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The SAIFF aims to support both emerging and experienced filmmakers.

By creating a breeding place for your work to be reviewed and judged. We provide access to a larger audience through media artistic events.

 

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#SAIFF RETURNS FOR SEASON 2

Bigger and Better than Ever!

#SAINDIEFILMFEST returns for its second year, bigger and better than ever! We have expanded for our 2019 season to feature more award categories, a bigger jury and more fantastic independent film.

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#SAINDIEFILMFEST showcases the very best in local and international short form independent cinema. We include all genres and a wide array of formats from short films, to documentary as well as music videos and VR.

 

#saindiefilmfest
#saindiefilmfest

Everyone involved in the festival, from the organizers to the jury have a heartfelt love for indie film. As independent filmmakers ourselves, we understand the disappointments and thrills that come with the territory. This festival aims to celebrate all the highs, lows, hard work and creativity of indie film-making!                                                    

 

Official Selection
Official Selection

We have expanded for our 2019 season to feature more award categories, a bigger jury and more fantastic independent film.

                                                 

#saindiefilmfest is proudly sponsored by FilmFreeway.

 

Submissions

SAINDIEFILMFEST entrants will share their best works in the most dynamic city in the world.

 

The film competition taking place on 25 May 2019, which will feature the winners of each category . 

The SAIFF will announce the Official Selection, the Nominees for every award one month before the festival.

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Rules & Terms

  • Submissions –

You are entitled to any amount of entries for the festival.

  • Films –

We accept Short Films, Music Videos, Documentaries, submitted to SAIFF should be under 20 minutes, with a minimum length of 1 minute. Music Videos should not be longer than 10 minutes. There are no restrictions on how old your movie is or when it was made.

All genres and formats are considered to be eligible for a nomination or to win one or more of these categories.

Great quality is a standard. Films with a poor production standard (lack of sound quality, absence of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD) will not be accepted.

The winners of each category will get our official printable Award Certificate.

The ‘Best Picture’ Winner will be awarded with our SAIFF Trophy.

The Best Film will consist in 3 Nominations, while the ’Individual’ awards will have at least 3 nominations per category.

The AUDIENCE AWARD will be decided entirely by the public during the Screening Event. The film with the highest amount of votes will be announced at the end of the event, after all the votes will have been counted.

We WILL NOT publish your film on our platform, so we do not require the film to be embedded on our online website, if your film will be accepted in the Official Selection/Competition.

All films must come with English subtitles if not in english (with an exception for music videos and movies where English is the main language spoken). Any genre and format is accepted.

  • The Process –

Winning films will be highlighted and promoted within the platform. Also, being selected for our Screening Event doesn’t prevent you from submitting your film to other festivals as well.

Disclaimer and Rights:

By entering or submitting to South African independent film festival , the participant acknowledges understanding and agreeing to all festival Rules, Terms, Conditions and Guidelines associated with the Festival.

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows SAIFF to create a page for their film without infringing copyright of any kind of form.
If your film won’t get an Official Selection, the entry fee won’t be refunded.

Judges decisions are final. ​


Regular Deadline for entries is March 15! Submit your short film/music video/documentary/VR experience now!
#saindiefilmfest is proudly sponsored by FilmFreeway.

Awards

THE SAIFF AWARDS

#SAIFF promotes films from around the world with 20 awards.

Awards & Prizes

BEST SHORT FILM

AUDIENCE AWARD

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY AN AFRICAN FILMMAKER
Award Certificate

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A WOMAN FILMMAKER
Award Certificate

BEST DIRECTOR
Award Certificate

BEST SCREENWRITER
Award Certificate

BEST ACTOR
Award Certificate

BEST ACTRESS
Award Certificate

BEST EDITOR
Award Certificate

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
Award Certificate

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Award Certificate

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Award Certificate

BEST EXPERIMENTAL
Award Certificate

BEST ANIMATION
Award Certificate

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Award Certificate

BEST VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
Award Certificate

BEST EXPERIMENTAL
Award Certificate

BEST HORROR
Award Certificate

BEST COMEDY
Award Certificate

BEST DRAMA
Award Certificate

 

2018 WINNER PASSION GAP
PASSION GAP

ONCE UPON A PLANET
ONCE UPON A PLANET

Jury

The Jury

JURY ANOUNCEMENT: #saindiefilmfest 2019

Our jury formed of film professionals will review all submitted films from an independent point of view. Seeking creativity, vision, innovative ideas, powerful messages and attention to details, with the aim of discovering projects with the potential to define the direction of contemporary cinema.

Kim Engelbrecht  Actor - The Flash, Dominion
Kim Engelbrecht
Actor – The Flash, Dominion
Siv Ngesi Actor, Comedian, Presenter
Siv Ngesi Actor, Comedian, Presenter
Brandon Auret  Actor - District 9, Blood Drive
Brandon Auret Actor – District 9, Blood Drive
Ross Learmonth  Musician - Prime Circle
Ross Learmonth Musician – Prime Circle
Sean Cameron Michael  Actor - 24, Blood Drive
Sean Cameron Michael Actor – 24, Blood Drive
Ryan Kruger  Director/Actor - Fried Barry
Ryan Kruger Director/Actor – Fried Barry
Actor/Singer Steve Wall
Actor/Singer Steve Wall
Mieke Vlaming Editor - The Widow, Bloodshot
Mieke Vlaming Editor – The Widow, Bloodshot
Jolynn Minnaar  Director - Unearthed
Jolynn Minnaar Director – Unearthed
Fahema Hendricks  Cinematographer
Fahema Hendricks
Cinematographer
Sean Drummond Writer - Five Fingers for Marseilles
Sean Drummond Writer – Five Fingers for Marseilles
Paul Blom  Festival Director - South African HorrorFest
Paul Blom Festival Director – South African HorrorFest

MORE JUDGES TO BE ANNOUNCED