We have disabled international submissions at this time as we have received a far greater number of films in this category than we are able to program. However, we are still accepting all other submissions. Thank you.

PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING: Please review the "Rules & Terms" section. We do four (4) cycles each year centered around cultural heritage. The purpose is to promote and celebrate various cultures. Please be certain your film is aligned with the theme/cycle you are submitting to. Films that are not theme appropriate will be disqualified. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Our FEBRUARY 2022 showcase will take place in-person at a live screening if health & safety guidelines permit. The February 2022 showcase celebrates Black History, Black, African and African American cultures.

The national theme for Black History Month this year is: Black Health & Wellness. We are actively seeking content that speaks to this theme. We will also accept films in general categories and genres that are family friendly, educational, uplifting and inspiring. Submitted projects highlighting the National Black History Month theme are strongly encouraged. We are also open to smart, "outside-the-box" thrillers (but no horror slashers or gore, please).

Huntington Beach is a seaside city within Orange County in Southern California. Known for its beautiful beach, mild climate, and excellent surfing, it earned the nickname of Surf City USA. This event is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force.

The Huntington Beach Human Relations Committee (formerly Human Relations Task Force) inspires and promotes mutual understanding, respect, safety and the wellbeing of all in our community through education and engagement. The Huntington Beach community-wide effort to promote human dignity is an important element in building a better community. In support of this mission, we host cultural showcases throughout the year.

We host a series of cultural cinema showcases each year in celebration of Black History Month, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Native American Heritage Month. Using the arts as a bridge, we curate and select a variety of films in various categories.

Digital Laurels, selected panel invitations, High Commendation films may be invited to screen on Huntington Beach's HBTV cable channel, all Honorable Mentions, Official Selections and High Commendation films will be announced on our website.

1. You may NOT resubmit a film that was previously submitted, whether the film was accepted or not selected, whether the film received an honorable mention or placed in any other categories, or screened. Due to the abundance of films received each showcase cycle, we no longer accept previously submitted films of any kind.
2. You may not submit more than TWO films during a showcase cycle. If you submit more than two, the other films after the first two will be disqualified.
3. You may only submit in up to TWO categories. If you attempt to submit in more than two categories, all submissions will be disqualified.

1. The TRT (total run time) limits of all films include the complete end credits.
2. Any submission exceeding the time limit of the category the film was entered, will be disqualified.
3. The TRT for all films for this showcase cycle is 25 minutes.
4. Any submission over 25 minutes will be disqualified.

1. If your film includes non-English language, please include subtitles within the film or an option to turn them on via other platforms.
2. Non-English language films without subtitles may be disqualified or may not be ranked as high if the screeners are unable to understand the context.

1. Acceptable submission formats are: FilmFreeway, Vimeo, or YouTube. If your film is submitted in any other format it will be labeled as "Incomplete."
2. After 2 or more days of being "Incomplete" the project may be disqualified.
3. If submitting a password-protected project, please remember to include passwords, if applicable. Also, be sure the password is correct. If the project contains an incorrect password, we will make attempts to reach the submitter for correction or assistance. If there is no response, the submissions may be disqualified.

Currently, we do not accept DCP formats. If your film is selected, you must allow us to download an MP4 file (1080 HD) or upload a digital file of your project (MP4 - 1080 HD), within 7 days. You will receive additional instructions from the showcase coordinators. Selected high-scoring submissions will have the opportunity to participate in a live, online panel to discuss their projects. If you film is selected for panel, additional information will be requested beforehand.

By submitting a project to the Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase, the applicant confirms and warrants that s/he is entitled to submit the project to the Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase and has authorization and consent from the owners of copyright and related rights, any trademarked content and/or other subject matter of intellectual property on the content included within the submission. The City of Huntington Beach and all its affiliates, will not and cannot be held liable for any infringements.

Furthermore, by submitting to the HB Cultural Cinema Showcase the applicant guarantees that all rights are cleared, declares to be the owner of the rights in the work submitted and that he/she is authorized to grant rights of usage and/or to transfer it to third parties. PLEASE NOTE: If your film does not have proper releases and user rights, it may be disqualified.

HB Cultural Cinema Showcase, its representatives, authorized persons and/or employees shall not be held responsible for any unauthorized inclusion of any content that might be the basis for third parties’ claims.

The applicant shall protect and fully indemnify HB Cultural Cinema Showcase, all of its representatives, authorized persons and/or employees against all claims, losses, damages, liabilities, and expenses arising out of or in connection with claims by third parties in relation to the submission.

HB Cultural Cinema Showcase reserves the right to disqualify and exclude any film that is subject to third parties’ claims.

Please be advised, WE DO NOT PAY TO SHOWCASE, FEATURE OR SCREEN FILMS. If you have a distribution deal, by submitting to this showcase, you give us permission to display, broadcast, share, feature copyright protected content on our website and/or other online/streaming formats free of charge and without any claims of copyright or trademark infringement.

Overall Rating
  • What a beautiful production in which to be included! Thank you jurors for including my short fantasy drama "Wind Spirits" in your lineup for 2021! I'm honored to be part of your festival, and to have my work appreciated by your curating team. Looking forward to presenting with you in the future.

    December 2021
  • Meredith Thomas

    It was an honor to present “Disconnected” for Hispanic Heritage Month. We appreciate you creating this festival honoring cultural diversity in filmmaking . Thank you for the great festival and the great honor of being named Best in Show.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Meredith, thank you for your remarks. We were so honored to screen "Disconnected" and have open discussion about its powerful message!

  • David Sainz

    The event was very well organized and provided a good opportunity for viewers to participate from home. The curated films were excellent and it was a good experience overall

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi David, thank you for your kind words! It was great to be able to chat with you in real time during our virtual screening!!

  • Thanks a lot for the honorable mention to my film 'A rose behind the mask', fantastic festival, fantastic work and fantastic films!!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nacho for your submission. It was such a wonderful commentary on society and was beautifully shot!

  • Seven Waves

    Thank you for allowing our animated short film "Pururú" to be part of the selection!! And thank you for spreading the works of so many artists of diverse origins ❣ great festival!!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Seven Waves for your kind words. This was one of our favorite animated films. We'll think twice before ordering popcorn during our next visit to the movies!!