When will I know if my film has been accepted into the festival?
We typically announce official selections May 1st. Keep an eye on the festival's website and social media channels for specific dates.
Can I make changes to my film after submitting it to the festival?
The submitted film is final and cannot be altered. Unfortunately, our festival's submission deadlines are very strict and we cannot accommodate changes to submissions after they have been received. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and equal treatment to all filmmakers who have submitted their work to us.
Will I be notified if my film is rejected from the festival?
What are the criteria for selecting films for the festival?
Selection criteria includes factors such as storytelling, cinematography, acting, and overall production quality. Depending on the category chosen, judges will look for elements of originality, boundary-pushing, or experimentation, as well as authenticity, honesty, and emotional resonance. Overall we assess a film's ability to heal and move people emotionally, looking for works that provide meaningful experiences for audiences.
Can I attend Sandy Fest to promote my film and meet other filmmakers?
How will my film be promoted during the festival?
Will there be any awards or prizes for selected films?
Yes, each category is subject to an award. Individual categories and their awards can be found on the Submit Films page.
Can I submit my film to other festivals while it is being considered by this festival?
We fully support your efforts to share your work with a wider audience. We know that participating in multiple festivals can be an excellent way to connect with other filmmakers and promote your work. We encourage you to submit your film to other festivals that you feel would be a good fit for your project.
Do filmmakers pay to join the Sandy website?
Filmmakers can not pay to join Sandy, they must be invited after their film is selected in the festival. Filmmakers join the platform after receiving an award for the festival. Their personal profile, along with their visual portfolio, will be showcased on the Sandy website. Filmmakers are required to pay film submission fees.