California Film Festivals & Contests

Contests - Call for Entries
  • NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL www.newportbeachfilmfest.com (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 entries.www.TheIndieFest.com
  • 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 www.NFMLA.org

Film Festivals

48 Film Project https://www.48filmproject.com/

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

American Film Market www.afma.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 http://www.bigbearfilmfestival.com/

Big Sur Short Film Screening Series http://www.henrymiller.org/shorts.html

Broadway International Film Festival http://www.biff-la.com/

Burbank International Film Festival burbankfilmfestival.org/

Calabasas Film Festival http://www.calabasasfilmfestival.com/

California Independent Film Festival caiff.org

Carmel Art & Film Festival www.carmelartandfilm.com/

Cinequest - San Jose Film Festival www.cinequest.org/index.php

City of Angeles Film Festival www.cityofangelsfilmfest.org

Contra Costa International Jewish Film Festival www.eastbayjewishfilm.org/09/home.html

Culver CityFilm Festivalwww.culvercityfilmfestival.com

Etheria Film Night www.etheriafilmnight.com

Film Arts Foundation - San Francisco www.filmarts.org/home.php

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival www.reelpride.com

Hollywood Black Film Festiva www.hbff.org

Hollywood Film Festival hollywoodawards.com

Humboldt Film Festival http://www.hsufilmfestival.com/

International Family Film Festival www.iffilmfest.org

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival www.vconline.org

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival http://lagff.org/

Los Angeles International Film Festival www.lafilmfest.com

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival www.latinofilm.org

Malibu International Film Festival www.malibufilmfestival.org

Marina del ReyFilm Festival http://mdrfilmfestival.com/

Mendocino Film Festival www.mendocinofilmfestival.org/

Method Fest International Film Festival www.methodfest.com/

Mill Valley Film Festival www.mvff.com/

Napa ValleyFilm Festival www.napavalleyfilmfest.org

National Film Challenge, The http://filmchallenge.org/

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) www.nfmla.org

Newport Beach Film Festival www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

Ojai Film Festival www.ojaifilmfestival.com

Outfest www.outfest.org

Palm Springs International Film Festival www.psfilmfest.org

Palo AltoInternational Film Festival www.paiff.net

Pan African Films and Arts Festival www.paff.org

Pasadena Film Festival www.pasadenafilmfestival.org

Red Nation Film Festival www.rednationfilmfestival.com

Sacramento Film & Music Festival www.sacfilm.com

Sacramento French Film Festival www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.com

Sacramento International Film Festival www.sacramentofilmfestival.com

Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival http://siglff.org/

Sacramento Japanese Film Festival www.sacjapanesefilmfestival.net

Sacramento Jewish Film Festival www.sacjff.org/index.html

San Diego Asian Film Festival www.sdaff.org/festival/festival.php

San Diego Film Festival www.sdff.org

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 Fernando Valley International Film Festival www.viffi.org

San Francisco Independent Film Festival www.sfindie.com

San Francisco International Film Festival www.sfiff.org

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

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival www.sfjff.org

San Francisco Silent Film Festival www.silentfilm.org

San Joaquin International Film Festival www.sjiff.org/sjiff3/

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival www.slofilmfest.org

SanPedro International Film Festival www.spiffest.org

Santa Barbara International Film Festival www.sbfilmfestival.org

Santa Catalina Film Festival www.catalinaff.org

Santa Cruz Film Festival www.santacruzfilmfestival.org

Santa Monica International Film Festival www.smfilmfestival.com

Sonoma International Film Festival www.sonomafilmfest.org

Sunscreen Film Festival www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com

Tahoe Adventure Film Festival www.laketahoefilmfestival.com/

Topanga Film Festival www.topangafilmfestival.com

United Nations Association Film Festival www.unaff.org

Wine Country Film Festival www.winecountryfilmfest.com