The Festival sponsors ongoing screenings internationally and a festival
in San Francisco.
for Online Application Form
Extended Deadline Passed
( VERY short shorts only)
San Francisco Sex Workers Festival was established in 1998 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 nearly two hundred
works and generated much interest in the media. In addition, the festival
presents performances and events. In 2005 Whore College was launched in conjunction
with the Sex Worker Festival. Films and videos for the Festival focus on
prostitutes' 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; 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 extended
deadline for the 2013 Festival is March 15, 2013, however later entries will
be considered. (Please email us and let us know you sent it, or send us a
link to the online video.) The festival will take place in the late Spring
of 2013 (Dates TBA). 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:
$10.00 for the first film or video, and $5.00 for each additional film
Checks or money orders should be in U.S. funds. Entry fees will be waived
based on financial need upon request. Fees are waived for makers in
developing countries with no access to Sterling or US dollar currencies.
Screening: NTSC DVD or links to online videos (preferred), miniDV ,
Film-16 or 35mm (by special arrangement only)
and web links for viewing online. Also accepting NTSC videotape, miniDV.
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 a panel of sex worker film/video makers.
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. The San Francisco Sex Worker
Festival will be responsible for return shipping charges for 16 and
35mm films. 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 will be insured 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.