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
Best Actress
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
  • Excellent communication and always very friendly, Matt was incredibly receptive and polite. Our communications were very helpful, welcoming, and quick with response. Thank you, Matt!

    November 2019
  • patrick moser

    An incredible experience, thoughtful and creative, a festival with a heart and an edge.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Patrick! Very kind of you. Thank you for being part of Film Crash 2018!! Your movie rocked!

  • A very well organized festival by seasoned and enthusiastic Matthew Harrison. The warmest welcome of any festival during my career and great support for indie filmmakers with unique storytelling styles. Film Crash Festival is a model for inspiring young filmmakers to take risks. Thank you for a great festival experience!

    December 2017
  • Spencer Williams

    We couldn't have asked for a better experience than the one we had with Film Crash. It has opened many doors for a film that a platoon of creative and passionate student artists made, with their blood, sweat, and tears. Being selected, and ultimately winning our category, at such a venerable and respected festival, has created a surge of interest in us all as filmmakers, which excites us all to no end. We communicated with Matthew Harrison, who is the epitome of class with his kind generosity, electric enthusiasm, and love of film. His energy resonated with all those who interacted with him, and we wish Matthew and the FilmCrash family continued success, and that the festival runs for a very long time. Thank you for igniting a sense of excitement and pride in over 20 young (and 1 older) filmmakers. Any artists submitting their film to FilmCrash guarantees them an amazing and rewarding experience.

    October 2017
  • Fantastic festival and really recommended to independent filmmakers! Great communication and organisation! Thanks again for hosting our American premiere of "A Universal Love Story"!

    October 2017