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San Francisco, CA 94107

The Robot Film Festival is an annual celebration of robots on screen and in performance.



We are currently accepting submissions of short films for the next Robot Film Festival!  Please submit your outstanding, beautiful, hilarious, or thought-provoking short film.  Two requirements:

  • The film must feature a robot as one of the main characters, framing devices, or tools used in the creation of the film.
  • The film must be less than eight minutes long.

Otherwise, there are no limits on what kind of film you can submit, but we particularly encourage positive storytelling with or about robots.  Here are some samples:

  • Music videos
  • Commercials
  • Artistic short films
  • Science documentaries
  • Art documentaries
  • Research robot bloopers
  • Animation experiments
  • Recordings of robot performances

Online submission guidelines

  1. You must hold applicable rights to the content in your film, and you must be authorized to grant permission for its exhibition at the Festival (see Submitted Material Release checkbox below). 
  2. You must first pay a submission fee of $20 (see Paypal button below). Please save the confirmation number and then include it in the submission form.
  3. Create a Title and Artist Statement (200 words or less) describing your film and its context within this year’s theme.
  4. Your film should meet the HD standards outlined in, regardless of where you host it.  Preferred resolution is at least 1280×720.  That said, If your film has already been made, or if you lack the tools to meet these standards, that’s OK.
  5. Please upload your video film to and note the URL.  If you do not want the film to be publicly available before the festival, set the video to be “Password protected” when uploading.  We will not share your film.  You should check “Allow other people to download the source video” when uploading.  If you’d rather not do that, be aware that we will need to acquire the original video file if your film is selected.  If you prefer to use a different hosting site (e.g. DropBox, YouTube,, etc.), that’s ok — but see the previous comment.
  6. Please complete the following form to submit your film. Questions? Contact
Film Title
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Primary Contact Name
Submitted Material Release *