California Film Festivals & Contests

Contests - Call for Entries
  • NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (April 21-28, 2016) -The 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival will screen over 300 features and shorts from over forty different countries. With special programs featuring documentaries, music, environment, animation, action, LGBTQ+, student films and more, the NBFF is set to showcase another year of astounding filmmaking to its audience of over 50,00 attendees.In addition, the 2016 Festival will introduce the NBFF Film Market, a specialty exhibition geared toward distribution and sales allowing filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work to top industry professionals. Also for the first time in 2016 the Festival will host a Filmmaking Expo, featuring professional industry representatives and vendors displaying and demonstrating top of the line filmmaking equipment, resources and more. Submissions now open until final deadline on Monday, January 25, 2016. Submit now through FilmFreeway & Withoutabox.
  • 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 Film Institute Film Festival - AFI Fest

American Film Market

American Indian Film Festival - San Francisco

Arpa International Film Festival

Benicia 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

Calabasas 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

Etheria Film Night

Film Arts Foundation - San Francisco

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival

Hollywood Black Film Festiva

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 Festival

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