San Antonio Film Festival

San Antonio Film Festival
8452 Fredericksburg Rd., PMB #264
San Antonio, United States

Tel: 210/885-5888

2018, Finished
Wed 1st Aug to Sun 5th Aug

Festival Overview

The 24th Annual San Antonio Film Festival presented by SAFILM starts August 1-5, 2018 and is already accepting submissions. Visit!

The 24th annual San Antonio Film Festival is the largest festival in South Texas. SAFILM has a strong reputation with an amazing lineup of narrative, animation, documentary and experimental shorts and features to provide an inviting platform for independent cinema and filmmakers in San Antonio. It’s the second year of our cash prizes screenwriting competition and of our Children's Film Festival. February 23, ​2018 for the regular deadline, March 30, ​2018 , for the late deadline and April 27, 201​8, for the extended deadline. The reputable event attracts artists from Hollywood and all over the world. Filmmaker lounge & parties every night. Festival Dates August 1-5 in the heart of downtown San Antonio at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more, please visit
Festival is looking for narrative, animation, documentary, or experimental shorts or features. This year we have 4 categories; National/International, Area San Antonio, College and High School.

SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival brings independent films and film industry professionals to San Antonio from across the nation and around the world, nurturing filmmakers of all ages and increasing appreciation of the arts through cinema for local audiences and guests to San Antonio. They work hard to capture the creative spark and sizzle of the Alamo City with screenings at the historic Pearl Brewery and spectacular after-parties in the heart of Southtown and downtown San Antonio to offer a variety of experiences that showcase all the unique cultural offerings our city offers.

The film festival accepts films from artists at every level – and provides arenas for student competitions at high school and college levels to work from seasoned industry pros. Both aspiring and veteran filmmakers get to present their work in a friendly, competitive and energizing environment.

A special feature of this film festival is the emphasis on education and mentoring. Free workshops to educate new filmmakers about how to succeed in the business, about acting, writing, directing and marketing indies and practical information about legal issues and how to get funding are a huge part of SAFILM every year – and SAFILM finds qualified industry pros to share their wisdom. Festival panels cover past success stories, with script to screen advice. Because the staff is comprised of filmmakers themselves, SAFILM understands the importance in educating about all aspects of filmmaking.

With SOLD OUT SCREENINGS, SPONSORED AFTER-PARTIES, and STRONG COMMUNITY SUPPORT, the San Antonio Film Festival is still grassroots -- but recognized as the place to find the newest talent.

Another huge plus: This is an affordable film festival - SAFILM works with the top local hotels for special rates for our guests, so attendees can take advantage of DISCOUNTED FESTIVAL HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS within walking distance of our busiest venues.

Join us in August and kickstart your summer in San Antonio with SAFILM.



Creating connections and providing opportunities is just a small part of SAFILM's mission. The San Antonio Film Festival, an accessible and inclusive platform for cinema artists strives to elevate and edify audiences as well.

SAFILM is a platform for filmmakers to express the full diversity of their cinematic voices. Aspiring and veteran filmmakers get the opportunity to present their work in a competitive, energizing environment.

SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival showcases independent films from around the world. We nurture, foster and develop filmmakers of all ages. Filmmakers of all ages from every corner of the globe participate every year.


Adventure Animation Art-house Black Black Comedy Comedy Documentary Drama Horror Independent Political Romance Science Fiction Student Teen

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Open to the public


SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival is already accepting submissions for all categories of the 2017 San Antonio Film Festival. Save money by submitting early through filmfreeway, where you can find the actual entry fees for each deadline:
• Nov. 10, 2017 (Early Bird)
• February 23, ​2018 (Regular)
• March 30, 2018 (Late Deadline)
• April 27, 201​8 (Extended Late Deadline)

Be part of the 2018 SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival and take advantage of one of the most accessible and inclusive platforms for cinema artists in the seventh largest city in the U.S.

Short films and feature presentations in the narrative, animation, documentary, or experimental style are welcome. The San Antonio Film Festival will give these awards this year.

1. Grand Prize
2. Jury Prize for Best Performance
3. Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short
4. Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short
5. Jury Prize for best Historical Documentary
6. Jury Prize for Best Animated Short
7. Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
8. Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
9. Best College Filmmaker
10. Best High School Filmmaker
11. Best San Antonio Filmmaker

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2017 Deadlines
• Nov. 10, 2017 (Early Bird) $25 Entry Fee
• February 23, ​2018 (Regular) $35 Entry Fee
• March 30, ​2018 (Late Deadline) $75 Entry Fee
• April 27, 201​8 (Extended Late Deadline) $90 Entry Fee

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