The Film Consortium San Diego is a social venture that stimulates film and television production in the region and increases networking, employment, education, funding and distribution opportunities in film, television and new media.  The Film Consortium holds the Fall Film Festival,  San Diego Film Awards, Winter Film Showcase, Summer at the Drive-in and various other screening and networking events.  Visit us at


Calling all graphic designers!   We are having a CONTEST to design the logo for our first ever San Diego Film Week, being held Feb 10-17th, 2017!

Deadline:  September 15th, 2016

PRIZE:  $200 and your logo will represent San Diego Film Week 2017 on all marketing material.

Film Consortium San Diego, producer of the upcoming first-ever San Diego Film Week (Feb 10-17, 2017), is thrilled to announce its first Logo Design Competition. This is your opportunity to create an iconic and timeless logo that will be used in all of Film Week's marketing and promotional materials.

The winning logo will successfully represent a sense of community, film, san diego and fun. Additionally, the judges will be looking for entries that have strong aesthetics, symbology, transcendence, and functionality.

You can enter up to 3 files per submission.

There is no entry fee.


The competition is open to San Diego based artists and graphic designers only.


A panel of judges (composed of artists, graphic designers, and arts educators) will vote on the winning poster and finalists.

• Top Prize: $200 USD and Spotlight at San Diego Film Week

• 4 Finalists: 2 passes to San Diego Film Week

Four finalists to be announced by September 20th. The winner will announced by September 10th.

$ 2.00 - 25.00
Now Accepting LOCAL FILMS, MUSIC VIDEOS and COMMERCIALS from STUDENT and PROFESSIONAL/INDEPENDENT filmmakers for the first-ever San Diego Film Week!  

San Diego Film Week is a week-long celebration of local film and is replacing the Film Consortium "Fall Film Festival" and "Winter Film Showcase"!  It is
 being held Feb 10-17th, 2017 at the Museum of Photographic Arts and other locations across San Diego County.

San Diego Film Week highlights:
  • Locally Produced Films Showcase
  • Audience Choice Awards
  • Genre Based Awards in Drama, Horror and Comedy Categories
  • A-List Acting Awards
  • Live Announcement of 2017 San Diego Film Awards Nominations
  • Workshops and Panels
  • Kickoff Party and Closing Awards Ceremony

San Diego Film Awards: April 2, 2017 at the Music Box in Little Italy

  • Academy Awards Style Awards Show
  • Red Carpet
  • Exciting Pre-reception
  • Guest Stars and Presenters
  • Televised Event

  • Films produced after January 1, 2013 are eligible for inclusion in San Diego Film Week.  
  • Locally produced films released after January 1, 2016 are ALSO eligible for San Diego Film Awards when submitted for San Diego Film Week. 
  • We are also accepting "Oldies but Goodies" , locally produced films that were released prior to January 1, 2013.



Narrative Shorts (under 45 minutes)
Documentary Shorts (under 45 minutes)
Documentary Features (over 45 minutes)
Narrative Features (over 45 minutes)
Commercials (30 or 60 seconds)
PSA's (30 or 60 seconds)
Music Videos (under 5 minutes)
Art/Experimental Films (under 45 minutes)
Trailers (under 3 minutes)
Webisodes (any length)
TV Shows (under 60 minutes)
Animation (any length)
Oldies but Goodies (any length)


Narrative Shorts (under 45 minutes)
Documentary Shorts (under 45 minutes)
Commercials (30 or 60 seconds)
PSA's (30 or 60 seconds)
Music Videos (under 5 minutes)


SAN DIEGO FILM WEEK ELIGIBILITY:  Films released after January 1, 2013 and produced in San Diego county utilizing 80% cast, crew and locations from San Diego are eligible for the 2017 San Diego Film Week.

Films released between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 and produced in San Diego County utilizing 80% cast, crew and locations from San Diego are eligible for the 2017 San Diego Film Awards in both student and professional categories.

STUDENT FILMS ELIGIBILITY: Student films must have been produced for an official college level or high school level class or workshop in order to be eligible for awards in student category.

Students filmmakers can compete with professional films.  They can be submitted to either the professional/independent or student category but not both.

We love recognizing and awarding talent! We have various opportunities to win awards and be recognized for your work.


Best Comedy
Best Horror/Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller
Best Drama
Best Sketch Comedy/Webisode
A-List Acting Award
Audience Choice Awards
Screenwriting Competition
Best Trailer
Best Animated Film
Best "Oldie but Goodie"


Narrative Short Film
Best Narrative Short
Best Direction
Best Original Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Musical Score
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hair
Best Visual Effect
Best Production Design
Best Stunt Choreography
Spirit of San Diego
Best Actor (in a leading role)
Best Actress (in a leading role)
Best Actor (in a supporting role)
Best Actress (in a supporting role)
Best Ensemble Cast
FCSD PLUS Member's Choice Award

Feature Film
Best Narrative
Best Documentary 

Best Animated film

Music Video
Best Music Video

Documentary Short
Best Documentary Short

Web Series
Best Web Series

Honorary Awards
Women in Film
Diversity in Film
Lifetime Achievement

AMOUNT OF SUBMISSIONS: Each category must have a minimum of 3 submissions in order to remain as an award category. 


$2 SUBMISSION FOR FEATURE FILMS UNTIL NOVEMBER 20TH!  In order to encourage feature film productions in San Diego, we have waived the fee for feature films until November 20th! 

Early Bird Deadline:  September 25th,  2016 

Students:  $2 (website does not allow free submissions)
Features:  $2 (website does not allow free submissions)
Trailers/Commercials/PSAs:  $15
All other submissions:  $25

Regular Deadline: November 20th, 2016

Students:  $30
Features:  $2
Trailers/Commercials/PSAs:  $30
All other submissions:  $40
Late Deadline:  December 11th, 2016

Students:  $45
Features:  $40
Trailers/Commercials/PSAs:  $45
All other submissions:  $55

Extended Deadline:  January 8th, 2017 
Students:  $65
Features:  $70
Trailers/Commercials/PSAs:  $65
All other submissions:  $75  

FILM CONSORTIUM PLUS MEMBERS GET $15 OFF SUBMISSION FEES ($2 minimum fee due to website requirements)


Our judging model is a hybrid of community and professional voting. No individual votes on a film they were apart of in any way.


An internal advisory team reviews all the submissions and scores them based on three criteria:

Sound Quality, Production Value and Story/Script.

Films with the highest scores are selected for screenings until all time slots are filled during San Diego Film Week. Films Screened during the San Diego Film Week that meet all criteria for the San Diego Film Awards remain eligible for Round 1 of Judging for the San Diego Film Awards. 

Additional films may remain in consideration at the discretion of the Advisory team even if there is not time to screen the film at San Diego Film Week. After this round, about 60% of submitted films have historically remained under consideration for The San Diego Film Awards.

Round 1 of SDFA judging: January 2016


The community judging round is invaluable as it allows our film community to be the judge of what the "best" films are in our own community. Nominations for the film awards are decided during this round.

Filmmakers who produced the films are invited to attend a community screening of the films  (2 attendees ONLY per film).   Filmmakers view a batch of films and are asked to “nominate” films for awards.  They are not allowed to vote on their own film AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE IN THE ROOM WHILE THEIR FILM IS SCREENING. The average score is then calculated and the films with the highest scores for each award advance to the next round. No more than 5 films will be announced as nominees for any one award.

Round 2 of judging: February 2016


Once the community has brought forward their nominees,it's time to decide the winners. 60% of our 2017 judges live outside of San Diego and are not connected directly to filmmakers, cast or crew in our region.

Judges include film festival programmers, film educators and professors, film critics and experienced film producers.  Multiple judges watch the nominated films and vote on the winners.  The films with the most votes for their respective categories will win the award. Ties are not allowed and will be passed on to additional judges to break the tie.

San Diego Film Awards will be given out at our Academy Awards Style Awards Show on April 2nd, 2017.  Check out what the show looks like!

All submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

For questions please email

$ 45.00 - 95.00

San Diego's Film Industry is growing fast and Film Consortium Members are making it happen!  Film Consortium Plus Membership is a NEW way to support and get involved in all the exciting events, contests and opportunities emerging in the local community.  By becoming a member you not only help this effort grow, you also have access to a growing list of benefits. 



$95 per year for professionals (renewed annually)

$45 per year for students (renewed annually)

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Film Consortium San Diego!  It is because of our volunteers that we are able to continue to do work to promote and support the talent in our local film community.  Please fill out the following form so that we may learn about  you and find an appropriate volunteer position for you at one of our events.

This is for submissions to the Movie and Music Mixer being held the first Tuesday of every month at the Whistlestop Bar from 7PM to 10PM.

We are now accepting music videos, short films, web series episodes, and newly released music projects for consideration to be screened or premiered at the event.


This is for San Diego based music videos, films, web series episodes or albusm that utilize at least 80% local talent, crew, locations and resources.

This is NOT a registration for the Fall Film Fest, Film Awards, Winter Film Showcase or any of our screening events.  Submissions for FCSD events are submitted separately during open call for entries.


In this registration form, provide as much information as you have!  Don't worry if you don't have all the items, only a few are mandatory!  You can always come back and add more items when they are ready by requesting to edit your listing through this website.


1.  You have the right to withdraw your film for any reason with 3 days written notice.  We reserve the right to withdraw our support for any reason with 3 days written notice.   Emails shall qualify as written notice.

2. All parties agree that shall there be a dispute, they shall attend mediation before filing any legal action.

3. Any legal action shall proceed only through the San Diego Superior Court. 

4. All parties, prevailing or non-prevailing, shall be responsible for their own legal fees.