Frequently Asked Questions

We are a small staff working hard to do a lot for our community with limited resources.  It's hard for us to get back to every request but we still want you to get involved in the community and get the word out about the awesome work YOU are doing.
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Looking for job opportunities or to get involved as an intern, volunteer or to trade services in the film community?
1.  Attend our events with your business card, demo reel, flyer or headshot in hand
2. Sign up for our Film Directory and add a picture!
3. Watch out for opportunities on our Filmwire and respond professionally!
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Looking for talent or crew?  Hiring?  Need a volunteer or an Intern?   
1. Post your job opportunity, casting call or crew call to "Filmwire" and we'll do our best to share it with our social media.
2. Search our Film Directory for great local talent that's ready to help!
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Have a new film coming out you want to talk about?  An Indiegogo campaign?  A Call for Submissions for your Film Festival?  Or other local film related news?
1. Post your press release or blog to "Filmwire" and we'll highlight it on the FRONT PAGE!
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Want to network and meet new people?

1. Attend other live events and screenings.
2.  Get to work and respond to some ads on Filmwire!  Best way to get involved is to start making films with us!
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Do you want to be considered for the San Diego Film Awards and our local film screenings?
Submissions are made through this link.
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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 during the Fall Film Fest or Winter Film Showcase.

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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.

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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.

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How are San Diego Film Awards Judged?

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

Round 1 of judging:  January

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

PROFESSIONAL JUDGING ROUND

Once the community has brought forward the nominees, now it's time to decide the winners.  80% of our 2016 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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