Since 1996, Cine Gear Expo has served film and video industry professionals by providing them the opportunity to see the newest, cutting-edge equipment; to learn about new production services; and, network with peers all within a comfortable studio environment. Cine Gear Expo is an acclaimed and well attended occasion attracting over 16,000 professionals from more than 60 countries each year in Los Angeles, California.

As we prepare for our 2023 event, we welcome filmmakers to submit their projects to our Film Series. Categories include Commercials/Music Videos, Independent Short Films, and Student Films.

This Film Series Competition is a great way to gain recognition and take home amazing prizes. All finalists will be invited to the VIP Party and awards ceremony. For the chance to showcase your work to an audience of industry professionals, submit your film today.

Prize packages are granted to the winners of each category, featuring thousands in production prizes. Past prize sponsors include: Auto DCP, Blackmagic Design, Adorama Rental Company, Fiilex, VELVET USA, OWC, Quasar Science, Sunset Magicwerks, IntTip, LA 411, On Set Headsets, Rosco, Tilta, and more.

For Student Competition Only:
• You must be a registered student in order to submit your film/video and you must send a copy of your current Student ID card or proof of current registration. No Exceptions.
• If you are recently graduated (i.e., you graduated 2 years or less prior to screening) you must have been a student when the film was made.
• Students who began their project in school and have graduated but have not completed their project, must have completed the film within 6 months of graduation. Proof of registration or student ID required.

For All Categories:
• The applicable entry fee is nonrefundable. We accept Visa, Master Card, money order, personal check. Make checks payable to Cine Gear Expo, Inc.
• Preview DVDs will not be returned. Do not send your master copy until you are notified.
• If your film is ACCEPTED to the festival and it is a DVD, the format must be NTSC.
• Preview cassettes should be labeled with the title, running-time, screening format, contact information (name, address and phone number), and competition category.
• Cine Gear Expo is permitted to retain DVD copies of each film selected as part of our festival library and for local media educational use only.
• More than one entry can be submitted. Each entry must have an Official Entry Form (photocopy accepted) and entry fee.
• The entrant will be responsible for ALL SHIPPING FEES.
• All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.
• If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide: B&W and color stills from the film; press materials; video trailer and digitized trailer for website (if available) posters and flyers.
• If your film is selected, original format prints or video format tape will be due at the Cine Gear offices no later than May 5, 2023.
• The filmmaker will assume shipping costs of materials and print to Film
Series at Cine Gear Expo.
• Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English
• The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.
• Title of work and name of entrant must be on all mailing labels. DVD boxes
must be numbered (1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc,).
Cine Gear Expo, Inc. reserves the right to make any necessary changes in
regulations or Film Series scheduling.

Overall Rating
  • Martin Otto

    OK, a little biased because we won Best Music Video this year, but a total pleasurable experience overall. Helpful, resourceful and AMAZING prizes! They really look after you and make you feel proud to be involved.

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and the fantastic prize package from our valued sponsors!

  • Michael Kehoe

    I think due to covid this festival was not at its full potential.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your feedback. Due to COVID, we had to hold our Film Series Competition screenings virtually for this year. We look forward to holding in-person screenings again for future events.

  • Ria Pavia

    In this time of ICK, I was beyond impressed by how the Cine Gear folks made this year's virtual festival somehow feel intimate and fun. From the suggested signature cocktails to the Q & A after the top-notch film screenings, it served as the ideal entertainment escape. Sure, the in-person festival experience is preferred, but they truly set the bar HIGH by helping viewers feel a sense of inclusion during this season of isolation. As a first-time filmmaker who had the honor of winning awards this year, I didn't feel gypped by the restrictions, but rather uniquely celebrated. Hooray!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our virtual event. We wish you the best of luck with your future films and hope to see you in person at future Cine Gear Expo events!

  • I was very impressed with The Film Series' ability to roll with the times (as many festivals are having to this year). Of course it would've been better to be there in person, but I still had a great time participating and thought it was all handled really well. I look forward to submitting in the future when we can share in person again!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your film to our competition. We wish you the best of luck with your future films!

  • Tommy Mack

    This is one of the BIGGER fests and it's made up a lot of your industry peers. To quote Sir Winston Churchill, "This film festival is freaking awesome!"

    Great communication, fun people to work with, amazing competition, just a wonderful organization and event. This one means something more than most other fests!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We appreciate your support!