LA Film Festival


The LA Film Festival is a premier platform for new works from emerging and established independent storytellers with unique voices and innovative visions.

Taking place September 20-28, 2018, the LA Film Festival showcases compelling independent films, series and episodic work from emerging storytellers, alongside filmmaker-driven studio titles.

The Festival fosters valuable alliances and working relationships between independent artists and the film industry. Signature programs include Coffee Talks, the Spirit of Independence Award, Fast Track - a film financing market - and We the People; a two-day summit committed to advancing inclusion within the entertainment industry by serving as a solution-oriented call to action.

Awards & Qualification

Selection for the LA Film Festival qualifies films for prestigious awards, including...

  • Film Independent Spirit Awards (feature films)
  • Cinema Eye Honors for Non-Fiction Filmmaking (documentary features)
  • Academy Awards® in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Short Film categories (short films)

LA Film Festival Jury Awards are given in the following competition categories: US Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, Nightfall, LA Muse (fiction and documentary) and Shorts (fiction and documentary). Balloted Audience Awards are given for Fiction Film, Documentary, Short Film and Web Series.

Take a peek at the 2017 LA Film Festival Award Winners.