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Creative Film Awards is welcoming highly creative commercials, short films, and music videos!

CFA is an IMDb qualifying festival with a bi-monthly selection system. Every 2nd month, we grant 15 nominations - one for each category - that qualify your film for the competition, and give you access to a round of promotions through our social media platforms and mailing list.

In June 2023, all the films nominated will compete at the festival ceremony, at Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. The winners will be screened and will receive sponsorship prizes.

Every two months has its own special guest judge.
Check them out on our website: www.la-cfa.com -

We aim to continually serve the film-making community and grow in a direction that best serves the filmmakers who enter our competition, so if you have any suggestions, please talk to us: team@la-cfa.com

We grant 15 SELECTIONS for the categories — Best Short Film, Best Music Video, Best Commercial, Best Director, Best Production, Best Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up & Hairstyle, Best Music, Best Editing, Best Animation, Best VFx, Best Color — and a give them a round of promotion though our newsletters & social media platforms.

We grant 15 Creative Film AWARDS for each of the categories listed above. All the films awarded play at the ceremony, and receive sponsorship prizes plus an additional promotion round.


The following is an explanation of the rules and regulations (“Rules & Regulations”) governing the submission of a film, trailer, feature, short, music video, web series, reality show pilot, demo reel, short animation, sizzle reel, documentary, short screenplay (hereafter called the “Project”) for consideration of the 2022 / 2023 Creative Film Awards Los Angeles’ (hereinafter called the “Festival”). All information contained in this document shall herein supersede any prior information regarding submission to the Festival.

By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions found on this page, the person submitting the Project (hereafter called the “Applicant”) acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the Project (hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”) whose consent is required to submit the Project to the Company, and has read and understood the submission rules and regulations set forth below:

There will be many submissions, but only those selected will be shown. The submitter accepts that by submitting and paying the submission fee, their submission might not be selected. They accept that in some festivals only award-winning films are shown.
Once submitted the Festival reserves the right to play the Applicant’s work at a live screening and/or screenings with no screening fees or ticket remuneration for the Applicant. This is non-negotiable.
Works submitted that do not meet criteria or fail to adhere to the guidelines, rules and regulations are not the responsibility of the Company or Festival. These submissions may lead to automatic disqualification and loss of submission fee. In order to be considered for the Festival, the Applicant must submit via FilmFreeway located at https://filmfreeway.com or on the Festival’s Home page. The Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is not submitted through this platform.

Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Company will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project’s acceptance status. The Company disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.

Full Ownership:
It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Project from any and all actual or potential legal claims or issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories or libel, defamation, slander, invasion of privacy, violation of rights or publicity, theft or trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of expressed or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). The Company expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to submitted Project, including any content materials that are or may become the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. The Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and hold harmless the Company, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

Submission content:
All of the above types of content will be considered for screening. We will consider content of all types so long as the content is not purely pornographic in nature. Media containing hate speech, homophobia, transphobia and other un-artistically motivated discriminatory content will be immediately disqualified. Gratuitous violence, vulgar language and other similar content will be screened to determine if artistic and within the scope of the Festival, at the Festival’s sole discretion. We encourage all types of art and do not wish to discourage any Project, within reason.

By submitting the project the applicant agrees that the festival may award them a finalist, official selection or category winner and thus the festival may show the project or extracts of the project in Festival-related advertising both online and in print, in perpetuity. The applicant needs to be aware that by submitting the project they transfer all the necessary rights to the festival so that the festival has all legal rights to show imagery from and extracts of the project for all such purposes, in perpetuity. The promotion may include online and social media campaigns like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo and Youtube campaigns as well as print campaigns like poster advertisement or print media campaigns.

Festival Rights:
Company and Festival expressly deny and are not responsible for any promises of offers for distribution. This is merely an avenue or channel for Applicant to submit Project for exposure and viewing pleasure of audiences. The Company is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Company or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.

Festival, Company and its affiliates reserve the sole and exclusive right to change the dates and times of viewing of Officially Selected Projects or dates of Festival. Applicant acknowledges and accepts Company, Festival and its affiliates have no control over natural disasters, acts of nature, and circumstances of emergency that might cause change in dates and times. Good faith efforts will be given by Company, Festival and its affiliates to inform Applicant of any date or time changes in advance, if possible.

Company reserves the sole and exclusive right to choose which works will be shown, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected. Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees.

Overall Rating
  • Pencho Kunchev

    I am very happy that my animated film Roses in the Night was selected in the competition program of the festival. I am also very pleased with the communication with the organizers of this remarkable film forum. Thank you very much dear friends!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    You deserved it - what a beautiful film. Keep creating excellent work Pencho.

  • Teymour Tehrani

    This award is a beautiful edition to the festival landscape. The event expresses a deep appreciation for creativity and aesthetics and awards a wide range of artistic departments for their outsanding contributions to a project.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Teymour - what a kind review!! We loved you and your work and hope to see you in 2022!!!!
    Keep making awesome work!

  • Tomás Welss

    Great Festival. I wish all the best. Greetings from Chile.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Tomás - we loved your animation! We hope you'll come and enter and see us 2022! Have a great rest of your year!

  • Great people, v communicative and supportive of the work.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Lester - it was awesome to have you with us for 2021!

    Hope to see you and your work again soon!