California Film Festivals & Contests

Contests - Call for Entries
  • 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.https://www.48filmproject.com/
  • 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 500+ films from over 43 countries. NFMLA boasts over 15,000 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 Black Film Festival
www.abff.com

American Film Institute Film Festival - AFI Fest
www.afi.com/onscreen/afifest/2009/

American Film Market
www.afma.com

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

California Independent Film Festival
caindiefilmfest.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

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

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival
www.reelpride.com

Hollywood Black Film Festival
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/2012-film-challenge-registration.html

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
www.nfmla.org

Newport Beach Film Festival
www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

Ojai Film Festival
www.ojaifilmfestival.com

Outfest 2011
www.outfest.org/fest2011

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 2013
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