Film Crash is an annual film festival showcasing independent short films. The programmers select a group of films, screening in one day in Los Angeles. Awards are presented. Film Crash was born out of the creative tempest of Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side during the Roaring 80’s. Known for creating a vibrant film community encouraging people and ideas to “crash” together, Film Crash has multiplied and traveled the globe. We look forward to your films.

First Prize Short Film
Best Actor
First Prize Student Film
First Prize Animated Film
First Prize Documentary
First Prize Drama
First Prize Experimental Film
First Prize Comedy

Rules and Regulations for Film Crash

The mission of Film Crash (Festival) is to build community and create a platform for filmmakers to reach an audience for their work. Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review this document carefully.

Submissions are accepted only through FilmFreeway. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

Work-in-progress version
Work-in-progress will not be accepted. All works must be in completed form.

Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.

Awards & Prizes
Film Crash reserves the right to alter the titles and descriptions of all awards and prizes.

To be eligible for consideration:
(1) Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.
(2) Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

If your work is selected
(1) You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at Film Crash; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at Film Crash; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless Film Crash its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at Film Crash
(2) Upon notification of Acceptance filmmakers must provide access to a digital file of their film as per instructions.

Overall Rating
  • Jane Brill

    Film Crash is a fabulous festival! I'm honored to have been included, to win best documentary and to now be a part of this ongoing family! Thank you so much!!!

    November 2022
  • Jason Perryman

    What a lovely festival. Was great as it has a more intimate up close and personal approach from the organisers toward the film makers and much attention is given and felt from them, the love and friendship is very appreciated.

    Much talk is given to each film maker about themselves and their film and it's a delight that very nicely made awards were given to the film makers.

    I had a very special time with fond memories of everyone that organised and attended this friendly attention giving festival in it's terrific venue with a big screen in the movie theatre, and you come away actually making friends who you will stay in touch with.

    November 2022
  • Diana Lee Woody

    Great festival I had a wonderful time watching the fabulous movies and meeting the filmmakers. Very friendly and warm group of people running the festival.

    October 2022
  • Tina Gu

    Great crash! Met a lot of filmmakers, tasteful selection for the screening! Would love to come around.

    October 2022
  • Ruby Baker

    We absolutely loved being part of FilmCrash. The most delightful personal communication made us feel very special and though we couldn’t be there, they sent us video of the q&a, photos etc so we felt very included, and our star who won Best Actor, attended and was looked after beautifully. Highly recommend.

    December 2021