The Festival sponsors ongoing screenings internationally and a festival
in San Francisco.
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San Francisco Sex Workers Festival was established in 1999 to provide
a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker film and video makers
and to screen works about sex workers and the sex industries from around
the world. The Sex Worker Festival provides an opportunity to recognize
and honor prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers,
who have historically been a dynamic part of arts communities.
To date, the Sex Worker Festivals have screened nearly three hundred
works and generated much interest in the media. In addition, the festival
presents performances and events. Performances include spoken word marathons,
bus and bicycle tours highlighting San Francisco history, theatrical
productions and cabarets. In 2005 Whore College was launched in conjunction
with the Sex Worker Festival among other workshop formats including
the Institute of Sex Workology in 2013. Films and videos for the Festival
focus on sex workers' rights; organizing efforts and working conditions
for strippers; global sex work and sex work as a labor issue on the
international agenda; sex workers as artists; queer sex workers; anti-racism
andti-oppression in sex worker communities, sex work and gender identities;
sex education, sex art, porn and erotica; portraits of strippers, prostitutes,
doms, madams... We encourage diverse participation and diverse perspectives.
Films and videos must be:
1) directed or produced by someone who has worked in the sex industries or
2) about any aspect of sex work.
Please note: We are interested in art, experimental work, music videos, narratives,
documentaries and all works that challenge conventional stereotypes and stigma
regarding prostitution and other forms of sex work.
Upon filmmakers consent, all such works will be included in our location-based
library of films about sex work, available for researchers and activists.
If your work does not fit into these categories, please don't submit it.
Entry forms are available online at
our website. A separate application must accompany each work.
Entries may be sent on an ongoing basis. The
first deadline for the 2015 Festival is March 1, 2015. (Please email us and
let us know you sent it, or send us a link to the online video.) The late deadline is April 1st. Films must be received by that date. The
festival will take place in May 16-24, 2015. The festival also sponsors
ongoing screenings at festivals around the world and we accept work
on an ongoing basis. Call 415-751-1659.
A separate entry fee and application form is needed for each work. The
entry fees are:
Regular deadline (postmarked by March 1, 2015) $10.00 for the first
film or video, and $5.00 for each additional film or video.
after March 1, 2015)
$15.00 for the first film or video, and $10.00 for each additional film
or video. Deadline is March 21st. Extended deadlines will be announced.
Checks or money orders should be in U.S. funds. Entry fees will be waived
based on financial need upon request. Fees are waived if needed (email
us), and always for makers in developing countries with no access to
US dollar currencies.
Screening: DVD, Quicktime files (high quality h.264),
Film-16 or 35mm (by special arrangement only)
and web links for viewing online.
Foreign language film and video should be made available with the original
language soundtrack and English subtitles, however we will consider
works in that have not been subtitled.
Entries will be reviewed by festival curating director and production
Include address label on both tape and container. All submissions must
be shipped prepaid and packed in proper containers to arrive at the
Sex Worker Fest offices no later than 2 weeks before the festival or
other screening dates (to be announced). DO NOT send films for preview.
Do not send submissions in fiber-filled envelopes, as the dust damages
If a film is invited to participate, the film must be shipped prepaid,
insured and packed in proper containers. Film media is only accepted
by prior arrangement. The San Francisco Sex Worker Festival will be
responsible for return shipping charges for 16 and 35mm films when pre-arranged
with the filmmaker. The Sex Worker Fest will not pay for international
shipping for domestic films (USA). The Sex Worker Fest does not assume
any liability for damage to prints due to improper containers or otherwise.
16 mm and 35 mm films (only) in our possession must be insured by the
film maker against damage or loss while participating in the festival.
Upon acceptance, film cassettes and videos sent from outside the United
States must be accompanied by a commercial invoice or b&w, value
of shipment and sender's name and address. Cassettes should be marked:
'For Festival Screening Only.'
Materials (photos, pict files, etc.) of films and videos selected for
screening become the property of the Sex Worker Fest and can be used
to promote The Sex Worker Fest and the programs of The Sex Worker Fest
in all mediums including film, television, radio and the internet.