Cinema Los Angeles is a Film Festival which annually take place in central Los Angeles.

Event Place:
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90038

The main goal of Cinema Los Angeles is to present the most exciting and inspiring new works on film being made today.
And equally, to promote an understanding and appreciation of the world through moving pictures.



At the Festival’s core is a commitment to champion the creation of unique work by individual storytellers.
Through ticketed events, open applications, and by invitation, we offer workshops with accomplished professionals, and ongoing support to advance the development and production of independent work.
We encourage artists from around the world to apply for our Programs.


The Feature Film Program embraces the discovery and development of independent filmmakers, encouraging a rigorous creative process with a focus on original and deeply resonant storytelling.


The Documentary Film Program supports the development, production and presentation of nonfiction films around the world.


We have witnessed an explosion in the opportunities available for writers developing episodic content for Internet use and online platforms.


Open to all artists, and held around the country, Workshops and Day Labs offer participants premium resources and expert advice on topics ranging from screenwriting to digital distribution.
These intensive versions of our Lab experience provide opportunities for artists to be inspired in their storytelling and empowered to advance their projects to the next phase.

Awards are determined by a jury of industry veterans.
Awards are given in these categories for cinematic excellence:
- Best Film
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Discovery Award
- Best Short
- Best Short
- Best Music Video

Rules & Terms

1. Submission Deadlines
All Submissions will be considered for acception.
Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted EITHER via online screener if the size is less then 5GB or by DCP. The tracking number, film title, film category and running time must be clearly labeled on the DCP. Please avoid stickers on the cover. Submitted copies will not be returned.

3. Submission Eligibility
- There is no premiere policy for short films and music videos.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.

4. Premiere Status
- There is no Premiere policy for short films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Submission Fee
All submissions for Cinema Los Angeles are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

6. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DVDs and additional materials sent to and returned from Cinema Los Angeles must be borne by the submitting party. Cinema Los Angeles will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Cinema Los Angeles will not absorb any fees incurred in USA customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Cinema Los Angeles will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.

Submission packages from outside the USA must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.

7. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

8. Notification
Successful submissions will receive an online Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

9. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order to be screened at the Cinema Los Angeles, as well as a back-up Blu-ray. The film title MUST be clearly labeled on the DCP and Blu-ray.

Blu-ray will be used as back-up only. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support DVD, tape, 35mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or double-head formats.

A selected DCP must be received at Cinema Los Angeles no later than 30 days prior to its scheduled screening date.

Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection, making DCP screenings look incredible. Cinema Los Angeles aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Cinema Los Angeles assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival DCP.

10. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Cinema Los Angeles. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, USA reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

11. Festival Awards
Jury prizes for Feature Films: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Discovery Awards, Best USA Film.

Jury prizes for Short Films: Best Short, Best UK Short.

If shortlisted for a Jury prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided or authorised by the submitting party if requested by Cinema Los Angeles.

Overall Rating
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    Jim Politano

    Well, I'm not sure what happened or why. I got accepted, but never heard back again from anybody at the festival. I didn't know when or where it would screen. I was planning on making the trip from Arizona and attend, but the day of the festival came and went. Never heard if they wanted a DVD or digital or what. Nothing. I was accepted into 52 festivals the last two years, and this never happen with the others. They had my e-mail and contact, so no excuse. I'm wondering now if they even screened my movie. I have a new short just finished, but I'll pass on this festival from this point on.

    January 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Jim, 4 months ago when you was pre-selected we by using the Filmfreeway option send you the notification letter that your film was pre-selected. We asked you many times to respond us and contact us. But only in 3 months after the festival passed we got this great review from you and 1 star ratting for everything. We never heard back from you anything. You never send us a letter. We think maybe our letters went to your spam folder?

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    Albert Flexas

    Great festival. Thank you very much!

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Albert!

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    Michael Benko

    We were honored to screen in Los Angeles at this festival! It was also a great opportunity for our producer and lead actress who are based in LA to see the movie in a 4K DPC projection. Great venue, great organizers, would be very happy to screen here again!

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Michael!

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    Aaron Hose

    Everything seemed to have gone great here. My only (very minor) critique would be to make a better distinction moving forward between "selected" films and "award winners". I was told my film had won an award, but in fact it was just part of the program as an official selection (which, in and of itself, is an honor, but is quite different from an actual festival award). Other than this, my team and I are very appreciative to the festival for having screened my film at The Crest Theater in L.A. This is an opportunity my film may not have had otherwise. The festival staff were very communicative re. screening times, how to buy tickets, etc. I'm glad this event is a partner of the World International Film Festival (WIFF) family, which may open doors to screenikng at other first-class venues across the world (just make sure to send them a DCP of our film).

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much!

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    Pasquale Moscatello

    This Festival was my first participation in Los Angeles Festival culture. The Crest Theater is one the most beautiful Theaters in Los Angeles. CInema Los Angeles was a first class experience in every way. Chloe Ballande was the perfect hostess and coordinator extraordinaire. I wish to thank Cinema Los Angeles and the Grand Jury Committee for the recognition given to my film; "The Flight of the Gypsy Nightingale" for Best Drama 2016 and Best Film About a Singer SongWriter in the 2016 Festival...Thank you for a most magical event. Pasquale Moscatello, Christina Linhardt and the cast.

    November 2016
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