CROSSROADS 2019: June 6–9 @ SFMOMA

NOTE: The submission period for CROSSROADS 2019 has closed. All entrants will be notified by April 15, 2019. Full festival line-up will be announced late April, 2019. Please contact festival@sfcinematheque.org with any inquiries.

pictured above: Colectivo Los ingrávidos: Conflagration (2018)—screened CROSSROADS 2018

CROSSROADS 2018 TRAILER from San Francisco Cinematheque on Vimeo.

CROSSROADS push[es] together the outer limits of narrative logic, experimental abstraction, and documentary… an essential festival for contemporary moving-image art. — James Hansen, The Brooklyn Rail

San Francisco’s hub for experimental film, media, and performance… — David Hudson, Criterion

…one of North America’s major showcases for avant-garde and experimental film, video and multimedia work. — Michael Sicinski, UZAK 27


presented by San Francisco Cinematheque June 2019
at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
festival program announcement: April 2019

Founded by filmmaker Bruce Baillie in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque is the Bay Area’s premier venue for avant-garde/experimentalunderground and personally expressive  film, video and performance work. In its dedication to exhibiting works of aesthetically radical cinema from all historical eras and geo-political locales, Cinematheque cultivates the international field of artist-made cinema, inspiring aesthetic dialog and critical discourse and encouraging appreciation across the broader cultural landscape.

Cinematheque seeks submissions of recent films, videos and works of performance cinema for CROSSROADS 2019, the TENTH iteration of our annual film festival—to be held June 2019 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


CROSSROADS 2019 entry form available here (and at the bottom of this page).
• One online submission form entry must be received for each work submitted.
• Preference is for works with a completion date of January 1, 2014 or later but all submitted works will be considered.

PLEASE NOTE that Cinematheque pays competitive rental fees for all works screened in CROSSROADS.
• Early Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018 ($20 per entry)
• Late Submission Deadline: *EXTENDED!! Final Submission Deadline is January 31, 2019 ($25 per entry)
Payments via PayPal or check/money order are accepted.
• Checks (payable to San Francisco Cinematheque) can be mailed to:
San Francisco Cinematheque
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco CA 94102 USA
• NOTE: Festival entry fees are waived for Cinematheque members (unlimited entries). Become a member and save!

• Viable exhibition formats include: 8mmSuper-8mm16mm35mmQuickTime/ProResBlu-ray and DCP.
• We also seek submissions of cinematic performancemulti-projector worksinstallations and other para-cinematic forms.
• Please contact festival@sfcinematheque.org with inquiries concerning alternate exhibition formats or for more information on submitting performance, installation or other non-standard or non-theatrical work.

• Entries are accepted in the form of streaming online video (preferred) or on DVD or Blu-ray. Please contact festival@sfcinematheque.org with inquiries about additional submission formats.
• DVD/Blu-ray submissions must be clearly labeled with film title, filmmaker name(s) and contact email address.
• Please include a pre-paid, SASE with your submission if you would like submitted preview media to be returned.
• NOTE: Submission via streaming online video is strongly preferred.

• For physical submission of materials, please complete an online entry form for each work submitted. Mail media to:
San Francisco Cinematheque
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco CA 94102 USA

• All entrants will be sent a receipt of submission(s) via email.
• Festival participants will be notified via email by April 30, 2019.

• Films selected for CROSSROADS 2019 will be announced in early May 2019.
 If your work is selected, we will contact you via email. You will be asked to present an exhibition copy of your work (film or digital video) to arrive at the address below no later than May 15, 2019.
1. Exhibition copy of your work (film or digital video) to be delivered to Cinematheque no later than May 1, 2018.
2. 125-word artist bio.
3. A minimum of one digital image representing your work (preferred format: TIFF still image at 300 dpi or better) for publicity use.
PLEASE NOTE that Cinematheque pays competitive rental fees for all works screened in CROSSROADS.
All physical exhibition media will be returned at the conclusion of the festival.

Questions? Please contact CROSSROADS at festival@sfcinematheque.org.

NOTE that all festival entries are waived for Cinematheque members.
Learn about membership here.