California Film Festivals & Contests

Contests - Call for Entries
  • Based in Los Angeles, the New Media Film Festival celebrates the ever-changing world of new media. Declared "worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine and hailed for making "the cutting edge accessible" by Huffington Post, NMFF accepts new media entries across a variety of categories. The jury includes reps from Marvel, Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, among others. A total of $45K USD in awards will be presented annually during the festival held in June. Join filmmakers from around the world, hear industry leaders, and network with distributors and investors! www.NewMediaFilmFestival.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.newfilmmakersla.com/
  • NORTH BAY ART AND FILM FESTIVAL-- Submit your film now to the First Annual North Bay Art and Film Festival. The festival will feature short (20 minutes or less) films from the following genres: Action and Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Horror/Thriller, SciFi/Fantasy and Romantic. Submissions now open until August 15, 2016 through FilmFreeway. www.northbayartandfilmfestival.com

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 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/index.php

COLCOA French Film Festival www.colcoa.org

Culver City Film Festivalwww.culvercityfilmfestival.com

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

Hollywood Black Film Festivalwww.hbff.org

Hollywood Film Awardshollywoodawards.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 ReyFilm 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 ValleyFilm 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

SanPedro 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