We are the best little boutique film festival on an international platform, and located in the best place on earth -- Santa Barbara, California, CA, USA. We seek, select and screen the most diverse and interesting films limited to the challenging 3-minutes of creativity! 10th Season is now open on FilmFreeway. Check out the screening of 9th season, which will be up on this website until at least the end of September 2021. This season there is an additional page to highlight the making of film based on a poem. These films also screen in their original categories.
Now moving into the 10th season, and the 9th Season is still online here on the website. The 3-Minute Film Festival usually screens in a physical space in Santa Barbara, California, with receptions and mingling with other filmmakers, actors, producers, judges and staff. It has always been free with a donation only. We screen outside or in a art-gallery studio. However, now we are on-line in 2021. In 2022 we plan to screen festivals with a blend of physical and on-line. Home is Santa Barbara Center for Arts, Science & Technology. SBCAST.org
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Dasha Khritankova. Great festival! Great communication, friendly team. I have a very positive with this festival!December 2020
Derlis Alvarenga. Great for meeting and greeting, I had a wonderful time watching the works of fellow filmmakers and animators while attending the festival in Santa Barbara.January 2019
Tyler Cole. I was unable to attend this year, but so honored to be selected. The communication was also wonderful!! August 2018
John Maslowski. I really enjoyed this festival. Lynn is so nice. The screening was outdoors which in Santa Barbara is a beautiful thing.August 2018
Keith Cantrell. Just now getting around to writing this 5-star review, but the 3 Minute Film Festival was so much fun!!! I had never been to Santa Barbara before, so I enjoyed taking a road trip up from Los Angeles when my short film Paddleball Hole screened at the festival. Definitely arrive early so you can explore the beautiful city. I met some wonderful filmmakers at this event, and the festival director Lynn is well-organized and keeps everything running smoothly. Would love to participate again in the future. Thanks for a wonderful festival!
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