Sunscreen Film Festival West

Sunscreen Film Festival West // Sunscreen Film Festival West

5th edition

Oct 06 - Oct 08, 2021
Hermosa Beach, CA, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description One of only 23 Film Fests in the country to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences starting in April 2013. Named one of the top 25 film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine and one of the "Coolest Film Festivals" in the U.S.

Filmmakers attending SSFFW 2017 will have access to all festival screenings and workshops, have access to special hospitality areas for filmmakers and industry guests and all VIP parties and events.

The 2016 Sunscreen Film Festival received over seven hundred film submissions. The number of submissions has been growing exponentially each year.

The star studded Sunscreen Film festival has featured such celebrity guests as John Travolta, Ron Perlman, Kelly Preston, Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld), Joe Morton (Termintaor 2, Scandal), Billy Dee Williams, Ed Asner, Patrick Wilson (The Watchmen, Little Children, Hard Candy), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Days of Thunder), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids 1-3), Producers Dave Anderson (The Prince of Egypt), Phil Cooke and Ralph Winter (X-men, Fantastic Four), Chris Wyatt and Sean Covel (Napoleon Dynamite), Esai Morales (La Bamba, Caprica, Criminal Minds) and Screenwriters Dean Batali (That 70's Show), Stephen DeSouza (Die Hard) and celebrity judge, Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons).

In 2014 we had Head of Physical production; Mitchell Bell from Marvel Studios; head of Dreamworks Animation Casting, Christi Soper; Soul Surfer Producer, David Brookwell; Lionsgate Domestic Distribution, Joanna Fang amongst many other professionals. Many writers ranging from Brian Bradley of ABC’s UNCLE BUCK to Industry Veteran Gary Murphy who has credits From HAPPY DAYS, NIGHT COURT, MALCOM IN THE MIDDLE and the EXES.

Make your plans to join us in Hermosa Beach for another spectacular season of films and fun in the sun! Don't forget your Sunscreen!
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Class Founded: 2013
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: May 30, 2017

Early bird deadline: Jun 26, 2017
Regular deadline: Jul 03, 2017
Late deadline: Aug 21, 2017

Notification date: Sep 01, 2017

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Fees Fees range from 27.45 to 54.90 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 5.10 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Best Short Film,Best Documentary,Best Animated Film,Best Director,Best Feature Film,Best Foreign Language Film,Best Web Series,Best Cinematography,Best Actor,Best Actress
General rules GENERAL RULES
1. Productions may be created in any format, but all entries for pre-screening must be in a digital file.
2. Productions must be entered by the primary rights holder or their authorized representative. If you are acting on the behalf of the rights holder of the film, you may be required to furnish proof of authorization.
3. All entries must be in English, dubbed in English or contain on-screen English subtitles. Non-English entries submitted without dubbing or on-screen English subtitles will be automatically disqualified.
4. Entries must be postmarked by the deadline date.
5. Works-in-progress may be accepted for consideration, provided a completed version will be available by August 1, 2016.
6. We do not require, but STRONGLY RECOMMEND providing an "all audiences" trailer for your film in online format. This will greatly increase your chances of being included in potential television promotions for the Festival.
7. For each accepted entry, the Sunscreen Film Festival will allocate up to four (4) filmmaker passes to all festival events. A representative of your film must pick up all passes at check-in.
8. Based upon availability, Sunscreen will arrange lodging or discounts at hotels for filmmakers traveling to the Festival. This is dependent on budget and is provided on a first come, first serve basis.
9. The Sunscreen Film Festival makes every effort to exhibit submitted films in the best possible quality. We only accept digital files for exhibition(except feature films if they choose to send a DVD or Blu-Ray but not required). High-res .mov files under 5 GB in NTSC format. Any technical questions can be directed to


1. Only complete entries (including entry, payment, and media file) will be processed and considered for screening.
2. Entrant's name, address, WAB entry number, and the production's title must be on each disc or case.
3. All entries must be accompanied by the synopsis of the production's content (online on Withoutabox).
4. Films promoting or advertising products or services for "for profit" companies (excluding music videos) will not be given consideration.
5. Entrants will be notified of acceptance into the program by or about August 24, 2016. Sunscreen Film Festival does not guarantee notification for entries that are not accepted for the Festival.
6. Entrant stipulates that they control all rights to the submission and that public exhibition is authorized during the 2016 Sunscreen Film Festival West if the film is accepted to the Festival.
7. If selected, entrant agrees to provide a copy of the film in an approved format for public exhibition no later than Sept 1, 2016.
8. Exhibition copies of subtitled films MUST include "burn-in" subtitles. "Player generated" subtitles are not acceptable.
9. If the Entrant wishes to decline acceptance to the Sunscreen Film Festival, it must be provided in writing no later than Sept 1, 2016.
10. There are no refunds of submission fees.
11. If your film is selected for screening, entrants will be required to immediately supply a press kit for promotional purposes consisting of A) an approved story synopsis of less than 150 words B) at least one photograph of a scene in the film for our Program Guide and C) a brief statement about the film from a key member of the creative team. These materials should be provided digitally with artwork or photos in a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. We do not require but appreciate any additional publicity material that is available (posters, postcards, etc.) and a complete credit list. These materials cannot be returned.
12. Participants agree that all materials related to their film (including excerpts of the film) may be published for any promotional purpose related to the Sunscreen Film Festival West, including the Festival Program, Festival Web Site, and any local or national media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently or in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Sunscreen Film Festival West.
13. Productions must be entered by the primary rights holder or their authorized representative. If you are acting on the behalf of the rights holder of the film, you may be required to furnish proof of authorization.
14. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Sunscreen Film Festival West 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, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.