Sacramento is one of only 7 cities that has a food film festival
in the United States. Since its inception in 2012, the film
festival has been a meeting place between filmmakers and viewers,
and an important factor in enlivening local culture, building
Sacramento’s image as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, and
fostering its’ attractiveness for tourism and contributing to
overall economic development.
We expect the 7th annual event to sell out at over 800
The film festival is a proven tourist draw attracting an
average of 803 attendees annually.
In 2017, approximately 3% of attendees came from outside the
state, and 49% traveled from other California cities, including
11% from the Bay Area.
Food Literacy Center strategically partners with an average
of 98 local businesses and restaurants and 68 volunteers to make
the event a success every year.
ABOUT THE SHORT FILM CONTEST
Now in its third year, the Sacramento Food Film
Festival Short Film Contest will
continue to showcase the best of short filmmaking and
innovative short films related to our food system.
The selected films will be shown during the 2018 Sacramento
Food Film Festival, April 11-15, 2018.
October 13, 2017: SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS OPEN
January 1, 2018: OFFICIAL SHORT FILM ENTRY DEADLINE
February 1, 2018: SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED
April 11-15, 2018: 2018 SACRAMENTO FOOD FILM FESTIVAL
Adults (19+) – $15
Youth (18-under) – FREE**
Note: Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are
non-refundable. All entry fees will be set aside and distributed
to the selected short film winners.
**Youth: Entry fees for youth will be waived upon receipt by the
Sacramento Food Film Festival of a scanned copy of a current and
valid student ID card or a letter from an accredited school
verifying the entrant’s enrollment. A PDF or JPG file of this
scan may be submitted via email to
To be eligible for consideration:
Film must be under 20 minutes
Film must be in spoken or subtitled English
Film must showcase a desire for healthy
food, health, environment and economy. The short film(s)
MUST be about food!
Language and content must be suitable for all age
The official entry form must be completed entirely in order
for your submission to be reviewed.
NOTE: There is no limit to the amount of films
you are able to submit. To submit more than one film, please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “Additional Film
Submission” in the subject line with the private Vimeo link,
password, and trailer.
Short films will be honored in several categories:
Local Farm to Fork: Films should be shot within the
Sacramento-area, including Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Yuba or
American & International: Open to all films based
outside of the local Sacramento-area.
Youth: Open to young and aspiring filmmakers 18 years old and
Honored films/filmmakers will receive an evenly
distributed financial award provided by total entry
HOW TO ENTER
Please make sure that you have thoroughly
read the rules and key dates.
If your submission(s) adhere to the following rules and
deadlines, please submit your short film by January 1, 2018.
The films presented at the 2018 Sacramento Food Film
Festival are reviewed by a judging panel comprised of esteemed
members of the food and film communities.
If your film is selected, you will be notified by email.