The 2016 Festival is now closed for submissions of both film and music. The majority of our film submissions are typically processed through Withoutabox and our submission period closed in June 2016 for the 2016 Festival.

Sacramento Film and Music Festival accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, all the convenience of modern online submissions without the extra fees. Free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more.


The Festival also accepts entries through withoutabox. For more information or to submit a project please go to Withoutabox for all deadlines and requirements.

  • March 4, 2016 Early bird Deadline

  • May 27, 2016 Regular Deadline

  • June 10, 2016 Late Deadline

  • June 24, 2016 Extended Deadline

Awards & Prizes

A separate film jury determines award winners, in addition to the audience awards in the following categories:

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Short
Music Video
Student Film
Director's Choice
Director's Choice
Best Program Music Video
Best Independent Music Video
Best Overall Film
Best Theme
Best Inspiration
Best Title
Best Male Actor in a leading Role
Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Ensemble