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California Film Festivals & Contests

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  • NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES (NFMLA) [Submission Deadline: Ongoing / Monthly] -- NewFilmmakers Los Angeles 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 over 51 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 to gain "reel" exposure in LA, submit to NewFilmmakers Los Angeles today at www.newfilmmakersla.com 
  • CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL [Submission Deadline: November 18, 2016] -- Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers, Cinequest Film Festival is set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies. Cinequest showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Cinequest Film Festival 27 will occur February 28 – March 12, 2017, in San Jose / Silicon Valley. Cinequest is now accepting film and screenplay submissions through November 2016. www.cinequest.org

Film Festivals

48 Film Project www.48filmproject.com

American Film Institute Film Festival - AFI Fest www.afi.com/afifest

American Film Market americanfilmmarket.com

American Indian Film Festival - San Francisco www.aifisf.com

Arpa International Film Festival www.arpafilmfestival.com

Benicia Film Festival www.beniciafilmfestival.com

Beverly Hills Film Festival www.beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival www.bigbearfilmfestival.com

Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series bigsurfilm.org

Broadway International Film Festival www.biff-la.com

Burbank International Film Festival www.burbankfilmfest.org

Calabasas Film Festival www.calabasasfilmfestival.com

California Docu Film Festival californiadocfest.com/f-estival

California Independent Film Festival www.caiff.org

Carmel International Film Festival carmelfilmfest.com

Catalina Film Festival catalinafilm.org

Cinequest - San Jose Film Festival www.cinequest.org

COLCOA French Film Festival www.colcoa.org

Culver City Film Festival www.culvercityfilmfestival.com

Desert Rocks Film And Music Event desertrocksfame.org

East Bay International Jewish Film Festival eastbayjewishfilm.org/2016/

Etheria Film Night www.etheriafilmnight.com

FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival www.filmoutsandiego.com

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival www.reelpride.com

HP Lovecraft Film Festival San Pedro hplfilmfestival.com/hplfilmfestival-sanpedro-ca

Hollywood Black Film Festival www.hbff.org

Hollywood Film Awards hollywoodawards.com

Humboldt International Film Festival www.hsufilmfestival.com

International Family Film Festival www.iffilmfest.org

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival festival.vconline.org

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival lagff.org

Los Angeles Film Festival www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

Malibu International Film Festival www.malibufilmfestival.org

Marina del Rey Film Festival marinadelreyfilmfestival.com

Mendocino Film Festival www.mendocinofilmfestival.org/

Method Fest Independent Film Festival www.methodfest.com/

Mill Valley Film Festival www.mvff.com/

Napa Valley Film Festival www.napavalleyfilmfest.org

National Film Challenge, The nationalfilmchallenge.org

New Media Film Festival www.newmediafilmfestival.com

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) www.newfilmmakersla.com

Newport Beach Film Festival www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

North Bay Art and Film Festival northbayartandfilmfestival.com

Ojai Film Festival www.ojaifilmfestival.com

Outfest www.outfest.org

Palm Springs International Film Festival www.psfilmfest.org

Pan African Film & Arts Festival www.paff.org

Pasadena International Film Festival www.pasadenafilmfestival.org

Red Nation Film Festival www.rednationfilmfestival.com

Sacramento Film & Music Festival www.sacfilm.com

Sacramento French Film Festival sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org

Sacramento International Film Festival californiafilm.net

Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival siglff.org

Sacramento Japanese Film Festival www.sacjapanesefilmfestival.net

Sacramento Jewish Film Festival www.californiamuseum.org/event/sacramento-jewish-film-festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival pacarts.org/san-diego-asian-film-festival

San Diego Film Festival www.sdfilmfest.com

San Diego International Kids' Film Festival www.sdkidsfilms.org

San Diego Italian Film Festival www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com

San Diego Latino Film Festival www.sdlatinofilm.com

San Francisco Independent Film Festival www.sfindie.com

San Francisco International Film Festival www.sffs.org

San Francisco International Women's Film Festival womensfilminstitute.com/film-festival

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival jfi.org/festival/sfjff-2016/

San Francisco Silent Film Festival www.silentfilm.org

San Joaquin International Film Festival www.sjiff.com

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival www.slofilmfest.org

San Pedro International Film Festival www.spiffest.org

Santa Barbara International Film Festival sbiff.org

Santa Cruz Film Festival www.santacruzfilmfestival.org

Santa Monica International Film Festival www.smff.org

Sonoma International Film Festival www.sonomafilmfest.org

Tahoe Adventure Film Festival www.laketahoefilmfestival.com/

Topanga Film Festival www.topangafilminstitute.com

United Nations Association Film Festival www.unaff.org

Valley Film Festival www.valleyfilmfest.com/valleyfilmfest/app/home

Wine Country Film Festival wcff.us