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.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 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 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

Culver CityFilm Festival

www.culvercityfilmfestival.com

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