The festival programmers will carefully select the films to be nominated for the following awards, and will then create a selection of nominated films to be screened in front of a live audience at the VENUE. The winners will be announced at the event, on our website and on social media.
Our Official Selection will be announced in February 2020!
The festival programmers will carefully select the films to be nominated for the following awards, and will then create a selection of nominated films to be screened in front of a live audience at the VENUE. The winners will be announced at the event, on our website, and on social media.
There are three stages to the process:
△ Nominations – Films nominated for each category will be contacted on the notification date, and listed on our website and social media pages. Nominated filmmakers are invited to join the event, although only the films in the Official Selection (below) will be screened.
△ Official Selection – Films selected for screening will be notified if they have been considered to be part of Close:Up San Francisco Short Film Festival’s Official Selection on the notification date. Screening materials will be requested and more information about the event will be provided.
△ Winners – Award winners will be selected from the Nominations & Official Selection and announced at our festival, after the screenings, and online the following day.
Awards will include Certificates, Treats, and exclusive online Distribution deals, and will be given in the following categories:
Best Student Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Writing (produced or unproduced screenplays)
Best Student Director
Best Bay Area Production (discounted entry for films made by filmmakers based in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma)
In addition to the above-listed categories, we also offer the option of a Film Critique (as an add-on). Criticism may not always be agreeable but it is always necessary. Filmmakers require constructive feedback at every stage of their development, whether they're just starting out or they've been making films for decades. We offer you the opportunity to get your film project critiqued by one of the qualified film critics we collaborate with on our festivals. Regardless of whether your film is selected for screening, through this add-on, you receive an in-depth review (1-3 pages). The critique can be more or less general, or focus on particular elements - you choose.