Anaheim Film Festival is an annual film competition for filmmakers worldwide.

Once a year our jury of industry professionals will award the best in film, writing, acting and more through private screening events. We will screen a selection of the winners at our live red carpet event at a beautiful venue in Orange County, California-one of the top vacation destinations in the United States. Please note we are TEMPORARILY online due to Covid.

We award certificates in the following categories:

Awards & Prizes
Best of Fest
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Musical
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Film
Best Web Series
Best Music Video
Best Experimental Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Child/Young Actor
Best Child/Young Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best First Time Director
Best Student Director
Best Student Film
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects

You may submit multiple entries (with different films), but you must complete a separate entry form and pay the fee for each film. Each film may be submitted in multiple categories.

Films must have been completed after 2021.
You must own the rights to your film, the music included in it and have permission from everyone appearing in your film to show their work.
Non-English films will be accepted but must have English subtitles.

Please note that, by submitting your film you agree:
The festival may use parts of your film for promotional purposes. These may include: trailer/scenes/poster/stills etc.
Entry fees are nonrefundable.
We do not accept X-Rated material/porn, extremist propaganda, etc.

All films will be screened by working industry professionals. The semi-finalists will be reviewed personally by the festival director.
NOT ALL FILMS THAT ARE NAMED AWARD WINNERS, FINALISTS, OR SEMI-FINALISTS WILL SCREEN. The jury likes to recognize all worthy films and we have limited screen time.

Overall Rating
  • Zann Gill

    We're honored that YELLO WORLD episode #1 for a serialized rock opera (formerly called Hello World – renamed after the fires) was a Nominee in this year's Anaheim International Film Festival. We’re impressed with the mission and leadership of this festival. Anaheim is the ideal city for a great film festival. Zann Gill, Director, Bkgd at

    July 2021
  • Daniel Fort

    great festival during this time of Covid to get the word out for our movie. Very excited to have been selected. Great festival, especially under the circumstances

    June 2021
  • Great (online) fest. So happy to have been a part of it!

    June 2021
  • Helfi Kardit

    Thank you to Anaheim International Film Festival, so apreciate to choice my film for Official Selection with the title SANTET, from Indonesia. You are so great to capture many stories from many countries with the different perspective. Good Luck for the future ... Many Thanks

    April 2021
  • Charles Petrilla

    I’m not one to make predictions but in the case of Anaheim International Film Festival, I will say this: One of the best run Festivals I have had the pleasure to submit into. The Team Anaheim IFF is a most prestigious group of professional critics and fellow filmmakers that shows great communication skills well beyond its years of service.

    April 2021