"These guys and gals are the real deal. Seriously fun. Would go back again and again and again!!"

"A truly delightful festival. Well organized, excellent communication, and thoughtful programming. I was very impressed by all the films in the festival."

Cambria is a charming town set on California's central coast mid-way between LA and San Francisco. Its stunning coastline and peaceful ambiance serve as a perfect escape.

We make it our mission to promote films and filmmakers who are passionate about storytelling and have created unique visions. It's a pleasure to share films that bring laughter, stir emotions, and cause introspection with our audience.

We aim to give filmmakers a wonderful experience. We make attending filmmakers a priority, each film selected receives two hotel room nights during the festival and we host several parties and panels for filmmakers to connect with other filmmakers and our audience.

Founder's Award
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Audience Award - Best Feature
Audience Award - Best Short

By submitting your project, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to all of the following rules and terms. All projects submitted and accepted must adhere to the following terms and will be considered for inclusion in the 2024 Cambria Film Festival.


Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. The Cambria Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.


Films are to be submitted through the online platform FilmFreeway and are subject to a submission fee. Students receive a discount but not a fee waiver. Fee waivers may be granted for films from filmmakers of which circumstances make paying the fee a significant hardship. It is up to the festival to determine which films receive fee waivers.

No refunds of submission fees are granted.


The Cambria Film Festival screens Romances, Rom-Coms, and films that examine the complexities of love. This includes films that look at matters of the heart, of love, young love, older love, the challenges of finding love, recovering from failed love, of human connections of a romantic nature…etc.


Each film in competition will be programmed to be screened twice. The festival does not guarantee two screenings, but in the event of technical difficulties or other unforeseen issues the festival will do it’s best to schedule a makeup screening. The Cambria Film Festival reserves the right to screen films a third time as an “encore” screening or should screenings sell out and demand warrants; it also reserves the right to screen selected films in virtual format for a defined Festival period.

Accepted feature films must be able to provide a MOV or MP4 file for screening. CFF does not screen using DCP.

Accepted short films must be able to provide a MOV or MP4 file.


Foreign language films must have English subtitles. Filmmakers are responsible for adding correct subtitles to their films.

Overall Rating
  • An amazing festival that takes place in the lovely seaside town of Cambria. Everyone involved in this fest takes a huge amount of pride in putting it together and the local audiences come out in full force to support indie film (every screening I went to was packed!) The films all center around "love" and yet, span a huge array of genres, themes, and tones. I can't recommend Cambria FF - all of the other filmmakers I met were tremendous and it's the perfect weekend getaway to boot!

    February 2024
  • Laura Sedlak

    Cambria Film Festival is extraordinary. The quality of films I enjoyed while attending the festival in 2024 was only rivaled by the hospitality, attention and care they extend to their filmmakers. The numerous catered events provided ample opportunity for networking and celebration. Also honored to be awarded Best Long Form Short for Fate vs. Elena. Can’t wait to visit beautiful Cambria again!

    February 2024
  • Lucia Sherman

    A marvelous festival all around! Although I was unable to attend, the communication was terrific from the get-go (a hearty shout out to the Nixons).
    One of my actors represented Gypsy Rose Leezinski, and she had nothing but positive things to say--especially the festival's lineup, its audiences, the kindness of the organizers and staff, and naturally, its beautiful location. Many thanks!

    February 2024
  • If you live in LA and create a film about love (even platonic or familial love), you must submit to Cambria. The organizers put a lot of thought and attention into the networking events, and cultivate a wonderful atmosphere for genuine human connection. The year I went (2024) they were able to provide lodging! The town is super cute and there are great sights to see within a short drive of the festival, like the giant Elephant Seals along route 1 and Hearst Castle. I look forward to returning with future films if I'm given the opportunity.

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    February 2024
  • Fergus Cruickshank

    I had the pleasure to attend Camrbia film festival this year. It is a beautiful little festival that really looks after the film-makers that attend. There are lots of opportunities to meet other film-makers and see a strong collection of films.

    February 2024