• Films should not screen in Los Angeles prior to our festival.

  • We prefer films NOT be available online prior to festival.

  • Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2019.

  • Non-English films must have English subtitles.

  • Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.

  • Do NOT send stills or press kits.  If your film is selected we will ask for promotional materials at that time.

  • You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay entry fee for each film. 



  • Early Deadline: March 6, 2020

  • Regular Deadline: April 17, 2020

  • Late Deadline: May 15, 2020

  • Extended Deadline: June 5, 2020


Shorts 40 minutes AND UNDER, for each entry:

  • Early Deadline: $49

  • Regular Deadline: $55

  • Late Deadline: $65 

  • Extended Deadline: $75

Long Shorts 41 to 50 minutes, for each entry:

  • Early Deadline: $53

  • Regular Deadline: $59

  • Late Deadline: $69

  • Extended Deadline: $79

  • Entry fees must be paid online with any major credit card.

  • Entry fees are non-refundable.

  • Films will NOT be viewed without completed entry form and payment.


  • Film selection for the festival will be made by the screening committee.

  • All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.

  • We factor in previous screenings in the Los Angeles area when determining a film's selection.


*Academy Award Oscar® Qualifying - BAFTA Qualifying - Canadian Screen Awards Qualifying

  •  Best of Fest*

  •  Best Foreign Film*

  •  Best Drama

  •  Best Comedy

  •  Best Animation*

  •  Best Experimental

  •  Best Documentary*

  •  Best Sci-Fi

  •  Best Horror

  •  Best Music Video 

  •  Best High School Film

  •  Best Web Series

  •  Best Actor

  •  Best Actress 


Submit your film online by providing us a secure link and password. Pay entry fee online using your credit card, you do NOT need to mail us any physical materials.  

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