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.

The 11th Annual DTLA Film Festival will be held October 23-27, 2019. 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.

This year's festival will be bringing back it’s screenwriting competition accepting features, shorts and TV Pilots. The majority of the festival's 100+ screenings this year will continue to be reserved for movies of all genres and themes. Brand new to DTLA Film Fest is the Dome Film Series, which will highlight new immersive media technologies and continue to encourage media pioneers to explore stories in new formats. DTLA Film Fest remains committed to its tradition of fearless innovation and diversity in programming.

Prizes are awarded in all the major categories (best picture, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, actors etc.), divided by genre: narrative feature, documentary feature, dome film, and shorts.

InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.
Winners of the screenwriting competition will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

DTLA Film Festival (Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles) - October 23-27, 2019.


DTLA Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the festival.

1. Entries must be submitted by April 1, 2019 (Regular Deadline). Late submissions will be accepted June 21, 2019, however, higher fees will apply.

2. Completed submission form, submitted electronically via FilmFreeway. DVD's are not accepted.

3. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles (unless special arrangements have been made with festival.)

4. If selected to screen at DTLAFF 2019, all filmmakers of feature-length films including documentaries are required to submit a DCP screening copy (must meet the below DCP Hard Drive requirements) and a back-up Blu-Ray. Entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to DTLAFF. Screening copies (DCPs and back-up Bly-Rays) will be available for retrieval by the filmmakers or his/her designated representative at the filmmakers’ cost at the conclusion of the festival.

DCP Hard Drive Formatting
·We are only capable of playing two types of aspect ratios in our cinema (Flat and Scope):
1. 2K Flat (1.85:1) Resolution: 1998x1080
2. 2k Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 2048x858
3. 4k Flat (1.85:1) Resolution: 3996x2160
4. 4K Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 4096x1716
The L60/alchemy can do max:
3D @ 2K resolution - 120 fps total - i.e. 60 per eye.
3D @ 4K resolution - 60 fps total - i.e. 30 per eye.
·Please note the hard drive that will hold the DCP must be formatted for Linux EXT2, or Linux EXT3 to work properly with the servers.
·Your content must be PC compatible as our projectors will not read MAC files.
·The content needs to be an unencrypted wrapped DCP file (It can be encrypted as long as we have keys/KDMs).
NOTE: For shorts and Web series and TV pilots if selected your final screening copy must be:

Quicktime .mov format
ProRes 422 HQ codec
Uncompressed Stereo or 5.1 surround Linear PCM audio embedded in the QT file
1 second of black & silence at the beginning and end of the QT files
For publications purposes, if your film/video is selected for screening, entrants must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300 dpi, under 2K. Selected filmmakers have the option of submitting a standard size movie poster which will be displayed prior to their screening.

For Immersive Dome Film submissions, we are only capable of playing FullDome format (1:1) in our cinema:
1. 3K FullDome (1:1) Resolution: 3000x3000
2. 4K FullDome (1:1) Resolution: 4000x4000
3. 6K FullDome (1:1) Resolution: 6000x6000
·Please note the hard drive that will hold the DCP must be formatted for exFat.
·Your content must be PC compatible as our projectors will not read MAC files.
·The content needs to be an unencrypted wrapped DCP file (It can be encrypted as long as we have keys/KDMs).

If selected, we will need you to submit a final version of your project in one of the formats below:

1. As separate audio/video files:
Video: Codec: h265 (HEVC) Container: mp4 Color depth: 24 bit RGB
Audio: Stereo - 5.1 surround (L/C/R/Ls/Rs/LFE) in uncompressed WAV format, 16-bit, 48 kHz. Filenames identical to frame filenames according to the scheme above („MyWork_C.wav“, „MyWork_L-wav“, etc.): for synchronization, the sound must begin with the first frame.
2. As a Traditional Domemaster:
Each frame of the movie is submitted as a sequentially numbered JPG, PNG, or TIFF file. Audio is submitted as a WAV or MP3 file. The DTLA Film Festival is then responsible for encoding this material into a video/audio format that will play with the highest possible quality. We recommend this approach. (An AC3 5.1 channel file can be submitted in addition to the stereo sound file. However, the 5.1 file is not guaranteed to be used in the film festival exhibition.)

NOTE: Only electronic images will be accepted for the official festival catalog-program. We also encourage submitting as much publicity material that is available and a complete credit list. These additional materials cannot be returned. Any materials that entrants wish to be seen by the programming committee should be submitted in duplicate with this application.

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


Overall Rating
  • Kase Pena

    I totally LOVED having been a part of this festival and I look forward to hopefully returning with my future work as well as to watch the works of other outstanding filmmakers!

    November 2018
  • 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
  • Sam Bathrick

    Fantastic experience. Highly recommend. Cheers!

    October 2018
  • Joy Shannon

    The Downtown LA Film Festival is a gem for indie filmmakers. They have insight, a heart and are very classy. But better, they are committed to the voice and POV of all indie filmmakers -- women and filmmakers of color are supported. And support to all is so important during the indie filmmaker's journey. This festival will always have a warm place in my heart.

    October 2018
  • We should have more Festivals like this! I felt very welcome and it would be awesome to come back next year!!

    October 2018