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.
#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.
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!
The film competition taking place on 25 May 2019, which will feature the winners of each category .
You are entitled to any amount of entries for the festival.
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.
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.
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.
#SAIFF promotes films from around the world with 20 awards.
Awards & Prizes
BEST SHORT FILM
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A BLACK FILMMAKER
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A WOMAN FILMMAKER
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
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.
MORE JUDGES TO BE ANNOUNCED