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California Film Awards

Based in one of America's most picturesque beach communities, the California Film Awards recognizes and celebrates important world cinema that represents the forefront of aesthetic, critical and entertainment standards in contemporary independent filmmaking and screenwriting. The California Film Awards honors new and cutting-edge American and foreign independent films in several competition categories. Partnering with notable film industry companies, film educators, directors, producers, and writers, the California Film Awards provides a forum for talented filmmakers to be recognized for their work, creativity, and achievements.

California Film Awards

Film and Screenplay Submissions

The California Film Awards is currently accepting film and video submissions in all categories, lengths and genres.
Competition Categories
Feature Film
Short Film
Feature Documentary
Short Documentary
Student Films
Foreign Films
California Films
Animation (short and feature)
Music Videos
Television Pilots
Screenplays (please visit Screenplay Competition page)

The 2012 California Film Awards Ceremony and filmmakers dinner will be held December 20, 2012.  All award-winning films and filmmakers will be announced publicly and to the media at this time.

Submission Deadlines

Early Deadline - April 25, 2012
Regular Deadline - July 25, 2012
Late Deadline - October 25, 2012
Extended Deadline - November 20, 2012

Feature film are over 50 minutes.
Shorts films are under 50 minutes.

Early Deadline:  Short $25 / Feature $35
Regular Deadline:  Short $30 / Feature $40
Late Deadline:  Short $35 / Feature $45
Extended Deadline:  Short $35 / Feature $45

Submission Mailing Address
California Film Awards
6977 Navajo Road, Suite 225
San Diego, CA 92119

Competition Rules and Conditions

All fiction, documentary, and short films of any form or genre can apply to the California Film Awardsl.  Films should have been completed no earlier than three years prior to the submission date.

Works in progress are accepted.

Awarded films and filmmakers are announced publicly at our annual Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner held in La Jolla, California.  The California Film Awards reserves the right to display clips of awarded films at its annual Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner  The Awards Ceremony is open to all media.

All foreign and international entrants must clearly label their packages "No commercial value. For cultural purposes only."

The cost of shipping an entry to the California Film Awards must be paid by the entrant.  All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

Students receive a $10 discount.  Please include a copy of your student ID.

DVDs and videos must be clearly labeled with name of film, running time and contact information.

The entry fee is nonrefundable.

Submission copies will not be returned.

More than one entry may be submitted.  Each entry must have its own submission form filled out and fee paid.

The filmmaker will assume shipping costs of material and print to the California Film Awards.

Films produced in languages other than English should have legible English subtitles.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work.

The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.

The California Film Awards reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling.

Please do not send press kits or photos.  If your film is selected we will contact you to request press materials.

Submission of a film or screenplay to the California Film Awards implies express understanding and acceptance to all competition rules and conditions.