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 Task Force (HRTF) promotes and celebrates diversity in Huntington Beach through education and understanding. 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 are hosting cultural showcases throughout the year.

We host a series of cultural cinema showcases each year in celebration of Black History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, National Hispanic - Latinx Heritage Month, and Native American - First Nations Heritage Month. Using the arts as a bridge, we curate and select a variety of short films - narrative, documentary, animation, web/new media/experimental, super shorts (3 minutes or less) - to share with the local community.

Although we do not offer cash awards, submissions that are designated as "Official Selection" "Semi-Finalist" "Finalist" or "Award Winner" will have their projects featured during our online showcase, along with receiving official laurels sent via email. Our high-scoring filmmakers may be invited to participate in a live, digital panel where members of the press are often invited. Some films will receive the highest honors (acknowledgements) and be chosen as "Jury Selection" "Programmer Selection" "Mayor Selection" and "Best in Show".

1. All films must be produced, shot and/or completed AFTER Jan. 1, 2018.
2. May not submit to more than TWO categories.
3. If you previously submitted a film that was not selected, you may resubmit if it meets all of the submission guidelines of the current showcase cycle.
4. If your film previously screened or received an award, you may NOT submit the same project again.

1. We have created a new category for this cycle called "Extended Play" for films/video projects that are LONGER than 20 minutes.
2. All film/video projects over 2 hours will be automatically disqualified.
3. The TRT of 2 hours includes credits.

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. Films without subtitles will be accepted but may not be ranked as high if the screeners are unable to understand the context.

1. FilmFreeway, Vimeo, or YouTube. Any other format and the project 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 be sure the password is correct. Projects with incorrect passwords may be disqualified.

Our November 2020 showcase will take place online and celebrates Native American-First Nations filmmakers, communities, tribes and culture. We are actively seeking content that is family friendly, educational, uplifting and inspiring. Submitted projects highlighting thematic elements of adventure, fantasy and surrealism are highly encouraged. We are open to smart, "outside-the-box" thrillers but no horror (slashers or gore), please.

All films must be submitted online via FilmFreeway. You may also submit links for Vimeo and YouTube where your projects are featured via FilmFreeway. However, please remember to include passwords, if necessary.

Currently, we do not accept DCP formats. If selected, you must allow us to download an MP4 file or email a digital file of your project (MP4 preferred) and/or photographs to showcase, per instructions you will receive from showcase coordinators. Selected high-scoring submissions will have the opportunity to participate in a live, online panel to discuss their projects.

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 Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase 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.

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
  • A wonderful showcase put on by amazing people who care about those actively creating change through filmmaking. Can't recommend enough.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Natasha, it was such a joy meeting you and screening your amazing film, "Chatter". Thank you for your kind words!! We look forward to seeing more of your work. :-)