It’s about enhancing awesome films by showing them in unconventional places with unexpected surprises. It’s all happening in a city and county where odd, interesting, and unusual are the norm. Located in a diverse arts community we show films from high school and college students, new and burgeoning filmmakers, as well as established pros. We not only screen films, we make you experience them.



Founded in 2001 by Jane Sullivan and Johnny Davis, the Santa Cruz Film Festival has exhibited over 1,300 independent films by national and international filmmakers, as well as films and videos produced in the greater Santa Cruz County and Monterey Bay Areas.

Over 100,000 film lovers and filmmakers from all over the world have come to Santa Cruz for the festival. Showcased films have played in unique venues such as the historic Del Mar Theatre, The Nickelodeon, Regal Riverfront Stadium Twin, The Rio Theatre, The Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center, The UCSC Digital Arts and New Media Theatre, Cabrillo College, 

Community Television of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz High School, The Attic Teahouse and Gallery, The Cayuga Vault, Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Hall, and The Skyview Drive-In.

In 2008, the Santa Cruz Film Festival brought the EarthVision International Environmental Film Festival under our wing. As a result, the SCFF has presented nearly 70 environmental films that raise awareness of critical environmental issues, explore people who pursue environmental justice, and mobilize support and action for environmental issues.