San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival

To encourage New Filmmakers


San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival-SFNCFF is a US government approved 501(C) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Provide an international platform for all film lovers, professional filmmakers and film/media students who love film-making to stand out.

Discover and select potential talents with new technique & skills, who demonstrate original concept and accelerate their development within the film industry.

Encourage new filmmakers especially young and first-time filmmakers for their new productions. Encourage and celebrate original and insightful screenwriting and new ideas in film. Accept films in all categories and subject matter.

Make friends and enhance communication through films.

The 7th SFNCFF Festival Schedule

October 28, 2020 to November 1, 2020

The 7th SFNCFF will be held on Oct. 28th to Nov. 1st, 2020

1. The Selected Film Screening (Free Admission):

10/28/20, Wed. 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

10/29/20, TH. 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

10/30/20, Fri. 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

at San Francisco General public library, 100 Larkin St., SF, CA 94102

2. The Award Ceremony on 11/1/20, Sunday (Tickets required)

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Red Carpet

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Award Ceremony

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Dinner Reception

at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave, SF, CA 94102.

Conditions of entry & fees:

* Website entry: or Please catch the Early Bird Deadline:

Submission Requirement

a. Originality

b. Theme: Optimistic Creative Proactive

c. Genre

Feature Film (TRT between 60 min to 120 min)

Documentary (TRT between 60 min to 120 min)

Animation (TRT 60 min to 120 min)

Screenwriting For Feature (60 to 120 Pages, PDF format, English or Chinese)

Short narrative movie (TRT under 59 min.)

Short documentary (TRT under 59 min.)

Screenwriting For Shorts (2 to 59 Pages, PDF format, English or Chinese)

Short Animation (2D, 3D) (TRT under 60 min)

Music Video (Maximum 5 min.)

Commercial (Maximum 2 min.)

Video Bloger

d. Format of Submission_ Digital Link

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2020

We accept digital submissions only. Entry on the website: or through or Links of Vimeo, YouTube or Youku for film entry are accepted.

• Channels of submission

  1. Register at the festival’s official website:

  2. Submit films online or through or

3. Recommendations by experts and film committee. Filmmakers still need to register online.

4. Register through related film schools, and submit films online.

• Contest system

1. The contest is organized and supervised by the film festival committee.

2. Committee divisions:

Website group, promotion group, works collecting group, accounting group, contest group, judge group.

• Film Evaluation

1. Preliminary evaluation

a. Submitted films are divided by categories and being viewed and graded by the primary Judge Group.

b. Optional online vote for public audience for “Audience Award”.

c. Expert Judge Committee final review and grading.

d. Judges vote per quality of:

1) Story

2) Performance

3) Director’s Vision

4) Cinematography

5) Production Design

6) Sound Design

7) Editing

2. The system of evaluation

Online viewers’ grading (20%), Judge Committee’s grading (80%) to final stage. The film committee will issue award certificates to the best and most popular films.

* Awards ceremony(November 1, 2020, Sunday)

Award announcement and ceremony.

• Awards Category:

Best Picture Award (Feature Film)

Best Documentary Award

Best Short Narrative Film Award

Best Short Documentary Award

Best Commercial Award

Best Music Video Award

Best Animation Award

Best Director Award

Best Screenwriting Award

Best Short Screenwriting Award

Best Cinematography Award

Best Editing Award

Best Sound Effect Award

Best Music Score Award

Best Action Design Award

Best Leading Actor Award

Best Leading Actress Award

Best Supporting Actor Award

Best Supporting Actress Award

Best Student Film Award

Best Student Talent Award

Best Humanity Award

Most Popular Film Award (Audience Award)

Best Video Bloger Award

Excellent Awards in different categories.

Note:Each winner will receive a certificate & a trophy. The final decision is made by the Festival Committee.