Submission Guidelines

LA Film Festival submissions are currently closed

About LA Film Festival

In line with Film Independent’s mission, the LA Film Festival exhibits work from independent storytellers with a distinct perspective, unique voice and innovative approach. Our programming reflects a variety of tastes and backgrounds, from comedy to horror, experimental to animation, character-driven documentaries to hard-hitting exposes. We are inspired by filmmakers committed to building audiences for stories that reflect the many colors and experiences of our world.

In 2015, over 46 independent feature films world premiered. Of those films, 40 percent of the feature films in the overall line-up directed by women, 30 percent by U.S. based people of color and 86 percent by first or second time directors. 50 percent of the short films selected for the 2015 Festival were directed by women and 50 percent by people of color.

World premieres of feature-length films are a high priority for the LA Film Festival, however premiere status is not a consideration for short films.

The LA Film Festival is a qualifying festival for prestigious awards in the film industry. Selected films qualify for the following nominations: Film Independent Spirit Awards (for feature-length films), the Academy Awards® in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Short Film categories (short films), and a Cinema Eye Honors for Non Fiction Filmmaking (for documentary feature films).

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