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We welcome films of any genre or film category, such as animation, documentary, narrative fiction, etc. Submissions need to be 30 minutes or shorter in length. An "Audience Award" winner and "John Kelley Excellence in Cinematography Award" winner will be announced on the final day of the festival.

The Fresno Film Festival is sponsored by Fresno Filmworks, a non-profit group committed to bringing independent, experimental and foreign films to Central
California. Filmmakers and directors will be invited to present their
films and interact with our audience. Our goal is to provide a film
experience that is thought provoking and joyful for an audience hungry
for alternatives to the multiplex.

We invite filmmakers to join us in our celebration of cinema at the
Fresno Film Festival at the historic 750-seat art deco Tower Theater,
which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located
mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Fresno is the largest
inland city in California, and home to several colleges and
universities. Fresno is both the center of the largest farm economy in
the U.S. and the gateway to Yosemite National Park and the spectacular
Sierra Nevada mountains. Fresno is home to one of the most ethnically
diverse populations in California, with large Latino and Asian
populations. Our festival encourages films that will appeal to diverse
and underrepresented audiences. Fresno Filmworks is a community-based
non-profit group committed to
showing independent, experimental and foreign films in Fresno. We are
supported through the Fresno Arts Council and have a large and committed
audience that attends our regular monthly film screenings.

1) Screening materials should be sent on DVD or VHS, although accepted films can be projected from Beta SP, DVD, or 35 mm.
2) All films must be in English or have English subtitles.
3) A press kit is recommended but not required; however we do request
that you label your entry with title, director’s name, and running time.
4) The festival cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to materials submitted.
5) Screeners will not be returned, do not send originals.
6) More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.

To submit an entry, please visit our festival page on by clicking here. Thank you!  Any further questions can be addressed to Joy Quigley at

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