California Film Festivals & Contests

Contests - Call for Entries
  • Celebrating its 16th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival is open for submissions! The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival will spotlight over 350 films from over 50 different countries, as well as red carpet events, premiere galas, a popular industry seminar series, spotlights, international showcases and question and answer sessions with filmmakers. Named one of the "Top Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by Movie Maker Magazine, the Newport Beach Film Festival will run from April 23rd to April 30th, 2015.

    Key Deadlines:

    November 21, 2014

    December 19, 2014

    January 30, 2015
  • Filmmakers keen to get noticed have two shots at stardom this year in 48 Film Project's global online short film competition. $10,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to a lucky Grand Prize Winner at the annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles and the top 15 winners have their entries screened before movie industry professionals. In 2014, there is also the chance for the best cinematographer, best writer, best actor and others to be selected for a dream team, which will make a $48,000 picture in Hollywood. Within a two day time slot, contestants create a short film between four and seven minutes long and upload it to the competition web site. Based in the heart of Hollywood, 48 Film Project is one of the 48 series of projects. Call for entries.
  • The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. The goal is to help independent filmmakers gain publicity and, when appropriate, exposure to distributors. $1,000 cash prize and in-kind $4,500 production studio opportunity. Call for
  • NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES (NFMLA) CELEBRATES RISING INDIE ARTISTS - Submit your film now! Founded in 2007, NFMLA has established itself as a strong gathering place for independent cinema screening 800+ films from over51 countries. NFMLA boasts over 20,000 supporters in the Los Angeles community! The monthly festival provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their accomplishments, gain exposure to new audiences, and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition, and representation. For your chance togain "reel" exposure in LA, submit to NewFilmmakers Los Angeles today at

Film Festivals

48 Film Project

American Black Film Festival

American Film Institute Film Festival - AFI Fest

American Film Market

American Indian Film Festival - San Francisco

Arpa International Film Festival

Beverly Hills Film Festival

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival

Big Sur Short Film Screening Series

Broadway International Film Festival

Burbank International Film Festival

California Independent Film Festival

Carmel Art & Film Festival

Cinequest - San Jose Film Festival

City of Angeles Film Festival

Contra Costa International Jewish Film Festival

Culver CityFilm Festival

Film Arts Foundation - San Francisco

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival

Hollywood Black Film Festival

Hollywood Film Festival

Humboldt Film Festival

International Family Film Festival

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

Los Angeles International Film Festiva

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

Malibu International Film Festival

Marina del ReyFilm Festival

Mendocino Film Festival

Method Fest International Film Festival

Mill Valley Film Festival

Napa ValleyFilm Festival

National Film Challenge, The

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)

Newport Beach Film Festival

Ojai Film Festival


Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palo AltoInternational Film Festival

Pan African Films and Arts Festival

Pasadena Film Festival

Red Nation Film Festival

Sacramento Film & Music Festival

Sacramento French Film Festival

Sacramento International Film Festival

Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

Sacramento Jewish Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival

San Diego Film Festival

San Diego International Kids' Film Festival

San Diego Italian Film Festival

San Diego Latino Film Festival

San Fernando Valley International Film Festival

San Francisco Independent Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco International Women's Film Festival

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

San Joaquin International Film Festival

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

SanPedro International Film Festival

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Santa Catalina Film Festival

Santa Cruz Film Festival

Santa Monica International Film Festival

Sonoma International Film Festival

Sunscreen Film Festival

Tahoe Adventure Film Festival

Topanga Film Festival

United Nations Association Film Festival

Wine Country Film Festival