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Welcome to Close:Up San Francisco Short Film Festival, an event dedicated to empowering short-form independent filmmaking.
WHY Close:Up? 🔍
local framing of global indie cinema - ambitious programming - enriching screening experiences
As part of the Close:Up network of film festivals, CU SF Short Film Festival aims to provide not only a memorable cinematic experience for audiences but also an enriching festival event for independent filmmakers. Our main goal is to increase your audience reach and engagement, as well as to further support your development after the festival circuit. We're looking for the most exciting and innovative storytelling in different genres, films that challenge and inspire audiences. Our festival is more than just a screening space - it is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and to bridge the gap between audiences and film creators.
Our focus on short-form filmmaking stems from an appreciation of the peculiar position short-form storytelling occupies within the cinematic universe. These films are generally harder to access and have difficulties reaching larger audiences, but their position outside of mainstream cinema and their abbreviated length allow the filmmakers more experimentation and artistic freedom. Delivering concise and meaningful storytelling in a small package requires creativity and determination. These are also our guiding principles, so we look forward to celebrating the most innovative and envelope-pushing short-length filmmaking.
WHY San Franciso? 🔍
♫ If you're going to San Francisco, Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair … You're gonna meet some gentle people there ♪♪
We are so excited to be bringing our family of cozy, enriching film events to the mecca of free-spirited creators! Home to radical music, memorable films, and staggering social movements, San Francisco is the ideal location for a new wave of ambitious, forward-thinking short-form indie films.
Our panel of international judges will select the best of the best and try to squeeze in as many high-quality shorts in one evening as they can. Featuring Q&A's with creators, filmmaker roundtables with local industry professionals, networking sessions, and a welcoming atmosphere. Submissions are now open for the first edition of what promises to be a memorable evening dedicated to ambitious, forward-thinking cinema!
Close:Up Film Festivals are organized by HF Productions, an international production company run by a collective of independent filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals. Our mission is to create a collection of film festivals that support independent filmmakers in a very competitive and often unfair industry. We believe there is disenchantment with the anonymity and exclusivity of the festival circuit. We aim to provide a support system for emerging talents and independent filmmakers, based entirely on their skill set and passion.