SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2017
Superfest showcases films that explore and celebrate disability as a creative and generative force in film and culture. We screen films for more than 500 people each year and host filmmakers from around the globe. Submit your film today to take part in this impactful international event.
Submissions run from December 1st to February 28th, 2017.
Films must be submitted through a FilmFreeway.com account.
1) Works must be on the subject of disability, feature a prominent disabled character, OR be directed, written and/or produced by a person with a disability.
2) Works must have been produced within the last 10 calendar years (since January 1st, 2007 for entry in Superfest 2017).
3) Entries for Superfest submitted on FilmFreeway on or before 11:59 pst on February 28th, 2017, no exceptions.
Early bird submissions - $20, Deadline is January 15th
General submissions - $40, Deadline is February 28th
Shoe string budget (self distributing and budget less than $10,000) - $20, deadline February 28th
Everyone involved in the Superfest judging process has a disability.
Superfest’s jury is made up of a diverse group of filmographers, disability rights advocates, scholars, community organizers and award-winning creatives. The members of our jury watch the submissions and collaborate to choose Superfest’s diverse lineup and awards based on Superfest's standards of artistry, portrayal of disability and ingenuity.
Superfest's awards honor not just brilliant filmmaking, but advocacy, humor, and the role disability plays in creating cinema.
BEST OF FESTIVAL, FEATURE
The most thought-provoking and impactful full length feature film entered in the festival.
BEST OF FESTIVAL, SHORT
The most outstanding short film entered in the festival.
P.K. WALKER INNOVATION IN CRAFT AWARD
The film with the most innovative use of filmmaking techniques to encourage exploration of the experiences of people with disabilities. This award honors Pamela K. Walkers's contributions to Superfest from 1998 to 2000.
This film best explores issues of concern to the disability community, which may have social, legal, technological or political solutions.
DISABILITY JUSTICE AWARD
A film that explores intersectional topics and best conveys the relationship between disability and the unequal distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.
LIANE YASUMOTO JURY'S CHOICE AWARD
Named for the former festival director Liane Yasumoto, this award is presented to the finalist deemed by the judges to be singularly outstanding film that is not recognized in other award categories.
FREQUENTLY ASKED FILMMAKER QUESTIONS
WHAT IS SUPERFEST?
Superfest: International Disability Film Festival is a juried festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. It celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability culture in all its diverse, complex and empowering facets. We celebrated 30 years of Superfest in 2016 and are proud to be the longest running disability film festival in the world.
IS SUPERFEST ONLY FOR FILMMAKERS, WRITERS, OR PRODUCERS WITH DISABILITIES?
Not at all! If your film features disability, you are eligible to enter. The Disabled Filmmaker award, however, is only open to filmmakers, writers, or producers who have a disability.
WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF WINNING A SUPERFEST AWARD?
Your chances vary each year in relation to how many entries we receive, their quality, and the number of awards available.
The Superfest credo is "art takes risks" and therefore, judging criteria are calibrated to reward creativity more than production budgets. We are looking for memorable work that embodies artistry, technical competence, and content that advances disability culture.
WHO ARE THE JUDGES?
Our judging process takes place in two phases. Phase I judges, all people with disabilities, screen the submissions and determine which films are eligible for the festival. Phase II judges are composed of film aficionados, disability studies scholars, and disability community organizers, who select the final line-up and awards. Every judge is a person with a disability. Learn more on the Judges & Staff page.
WHAT DO I RECEIVE FOR ENTERING SUPERFEST?
If your film is selected, you will receive recognition in communications to our 10,000 person mailing list and on the Superfest website. Your film will be screened at the festival in the fall and at various community screenings throughout the year. Award winners receive a plaque and are eligible for discretionary funding to enable them to attend the festival. You will have the opportunity to participate in a filmmaker panel after your work is screened. Lastly, the winners of the Best of Festival Awards (Feature and Short) will receive cash prizes.
HOW DID YOU DETERMINE YOUR FEE STRUCTURE?
A review of other festivals shows that fees range from $10 to $150 for a 30 minute piece. We have tried to come up with a fee structure that accommodates independent, low-budget producers, but also helps in meeting our costs.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR A SHOE STRING BUDGET DISCOUNT ON FILM SUBMISSION?
We use the honor system. No formal application or budget need be submitted.
WHAT RIGHTS AM I SIGNING AWAY WHEN SIGNING THE CONTRACT RELEASE?
Superfest requires a signed release form for permission to: show your work at our festival, retain your entry for one year if it is selected to screen at the festival, screen at smaller Superfest showcases throughout the year, and to exhibit all or portions of your work for no fee before, during, and after Superfest for the sole purposes of promoting your work and the festival. If any opportunity arises to exhibit your entry in any medium for a fee, Superfest will contact you for approval, whether to waive or negotiate this fee, prior to any exhibit. You will also be required to provide still photos for publicity purposes, and captioning and audio-description for accessibility to the widest possible audience.
IF I ENTERED WORK BEFORE, CAN I ENTER THE SAME WORK AGAIN?
If you previously submitted a work to Superfest, you can enter the same work again, provided it meets the current entry guidelines for the year. However, if your film has already been screened at a prior Superfest, you are not eligible to resubmit.
I AM A LOW-INCOME FILMMAKER, DO YOU HAVE A SUBMISSION FEE?
Yes. Because we are a low-budget film festival, we are unable to completely waive the submission fee. However, we offer a $20 discount to shoestring productions with a budget less than $10,000.
HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY FILM?
Through FilmFreeway, a safe and secure site that manages film festival submissions.
MY FILM ISN'T CAPTIONED OR AUDIO DESCRIBED, CAN I STILL SUBMIT?
Yes, you may submit. However, if your film is chosen, you will be required to provide an updated version with both audio description (for blind attendees) and captions (for deaf and hard-of-hearing). Read here for more information on audio description
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF MY FILM HAS BEEN ACCEPTED?
Acceptances will be announced on June 1st.
CAN I FIND OUT WHY MY FILM WAS REJECTED?
Judging decisions are final. However, all entrants are welcome to request evaluations of their work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2017 to request your evaluations for 2017 submissions.