2015 San Diego Film Awards

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San Diego Film Awards


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2015 San Diego Film Awards was held on March 6th and 7th at the Horton Grand Theater in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.

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Check out the nominations!

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Check out the student film nominations!

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED for 2014 from both San Diego County and Tijuana Mexico for inclusion in our Winter Film Showcase and consideration for the 2015 San Diego Film Awards.

Check out the 2014 highlights video !


San Diego Film Awards & Winter Film Showcase

General Deadline:  October 1, 2014  (FREE)

Extended Deadline:  November 15, 2014  ($40 fee)

Final Deadline:  December 31, 2014  ($60 fee)

Films received before December 31, 2014 are eligible for screening in the Winter Film Showcase at Museum of Photographic Arts on January 30 and 31st.  (Films already screened at the Fall Film Fest will not be considered for screening unless nominated for a film award.) More info tbd.

Eligibility:  All submissions that are received and released between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 and produced in San Diego County utilizing 80% local cast, crew and locations, are eligible for the 2015 San Diego Film Awards in both student and professional categories!  This year we are also accepting films from Tijuana, MX Films from Tijuana must have been released after 2010 for consideration at the San Diego Film Awards.


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

Round 1 of judging:  January 2015


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.  They are not allowed to vote on their own film.  The average score is then calculated and the films with the highest scores for each award advance to the next round. No more than 5 films will be announced as nominees for any one award.

Round 2 of judging: February 2015


Once the community has brought forward the nominees, now it's time to decide the winners.  80% of our 2015 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.


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