In addition to a line-up of extraordinary films (including some of best foreign films to be found anywhere), SIFF features an annual celebrity tribute at a gala event uniquely designed to honor an admirable and inspiring cinematic career. Previous SIFF honorees have included legendary talents Michael Moore, Nicolas Cage, Nick Nolte, Peter Bogdanovich, Doris Roberts, Gary Sinise, Paul Sorvino, Rip Torn, and countless other luminaries from in front of and behind the camera.
The real stars of SIFF, however, are the visiting independent filmmakers eager to display their remarkable works of art. SIFF grants at least two screenings of every film, as well as Q&As after every screening (provided the filmmaker is in attendance) and the technical expertise to ensure each film looks and sounds its best. At SIFF, every visiting filmmaker is treated like royalty and enjoys complimentary hotel accommodations and food, all day, every day.
September 20, 2013 - Regular Deadline
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
SIFF brings film lovers together to broaden the understanding of the human condition and to celebrate the power of independent film.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
SIFF proudly awards Director's Choice Awards and Audience Choice Awards in each of the festival's competitive categories. The festival also doles out specialty awards for direction, ensemble cast, screenwriting, and more. Each year, cash awards and scholarships are granted to some of the festival's most promising filmmakers. Animator John Canemaker took his SIFF award-winning film, The Moon and the Sun: An Imagined Conversation, all the way to the Academy Awards and nabbed a Best Animated Short Oscar on the big night.
In 2013, SIFF featured four Academy Awards shortlisted films, three Academy Award nominees, and multiple Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award submissions. Submit your work today!