PLEASE NOTE: We have disabled International submissions at this time as we have received a far greater amount of films in this category than we're able to program. 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.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CYCLE:
Our FEBRUARY 2021 showcase will take place online and celebrates Black history, African and African American cultures. The national theme for Black History Month 2021 is: THE BLACK FAMILY: REPRESENTATION, IDENTITY, AND DIVERSITY. We are actively seeking content that speaks to this theme. Films may cover a range of genres but we prefer family friendly, educational, uplifting and inspiring selections. Submitted films highlighting the National 2021 Black History Month theme are strongly encouraged and preferred. We are also open to smart, "outside-the-box" thrillers that support the theme (but no horror slashers or gore, please).

DUE TO COVID-19 AND ONGOING EFFORTS TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WE WILL HOST SHOWCASE DATES ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

OUR CITY:
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.

MISSION & BACKGROUND:
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.

CULTURAL CINEMA SHOWCASE:
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 films - narrative, documentary, animation, web/new media/experimental, shorts and 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" will have their projects featured during our online showcase, along with receiving official laurels sent via email. Filmmakers from high-scoring films 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" or "Best in Show" etc.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
1. All films must be produced, shot and/or completed AFTER Jan. 1, 2017.
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.
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 in the showcase or received an award, you may NOT submit the same project again.

***UPDATED - TIME LIMIT:
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 limits of all films include the complete end credits.

SUBTITLES:
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.

ACCEPTABLE FORMATS/LINKS:
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.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CYCLE:
Our FEBRUARY 2021 showcase will take place online and celebrates Black history, African and African American cultures. The national theme for Black History Month 2021 is: THE BLACK FAMILY: REPRESENTATION, IDENTITY, AND DIVERSITY. We are actively seeking content that speaks to this theme. Films may cover a range of genres but we prefer family friendly, educational, uplifting and inspiring selections. Submitted films highlighting the National 2021 Black History Month theme are strongly encouraged and preferred. We are also open to smart, "outside-the-box" thrillers that support the theme (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.

FORMATS & SELECTIONS:
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.

AUTHORIZATIONS:
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. 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.

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  • We were so honored to have been selected for this festival! V.C. was amazing and pulled off a fantastic festival online during a pandemic. Q&A was engaging and fun. Congratulations to V.C. for this amazing accomplishment!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your support and kind words!! We were honored to showcase "Heaven and Earth; A Ritual" and wish you continued success.

  • A wonderful experience. This is an extremely well run well organized festival. I was part of a fantastic, fun and informative discussion panel that very well moderated. One of my favourite festivals that I've had the pleasure to be part of.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Chris, thanks for your glowing review!! We enjoyed having you and Angie on the panel and are so inspired by the work that you do!!

  • Adriana do Prado Lisbôa Siqueira

    I really liked to participate in the Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Adriana!! We enjoyed screening your work and hope you'll submit again.

  • Joseph Clift

    This was so fun! I can't recommend submitting to, and attending this festival enough!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Joey, thanks for bringing so much joy and laughter to our panel!!

  • Biswanath Rath

    Highly professional team. Clear and timely update. Strongly recommended for filmmakers.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Biswanath, thank you for your kind words. It was great working with you!!