São Paulo Film Festival

SPFF // São Paulo Film Festival

1st edition

Dec 11 - Dec 11, 2021
São Paulo, Brazil

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, B-Movie, Biography, Comedy, Crime, Culture, Drama, Environmental, Fantastic, Fantasy, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, LGBT, Live Action, Mystery, Nature, Romance, Satire, Science fiction, Social issues, Spiritual, Urban, War

Mission / description São Paulo Film Festival (SPFF) is an independent film festival that takes place in the most frenetic and populous city in Brazil.

SPFF seeks to support and inspire independent short film from all over the world, by a genuine expression that can stimulate new thoughts to the art of cinema. The Festival SPFF is an organization dedicated to the discovery and development of new artists, with visions beyond the border of the imagination that can thrill audiences from all countries.

Different from most festivals. We watch all the films. Our jury is composed mostly by filmmakers.

Shorts, animations and screenplays. Any genre. Total prize 1.000 USD

The festival will take place on December 11 at the Caixa Belas Artes, São Paulo.

São Paulo Film Festival (SPFF) é um festival de cinema independente que ocorre na cidade mais frenética e populosa do Brasil.

SPFF procura apoiar e inspirar curtas independentes de todo o mundo, por uma expressão genuína que pode estimular novos pensamentos para a arte do cinema. O festival SPFF é uma organização dedicada à descoberta e ao desenvolvimento de novos artistas, com visões além da fronteira da imaginação que podem atrair audiências de todos os países.

Diferente da maioria dos festivais. Nós assistimos todos os filmes. Nosso júri é composto principalmente por cineastas.

Curtas, Animação e Roteiros. Todos os gêneros. Total de Prêmios 1000 USD.

O Festival ocorrerá dia 11 de dezembro no Caixa Belas Artes, São Paulo.
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Festival website http://www.saopaulofilmfestival.com.br/

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Class Founded: 2018
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Mar 24, 2018

Early bird deadline: May 14, 2018
Regular deadline: Jun 21, 2018
Late deadline: Oct 31, 2018

Notification date: Nov 20, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 22.88 to 41.17 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 3.82 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 1,000.00 USD
Festival sections
Animation Short Film
(less than 30 minutes) Animation Short category is for films shorter than 30 minutes. A categoria de Curta-Metragem de Animação é para filmes com duração menor de 30 minutos.
Documentary Short Film
(less than 30 minutes) The Documentary Film category is for non-fiction films of less than 30 minutes. A categoria de Filme Documentário é para todo gênero não ficção com duração menor de 30 minutos.
Documentary Short Films
(less than 30 minutes) The Documentary Film category is for non-fiction films of less than 30 minutes. A categoria de Filme Documentário é para todo gênero não ficção com duração menor de 30 minutos.
Screenplay (Written word project)
(Maximum of 30 pages) Written word project. Screenplays may be a maximum of 30 pages, must be in English or Portuguese and must be submitted in proper script format. A Categoria de Roteiro é apenas para roteiros escritos em Português ou Inglês com no máximo de 30 páginas, apresentado no formato de roteiro.
Student Short Film
(less than 30 minutes) This category is only for Student films shorter than 30 minutes. A categoria Curta-Metragem de Estudantes é para apenas Estudantes com duração menor de 30 minutos.
General rules Before you submit your film, please read these Rules and Terms.

By submitting your film into competition in the São Paulo Film Festival (SPFF), you agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules and Terms.
SPFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2016. Submitting your film is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website. All the winning films will receive a certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers.

1. SPFF only accepts digital submissions.
2. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles. With the exception of Portuguese films that do not need subtitles.If your are selected you will need to send english subtitles, even if your film is in English.
3. SPFF is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
4. SPFF reserves the right to refuse entries.
5. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the SPFF, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits and publicity.
6. SPFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the SPFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.
7. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that you are now eligible for the nomination and you can use the festival logo on your poster.
8. An official selection and a nominee will be privately screened for the SPFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
9. All the Best films of each category will receive a digital certificate.
10. All entry fees are non-refundable.
11. We require an official trailer, poster, synopsis and a link to your film. Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.
12. The prizes in cash will only for: Best Narrative Short Film (200 USD); Best Documentary Short Film (200 USD); Best Animated Short Film (200 USD); Best Student Film (200 USD) and Best Short Screenplay (200 USD).
The money will be sent in dollars through PayPal account. If in case, the filmmaker does not pass the PayPal account for a period of 30 days after notification, the winner will lose the right to win the prize. Others Categories like: The Best Director Best Cinematography; The Best Actor; The Best Actress will NOT win prizes. Only SPFF laurel and certificate.
13. SPFF reserves the right to reject any film or screenplay that it contains prohibited content or is offensive, of inappropriate.
14. SPFF may without advance notice amend these Rules and Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall be become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules and Terms.
15. The festival will take place on December 11 at the Caixa Belas Artes. (São Paulo).