Experimental Forum is an international film and video art festival showcasing experimental film and artists’ moving image from auteur filmmakers and innovative video artists from around the globe. Our aim is to provide a supportive platform for the exciting and challenging work that is outside the scope of mainstream film festivals and art galleries.

We welcome experimental cinema pieces (abstract, narrative or documentary), video art works, essay films, artists’ moving image and media art, as well as documentary and narrative films that seek to expand, redefine or reconfigure the means and ends of their respective fields. Experimental Forum exists to provide access to, and develop audiences for, artists’ moving image work and is committed to engaging local audiences with new and/or unheard voices in film.

We are particularly interested in works made by early stage filmmakers and artists whose work is underrepresented. We provide a collaborative platform for moving image works made for the gallery and for the cinema with the aim of building a community across disciplinary and institutional faultlines.

Best Experimental Feature
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Animation Feature
Best Experimental Short
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best First Feature
Best First Short
Best Student Film
Best Screenplay
Best Video Art Film

Experimental Forum is now accepting entries for its 2018 edition festival. We are open to all kinds of experimental films including documentary, narrative, experimental, animation, video art and other genres in any language, from around the world.

We’re open to old or new work and we’re happy to accept work that has already screened at other festivals.

We recommend that non-English language films be subtitled in English.

By submitting, the filmmaker warrants that they are the rightful owner of the submission and do not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal rights.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Experimental Forum, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Experimental Forum is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Jimmy Dinh

    Very nice and friendly festival hosts. One thing they need to do is promote the film screenings more on social media to increase the turnout.

    November 2017
  • Calvin Ferniza

    Great festival for people who enjoy avante-garde and experimental work. Their arent many festivals out there that show work like this so it's nice to be surrounded by people with similar interests. The hosts are great and let the director answer a q&a which is an excellent experience for new filmmakers.Had a great time and highly suggest more people attend and experience others artwork.

    November 2017
  • Andrea Capranico

    An awesome little festival gem in LA, with unique and original programming. Exactly what is needed to explore and expand the boundaries of film language nowadays! Too bad I could not participate, but the constant communication and feedback made me feel I was there. Thanks Experimental Forum!

    November 2017
  • Alberto Martín-Aragón

    I can only say that Experimental Forum is an essential showcase for any daring and avant-garde filmmaker who is looking for a place of understanding and encouragement.

    March 2017
  • Deana LeBlanc

    I think the programmers did a great job of welcoming filmmakers and engaging in meaningful Q&A's. The venue was cool-- a theater off a rad old movie rental store in Santa Monica. Really cool network of people, I look forward to next near, and with more publicity, a growing audience. Thank you!

    December 2016