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 produces the annual San Diego Film Awards, Film Indiego for KPBS, and San Diego Film Week.  Visit us at

Ends on December 4, 2016$ 200.00 - 235.00
$ 200.00 - 235.00


Film Consortium Film School Workshop series offers hands-on workshops for filmmakers designed to provide you with the know how to create your own web series. Work with a group of like-minded creatives to craft, produce, and finalize a project to use for your portfolio. Build your network and connect with the San Diego film community!

In this workshop series, led by YouTube personality and filmmaker Derrick Acosta, you will create and produce a web series pilot featuring puppets (yes, puppets!) that will screen during San Diego Film week. Join us for a hands-on workshop where you will learn the in’s and out’s of producing a 3-5 minute web series pilot featuring some of our favorite puppet friends.

*This workshop will feature adult content so we ask that registrants be age 16 and up*

Workshop Details

Dates: December 3,4 and December 10,11

Time: 10am - 2pm

Location: Film Consortium office in downtown San Diego, 101 West Broadway, 3rd floor (parking fees not included)

Fees: Registration fee includes all four days of the workshop series, use of filmmaking equipment, and snacks! 

General rate: $235.00

*Film Consortium Plus Members receive 15% off the cost of registration

To learn more about Film Consortium Membership options and benefits, please visit:

$ 2.00 - 40.00
Now Accepting LOCAL FILMS, WEB SERIES, MUSIC VIDEOS and COMMERCIALS from STUDENT and PROFESSIONAL/INDEPENDENT filmmakers for the first-ever San Diego Film Week and the 4th Annual San Diego Film Awards!

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 on April 9th on the CW-6

  • 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.
  • We are accepting films from Northern Baja California for the "Binational Award"



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
Binational Award

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 kept the fee for feature films at $2 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

Ends on December 31, 2016$ 5.00 - 130.00
$ 5.00 - 130.00
Welcome to our third annual screenwriting competition through the Film Consortium San Diego! We are looking for the BEST screenplays that San Diego writers have to offer.   

This year we are offering Cash Prizes for first place winners for the first time!

1st Place Web Series Pilot Cash Prize $75
1st Place Short Film Cash Prize:  $100
1st Place TV Pilot Cash Prize:  $150
1st Place Feature Film Cash Prize:  $200

Finalists will be announced in January of 2017 and the winners of the competition will be announced during the 2017 San Diego Film Week weekend.

This competition is limited to screenwriters residing (either partially or completely) within San Diego county.   No screenplays from non-San Diego County residents will be considered. 

Please read the rules and script guidelines carefully before entering the competition. 

Feature Screenplays (any genre) (80-130 pages)
1 hr & 1/2 hr Original TV Pilots (22 to 60 pages)
Short Films  (under 30 pages)
Web Series Pilots (under 10 pages)

EXTENDED TO October 20, 2016
Fees:  $30 for features or tv series pilots
$15 for short films and web series pilots

November 20, 2016
Fees:  $45 for features or tv series pilots
$25 for short films and web series pilots

December 31, 2015
Fees:  $60 for features or TV series pilots
$40 for short film and web series pilot

$50 for Short Films or Web Series pilot
$100 for Feature Films or TV Series Pilot

Film Consortium PLUS members get $10 off submissions.  To become a Film Consortium PLUS member SIGN UP HERE.


This competition is open to any writer, 18 or older, living (partially or entirely) within San Diego County.   Entering the competition constitutes permission to use the winners' names and likenesses for publicity and promotion with no additional compensation.  We reserve the right to publicize and promote any and all progress, development and success of the entered scripts.

  • Any script from any genre will be considered
  • We must receive at least 3 submissions in each category or the category will be cancelled and submitters will be refunded their submission fee.
  • Multiple entries are accepted, provided you fill out an application for each script
  • Multiple authorship is acceptable.  If the screenplay wins a cash or prizes award, that award will be divided among the writers, by the writers.
  • Screenplays must be the original work of the author.
  • On the cover page of your script, please DO NOT include your name or address.  We only want the title of the script on the cover page.
  • Film Consortium San Diego recommends registering your scripts with the Library of Congress.
  • No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages for script entries will be accepted under any circumstances.  If you wish to submit a new draft of your script you must treat it as a new entry.. please fill out an application and re-pay the submission fee.
  • Submit scripts in English.
  • Material will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • Body pages must be numbered.
  • Scripts must be in industry standard format, 12 point courier font.
  • The decisions of our judges are final and may not be disputed.
  • Please do not send CD's, treatments, synopses, letters or resumes.  This material will not be sent to the producer reading your script.

Cash Prizes:

1st Place Web Series Pilot Cash Prize $75
1st Place Short Film Cash Prize:  $100
1st Place TV Pilot Cash Prize:  $150
1st Place Feature Film Cash Prize:  $200

Finalists will be announced in January of 2017 and winners will be announced during 2017 San Diego Film Week (Feb 10-17).

Winning scripts coupled with other Film Consortium award winners are eligible to apply for upcoming funding opportunities.

Winners will be promoted via our social media to hundreds of local cast, crew and filmmakers.

Winners are promoted via our newsletter to over 3000 local filmmakers, cast and crew.


Feedback is provided by our professional screenplay judges at an additional cost of $50 for a short film and $100 for a feature film or TV series Pilot.

If you order FEEDBACK (at an additional fee), you will get 4-5 pages of notes back (feature or TV series pilot) and 1-2 pages of notes back (short film)

Please expect the feedback to be emailed to you not later than June 30, 2017, after we announce winners.

• you attached your script to this application
• PDF format only accepted

We only accept scripts through this application form, we do not accept scripts by regular mail. Please do not mail anything to our office.   If you have trouble attaching your pdf to this application, you may email it to after you have submitted the application.

For more info including judging criteria, please visit our website at

$ 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.