IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the current pandemic the 12th Annual DTLA Film Festival will ONLY be holding it's SCREENPLAY COMPETITION on October 21, 2020. This year's festival will not host live events in compliance with public safety protocols.
The SCREENPLAY COMPETITION we will be accepting scripts in the following categories: Features, Shorts, TV Pilots and Documentaries. DTLAFF is introducing a new Special Category, final feature screenplay of your fully completed film (see more details in Categories and Fees section).

DTLA Film Fest remains committed to its tradition of fearless innovation and diversity in programming.

MISSION:

Set in historic center of the Film Capital of the World, DTLA Film Festival (Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles) has as its mission to exhibit a wide array of independent films by and about groups traditionally underrepresented in the commercial Hollywood film industry, notably women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.

The festival also strives to reflect the unique cultural diversity of the neighborhoods of DTLA and L.A.’s surrounding Eastside communities – home to more ethnic groups than any other place in the world.

Finally, the festival embraces DTLA as a nexus of the New Urbanism movement. It provides a platform for films that explore the history, architecture, cultural diversity and contemporary social and political issues of the modern urban landscape. At the same time, it strives to call attention to DTLA’s historic and increasing important role In Los Angeles’ creative industries where film, music, video games and digital entertainment media converge.

DTLA Film Festival was established in 2008 and proclaimed by L.A. Weekly to be among the Top 5 Film Festivals in Los Angeles. The festival celebrates the renaissance of downtown LA (DTLA) in all its facets - its historic movie palaces, its legendary cultural institutions, its thriving business and residential communities, and its unique ethnic-cultural diversity.

DTLA is the midst of a building boom not seen since the 1920s. Dozens of restaurants, lounges, galleries and hotels have opened in the last year. Established digital and other corporate brands, creative agencies and high-tech start-ups are setting up shop. DTLA is the most exciting place to be in Los Angeles - its new creative nexus - and DTLA Film Fest is the largest film event in DTLA.

Since 2008 the festival has screened more than a thousand narrative and documentary features and shorts. We embrace diversity in front of and behind the camera. We lean toward films that push the creative envelope. And through the years we've honored an array of artists who have contributed to independent cinema Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Malcom McDowell, John Hawkes, Laura Dern, Mark Ruffalo, Charles Burnett, Penelope Spheeris, Allison Anders and Robert Altman.

Our audience is comprised of entertainment industry professionals: producers, agents, filmmakers, film financiers and other film, music, TV, video game, Internet, marketing and fashion industry creatives. Films at our festival enjoy the advantage of being seen by the industry influentials that can make a difference in your film and your career.

In the past our primary screening venue is Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14, the only multiplex in downtown Los Angeles, featuring state-of-the-art a/v equipment and facilities. The multiplex is part of the larger L.A. Live entertainment complex featuring 25 restaurants and lounges as well as the Grammy Museum, the Staples Center and other entertainment venues. DTLA is the hub of Los Angeles, and L.A. Live is the hub of DTLA.

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DTLA Film Festival (Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles) - October 21, 2020.

SUBMISSIONS RULES:

Please read this agreement carefully before you submit your screenplay. By submitting your screenplay, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

1. Original Content: All entries submitted to the DTLAFF Screenplay Competition must be original works by the applicant. If the script is an adaptation or based on source material to which the entrant doesn't own the rights, permission to adapt the original work must be submitted as the first page in the screenplay PDF.

2. Submissions: Submissions must be made online. No mailed or emailed entries are accepted. DTLAFF does not allow changes to the categories after submission. All submissions are final, and DTLAFF does not issue refunds or adjustments of entry fees.

3. Formatting: Screenplays must be formatted according to industry standards. Pages must be numbered and typed in 12 point Courier font. All entries must be submitted in English.

4. Judging: Scripts will be judged based on final scores that cover multiple criteria including, but not limited to, structure, premise, entertainment value, and commercial viability. All finalists and winners are subjectively determined by our judges. All decisions are final.

5. Co-Authors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide how many authors to list on the application and who will be the primary contact email. Awards are given per entry, not per author. Therefore, groups of authors associated with one entry are responsible for the division of award. DTLAFF does not assume responsibility for arrangements with regard to award divisions.

6. Copyright: All entrants are encouraged, but not required to register their screenplays with the Writers’ Guild of America, East or West: www.wgaeast.org/script_registration, or www.wga.org/registration/index.html.

7. There is no limit to the number of screenplays an Entrant can enter. The same screenplay cannot be submitted multiple times under different names. If so, you will be disqualified.

8. Entrant must not be an immediate family member or friend of any of the judges or their respective companies.

9. Entries must be submitted by August 15, 2020 (Regular Deadline). Late submissions will be accepted September 15, 2020, however, higher fees will apply.

10. Completed submission form, submitted electronically via FilmFreeway.

11. All entries must be in English (unless special arrangements have been made with festival.)

Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the festival’s Director of Programming.

DTLAFF does NOT PAY SHIPPING COSTS/FEES OF ANY KIND.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE ENTRANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND DTLAFF, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

Overall Rating
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  • Donna Wheeler

    A wonderful, long-standing and supportive local Los Angeles Festival, full of high caliber films, projects, people and panels. I'm honored to be the 2019 Best Screenplay recipient and I enjoyed and was truly inspired by the attendees, staff, activities, events and every film I experienced!

    November 2019
  • Very professional team. Great communication throughout the whole process. Must submit

    November 2019
  • Amelia Rico

    This was my second year attending, this time as a Filmmaker and Actor, and it was a great experience both times. Looking forward to attending next year as well, God willing, and making DTLA a yearly tradition! 😊

    November 2019
  • What an impressive festival. I just finished sceening short here and their communication combined with all of their panels and events made this such a great weekend for a filmmaker. I will submit to this fest with any project I have.

    October 2019
  • Maia Nikiphoroff

    DTLAFF was an amazing Festival. The staff was on top of making sure our screenings got an audience and the best experience ever! Thank you!

    November 2018