2015 Fall Film Festival

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Submissions are closed for the Fall Film Festival.

 

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2nd Annual Fall Film Festival

The 2nd Annual Fall Film Festival will be held from November 13-15 at the Ultra Star Mission Valley Cinemas-Hazard Center. This state of the art, recently renovated theater will bring our film festival to a new level!

NOVEMBER 13-15 @ UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas

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Tickets:  $12 per program in advance, LIMITED TICKETS ARE $15 at the door, PLEASE buy your tickets in advance!

$40 Full Weekend Pass (in advance only)
San Diego's film industry is growing, producing hundreds of films on a yearly basis. The San Diego Fall Film Festival will showcase the best of San Diego produced narrative films, documentaries, music videos and animations being produced on student, independent and professional levels.

San Diego talent, locations, stories and creativity will be on display for all of San Diego to enjoy.

This will also showcase many of the films and filmmakers that will be under consideration for the 2016 San Diego Film Awards.

Held at the newly rennovated State of the Art Theater at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas!


Schedule



Friday, November 13th

7:00 PM:  Red Carpet Pre-reception

7:30 PM:  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Screening

9:15 PM:  Q&A with Filmmakers

10 PM:  Afterparty

Late Night Screening

Friday, November 13th

9:45 PM:  Red Carpet Pre-reception

10:15 PM:  Film Consortium "Late Night" Screening

12:00  AM:  Q&A with Filmmakers

Our first ever Film Consortium "Late Night" Screening.  This Screening is Rated R for language, violence and sexual content.


Saturday, November 14th Screening 1

4:30 PM:  Red Carpet Pre-reception

5:00 PM:  Drama Screening 1

6:45 PM:  Q&A with Filmmakers


Saturday, November 14th Screening 2

7:00 PM:  Red Carpet Pre-reception

7:30 PM:  Drama Screening 2

9:15 PM:  Q&A with Filmmakers

10:00 PM:  Afterparty


Sunday, November 15th

4:30 PM:  Red Carpet Pre-reception

5:00 PM:  Comedy Screening

6:45 PM:  Q&A with filmmakers

7:00 PM:  Awards

7:30 PM:  Afterparty


 



 

2016 AWARD CATEGORIES

Best Horror/Sci Fi/ Thriller (1st and 2nd place)

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Best Comedy/ Romance (1st, 2nd)

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Best Drama  (1st, 2nd)

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Audience Choice Awards (1st)

Audience choice awards will be announced for each individual program in the festival

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Best Trailer  (1st)

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San Diego “A-List” Acting Awards

This award goes to San Diego's most active and sought-after actors.

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A List Actors have a minimum of two leading and/or supporting roles in films screened at the Fall Film Festival.  

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All films accepted into the Fall Film Festival are also eligible for the San Diego Film Awards happening on April 3, 2016.    Submissions for the 2016 San Diego Film Awards are still open.  Submit your work here.

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Judging FAQ's

How do you select the films that will screen? 

An advisory team reviews all the submissions and scores them based on three criteria:

Sound Quality, Production Value and Story/Script.

Films with the highest scores are selected for screenings until all time slots are filled.  64% of submitted films were included in this years selections.

Who chooses the winners of the Fall Film Festival Awards?

Judges include film festival programmers, film educators and professors, film critics and experienced film producers.  Multiple judges watch the nominated films and vote on the winners. The films with the most votes for the respective categories will win the award.  Ties are not allowed and will be passed on to additional judges to break the tie.

Judges should have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Film/Video Production teacher with at least two years of experience at a college/university level
  • Judge for established film/video/film festival competitions for at least 2 years.
  • Producer/Director with at least 1 award and at least 10 years of experience producing films/commercials/tv episodes.
  • Film Festival programmer for film festivals with at least 2 year of experience.
  • MFA or other advanced degree in film, video, broadcast or related field.

80% of our 2016 judges live outside of San Diego and are not connected directly to filmmakers, cast or crew in our region.

How do I know if my film is still under consideration for the San Diego Film Awards?

Films Screened during the Fall Film Fest and Winter Film Showcase remain in consideration for the San Diego Film Awards. Additional films may remain in consideration at the discretion of the Advisory team even if there is not time to screen the film at one of the screening events.  After this, about 60% of submitted films remain under consideration for San Diego Film Awards

How are San Diego Film Awards Judged?

Our judging model is a hybrid of community and professional voting.

Round 1 of judging:  January 2016

COMMUNITY JUDGING ROUND

The community judging round is invaluable as it allows our film community to be the judge of what the "best" films are in our own community. Nominations for the film awards are decided during this round.

Filmmakers who produced the films are invited to attend a community screening of the films  (2 attendees per film).  Filmmakers view a batch of films and are asked to nominate films for awards based on established criteria.  They can nominate as many or as few films for each individual award.  They are not allowed to vote on their own film.  The average score is then calculated and the highest scoring films advance to the next round.  No more than 5 films will receive nominations for any one award.

Round 2 of judging: February 2016

PROFESSIONAL JUDGING ROUND

Once the community has brought forward the nominees, now it's time to decide the winners. 80% of our  judges live outside of San Diego and are not connected directly to filmmakers, cast or crew in our region.

Judges include film festival programmers, film educators and professors, film critics and experienced film producers.  Multiple judges watch the nominated films and vote on the winners. The films with the most votes for the respective categories will win the award.  Ties are not allowed and will be passed on to additional judges to break the tie.

Why do you give out awards twice in the same year (at the Fall Film Fest and San Diego Film Awards)?

The Fall Film Fest gives out genre based awards and submissions do not need to be released during that calendar year.  The San Diego Film Awards gives out very specific skill based awards and overall awards like "Best Film."  We felt that there is little overlap between those types of awards.

Who gets San Diego A-List Acting Awards?

San Diego A-List Acting Awards go to Actors who have at least 2 films accepted into the Fall Film Fest where they have a supporting or leading role.  This shows that they are working hard, earning solid roles, and involved in high production value films.  We want to celebrate their success and acknowledge their hard work with this award.