Named for renowned director George Sidney, longtime supporter of the SLOIFF and indie filmmakers during his lifetime, this film competition is growing fast! Thanks to filmmakers from all over the world submitting exciting new films of all genres, lengths and subject matter, the SLOIFF is able to offer to its audiences a wide variety of contemporary, thought-provoking cinema and over 85% filmmaker attendance at their screenings. Great scenery, friendly, intelligent audiences, industry reps and wonderful hotels await you in beautiful San Luis Obispo. We hope to screen your film here in March 2016!
Entries will be accepted for consideration for the 2016 George Sidney Independent Film Competition beginning on June 22, 2015. Select filmmakers will be invited to present their films before a festival audience, March 15-20, 2016.
Films will compete in several categories:
- Best Full-length Narrative Film (45 min.+) – Cash Prize $1000
- Best Full-length Documentary (45 min.+) – Cash Prize $1000
- Best Short Film (under 45 min.) – Cash Prize $500
- Best College Student Film (any length) – Cash Prize $500
Competition films will also be eligible for Audience Awards in three categories: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film and Best in Fest (any length.) Best in the Fest award is a weekend resort package at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach.
Submissions in all categories must be received by November 15, 2015. The extended late submission deadline is November 30, 2015. Absolutely no late submissions will be considered after this date.
For specific contest rules for The Filmmakers of Tomorrow competition for high school, middle and primary school students (not college students), please click here: Youth Contest Rules. Submissions for this competition should be entered directly to the SLOIFF and there is no entry fee.
Filmmakers with films that were produced, directed or written by residents in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Monterey counties are invited to submit their films through Withoutabox, for a discounted entry fee, for possible screening in the Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase. The same film cannot be entered in the George Sidney Independent Film Competition however. A separate set of jurists will choose a selection of films to be screened as “local” films. If the “local” film is entered in the George Sidney Independent Film Competition it will be judged by the SLOIFF Programming Committee along with all other entries from around the world.