than 30 minutes may be considered. If accepted, the Programming Department will ultimately decide which category suits your project best.

The SDFF offers significant cash prizes and hospitality benefits to our visiting filmmakers.

$5,000 Prize for Best Narrative Feature Film
$5,000 Prize for Best Documentary Film
$2,000 Prize for Best Short Film

The SDFF also offers hospitality benefits to our visiting filmmakers:

Filmmaker Benefits
• 2 Filmmaker Badges with full access to all screenings and events
• 5 Complimentary Tickets for the filmmaker's screening
• Filmmaker Brunch including networking with industry professionals
• Discounted accommodations for filmmakers
• Industry-oriented seminars and workshops
• Potential for one-on-one meetings with prominent entertainment industry professionals
• Complimentary admission for some of the leading tourist and cultural attractions in and around San Diego

Each year the Festival includes:
• 100+ films
• 100's of visiting filmmakers and entertainment industry leaders
• Sneak preview premieres of Oscar-worthy studio releases
• A Tribute evening & program to notable cinema actors and filmmakers
• Jury and Audience Awards in a multiple categories
• Multiple screening venues in and around the San Diego area
• Opening Night Premiere & after-party
• Friday Night party in the vibrant Downtown/Gaslamp District
• Saturday Night Filmmaker Awards

Programming spotlights include: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Shorts, Animated Films, World Cinema, Native American, Sports, Military, LGBT, Student, Women Filmmakers, Social Justice, Health, and Environmental Films.

The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to SAN DIEGO FILM FOUNDATION. Entries must be POSTMARKED by the deadline. Submission costs vary depending on category and discounts. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. SDFF will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to SDFF.

The SDFF is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts. The SDFF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. All films must be a minimum of a San Diego Premiere and NO theatrical, cable, television, satellite, DVD, VHS, VOD, internet screenings or availability of any kind in the San Diego region prior to the SDFF dates. Only works completed in 2015 and 2016 are eligible for selection. There is no limit to the number of entries.

All foreign language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration on DVD, BluRay or as an online screener. PAL format will not be accepted. Works in progress will be considered for the SDFF, provided they are completed no later than May 13, 2016. Works in progress will not be screened in the festival. Screening material, press and any application materials sent to SDFF will NOT be returned. If you did not receive a confirmation of submission, please email programming@sdfilmfest.com. All features and documentaries submitted must be available in BluRay and DCP for festival presentation.

The San Diego Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. For a list of competitive categories, please see our Awards page. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.

If selected, the SDFF will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

Although every possible care will be taken with tapes, films, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep the SDFF notified of any address/phone number changes.

The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. The SDFF will not pay the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker. SDFF will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SDFF cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the SDFF office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

Submission of an entry gives the SDFF permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

Films selected for the SDFF will be notified no later than September 1, 2016.



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