The Festival sponsors ongoing screenings internationally and a festival
in San Francisco.
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Call for Movie Submissions-Festival dates May
The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival--
Biennial, since 1999
Regular movie submission deadline is March 1, 2017 (see other deadlines
Notification Date: April 27th, 2017
Submission URL: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SanFranciscoSexWorkerFilmandArtsFestival
The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker 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 proudly supports diverse
Bay Area communities and 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 SF Bay Area Sex Worker Festivals have screened over 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 SexWorkology. Films and
videos for the Festival focus on sex worker rights; organizing efforts
and working conditions for dancers/performers; global sex work and sex
work as a labor issue on the international agenda; sex workers as artists;
queer sex workers; sex worker rights and intersectional politics; anti-racism/anti-oppression
in sex worker communities, sex work and gender identities; sex education,
sex art, porn and erotica; transgender sex worker rights and history;
portraits of dancers, performers, prostitutes, doms, madams... We encourage
diverse participation and diverse perspectives. Visit our (in progress)
archives to view work from previous festivals. http://www.sexworkerfest.com/videos/
Films and videos must be:
1) directed or produced by someone who has worked in the sex industries
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. We are interested in all work addressing all subjects by sex worker
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
Entry forms are available online at our website. Entries can also be
submitted through Film Freeway for a streamlined process (see below).
A separate application must accompany each work.
Alternately, we receive entries through Film Freeway for a streamlined
process at: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SanFranciscoSexWorkerFilmandArtsFestival
Entries may be sent on an ongoing basis. The earlybird deadline for
the 2017 Festival is (postmarked) February 15th, 2017. The regular deadline
is (postmarked) March 1, 2017. The late deadline is (postmarked) March
21st. The extended deadline is April 15th with prior permission from
us. We will notify film makers by April 27th.(Please email us and let
us know if you are submitting by mail, or send us a link to the online
video.) The festival will take place in May 19-28, 2017. The festival
also sponsors ongoing screenings at festivals around the world and we
accept work on an ongoing basis. Email or call for more information:
Entry Fees: A separate entry fee and application form
is needed for each work. The entry fees are:
- Earlybird deadline-(postmarked) February 15: $10.00 for the first
film or video, and no charge for each additional film or video.
- Regular deadline (postmarked) March 1, 2017 $10.00 for the first film
or video, and $5.00 for each additional film or video.
- Late deadline (postmarked) March 21, 2017 $15.00 for the first film
or video, and $10.00 for each additional film or video.
- Extended deadline April 15th with prior permission only. $20.00 for
the first film or video, and $10.00 for each additional film or video.
Checks or money orders should be in U.S. funds. Entry fees will be waived
based on financial need upon request (email email@example.com), and
always for makers in developing countries with no access to US dollar
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 the festival curator with assistance from
the production team.
Include address label on both tape and container. All accepted work,
if mailed, 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. DO NOT send filmstock 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 Bay Area 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 filmmaker 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.' Publicity Materials: Materials (photos,
image files, etc.) and short clips of accepted videos 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 on the internet.