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Los Angeles Film Festival

LA Film Fest offers unparalleled access to creative voices through energetic film programming, master classes, live performances and conversations with the most compelling artists working today. This year, the Festival returns to L.A. LIVE with an expanded mission and reach of storytelling to include television, web series, gaming videos and other alt digital content submissions alongside film. New competition showcases also include LA Muse, for films that capture the spirit of Los Angeles; BET Experience, a partnership that spotlights filmmakers of color; and Funny or Die Make ‘em LAFF; competition for diversity in the comedy world.

LA Film Fest alum have the potential to earn recognition from highly-esteemed organizations such as the Academy Awards (short films); Cinema Eye Honors (non-fiction features); Film Independent Spirit Awards (for feature films).

September 20, 2018 to September 28, 2018

Find us on Facebook at and Twitter @LAFilmFest. Official event hashtag: #LAFilmFest.

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Los Angeles Film Festival Call for Entries -- Late deadline: January 30, 2015





Late Deadline:   January 30, 2015
Exclusive Deadline* - Film Independent Members Only:   February 10, 2015


WAIVED entry fees for Film Independent Filmmaker Pro Members.
Discounts for general Film Independent Members. ($10 off for feature-length films, $5 off for short films)


*PLEASE NOTE: After January 30, 2015, Film Independent Members can take advantage of their exclusive deadline by beginning the submission process at the Member Extended Submissions page.


Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the Los Angeles Film Festival and our submission process.




  • Completed submission form, submitted electronically via
  • Preview DVDs (Region 0 or 1 and NTSC preferred) and/or online digital submission. For feature-length films (50 min. or more), submit two DVDs. Submitting an online screener is highly encouraged. For short films (under 50 min.) or music videos, submit one DVD.
  • Entry fee payment.
  • Do not submit a press kit. We will request press kits for films which have been accepted.
  • Write your Submission ID number on your DVD(s) and envelope.
  • If submitting your film at the discounted Film Independent Member rate, you must be an active Film Independent Member in good standing. Write your Member number on your DVD(s) and/or include a copy of your current Film Independent Membership card with your submission.


Complete your online submission form before submitting your materials. Submission materials must be delivered together in one package. Preview DVDs and other submission materials will not be returned and will be recycled through a secure facility.




Payment in US dollars may be made by check, money order, American Express, Visa, or Mastercard. Checks or money orders (from a US bank, in US Dollars only) payable to “Film Independent”. Film title must be clearly printed on all checks/money orders. Do not send cash.



Early (Dec. 2)

Official (Jan. 6)

Late (Jan. 30)

Exclusive Member Deadline (Feb. 10)

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High School Shorts

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WAIVED entry fees for Film Independent Filmmaker Pro Members.
*Discounts for general Film Independent Members. ($10 off for feature-length films, $5 off for short films)


To be eligible for the discounted Film Independent Member submission rate and the exclusive deadline, you must be an active Film Independent Member in good standing. You must write your Member number on your DVD(s) and/or include a copy of your current Film Independent Membership card with your submission. If you submit at the Member rate and do not include your Film Independent Member number, your submission will not be considered. to become a Member today.




For all submissions, include the English language title and the running time on the DVD itself. Indicate the region-coding of the disc. If the DVD is in PAL format, print “PAL” on the disc. If submitting a work-in-progress, indicate the elements that are incomplete on the DVD.




You may submit more than one film, but each one must be on a separate DVD and must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee.




All costs for shipping submission materials are the responsibility of the sender. We recommend shipping your DVD in a protective bubble-pack envelope. Fiber-pack envelopes can damage DVDs and DVD players. The Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred during shipping.




All entries from outside the US should be sent Air Mail Registered or by a parcel or express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.




  • Feature films must have been completed after January 1, 2014.
  • Premiere status is a significant factor when evaluating a film’s eligibility for the Festival. Feature-length films must be a US, North American or World Premiere to be selected for the juried competitions. Films that have already played in the US are only considered for other sections of the Festival.
  • Feature films must not have had any public or festival screenings in Southern California; including Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.
  • Feature films must not have had any commercial theatrical, television, or internet play in the US.
  • All films, videos and online content in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.
  • Please observe the following running time frames for your submission:
    • Feature-length fiction and documentary films  |  more than 51 minutes
    • Short films  |  less than 26 minutes
    • Mid-length short films  |  between 26 and 50 minutes
    • Music videos  |  less than 10 minutes
    • High school shorts  |  less than 20 minutes
    • Alternative online content  |  less than 10 minutes
    • Web series  |  less than 12 minutes


  • Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission.
  • For submission purposes, preview DVDs may be works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks or digital outputs.
  • Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated in the Screening Requirements section below) for Festival screenings. No exceptions will be permitted.
  • High school shorts must be works shot, directed and produced by high school or secondary (pre-college) students. Adult supervision must be limited to an advisory capacity.




If selected for the Los Angeles Film Festival, we will require:


  • < >For feature-length and short films: DCP (must be DCI compliant) or HDCam (not HDCam SR).For music videos, high school shorts, alternative online content and web series:  Quicktime Files (Native Resolution, using Pro-Res 422 Codec) on DVD Data Disc or Hard Drive.Digital press kits with photo stills (color and black/white).
  • Headshots of Director(s) and Writer(s).
  • Biographies of Director(s) and Writer(s).
  • 1 sentence publicity synopsis of the film; 150-word synopsis of the film.
  • Trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards and EPKs, if available, to maximize exposure for your film.





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About Los Angeles Film Festival

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(Film Independent)

The Los Angeles Film Festival showcases the best of American and international cinema. Drawing an enthusiastic audience of over 80,000, the Festival provides films with the opportunity to be embraced by the public and discovered by the industry.

Los Angeles

United States

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