Santa Cruz Film Festival Announces its Call for Entries

Now in its tenth year, the Festival seeks films and videos that explore and creatively express an awareness and appreciation of the human condition, individual self-exploration, and eco-humanitarianism… and some that are just plain fun.

Santa Cruz Film Festival Announces its Call for Entries

Press Release from Santa Cruz Film Festival

Santa Cruz, CA, September 1, 2010 - The Santa Cruz Film Festival (SCFF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of moving image arts in California’s Greater Monterey Bay Area, announces the call for entries for its tenth season, May 5-14, 2011.  One of the largest and most prominent cultural events in the Central Coast, SCFF is committed to showcasing new moving image art from around the globe, and blending it with one-of-a-kind interactive experiences featuring local artists, dancers and other live performers.

Films and videos of all lengths and formats completed after January 1, 2010 are eligible for submission and consideration including Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Student, and Youth-produced works.

The Festival is also proud to continue the tradition of the former EarthVision International Environmental Film Festival, whose operations SCFF assumed control of in 2008.  Through the films and events of the EarthVision Environmental Film section, SCFF seeks to raise consciousness about environmental issues, educate people and mobilize support and action.  The EarthVision Environmental Film section features an Audience Award and a Jury Prize.

Submit online via Withoutabox or download the application from the Festival's website.  The deadline for submissions is February 11, 2011, with an early bird discount for entries postmarked by November 19, 2010.  Discounted entry fees are also available for works submitted by Santa Cruz and Monterey County filmmakers, students, youth filmmakers (under 18), and entries submitted into EarthVision.

Honoring today's most creative independent moving image artists, SCFF presents Audience Awards for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Animated Work, Experimental Work, Student-Produced Work, Youth-Produced Work, and Locally-Produced Work.  Jury Prizes are awarded in the Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Emerging Filmmaker and EarthVision Environmental Film categories.

Director of Programming Julian Soler commented, "Over the past nine years, the Santa Cruz Film Festival has celebrated the talent and creativity of film and video artists from around the world and right here at home.  Each year the quality of this work has improved and, for our 10th anniversary, we look forward to receiving and considering the best work we’ve seen yet."

About the Santa Cruz Film Festival

Since 2002, the Santa Cruz Film Festival has celebrated innovative and original filmmaking in and for the Greater Monterey Bay community.  Over the past nine years, SCFF has screened over 1,100 independent films and videos including over 180 locally-produced works to nearly 95,000 enthusiastic and dedicated film lovers, generating over $1 million in revenue for Santa Cruz.

Whether fact or fiction, commercial or avant-garde, live action or animation, the Santa Cruz Film Festival celebrates the diverse art of talented filmmakers.  SCFF presents artists who create films and videos in all genres from around the world in one of the most thought-provoking, entertaining, fun-filled, educational regional film festivals in the country.  The Festival has been proud to not only showcase new creative talents, but to also provide an interactive experience where filmmakers, musicians, performers, artists and the community can come together to share their art and ideas and to have an enlightening and fun time.

The Santa Cruz Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The tax identification number is 30-0053845.  Donations are tax-deductible.  Visit our website for more information: www.santacruzfilmfestival.org

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