Film festival &
Screenplay / Writing Contest 
LA LIVE FILM FESTIVAL’s mission is to provide a festival where filmmakers are treated with respect and given opportunities that empower the filmmaker’s career,  We strive to do things differently than other festivals and part of how we do this is the way we market the selected films. We believe that helping others is the only way to operate and want filmmakers that also have this mindset, so we cultivate a working community in Hollywood that will continue to extend past the festival.

Awards & Prizes
The most important thing to an indie film is exposure, so the film is distributed worldwide and profits are made. At LA Live Film Fest we award the winners just that. Marketing! Our promotions company, Big House LA, will market the films on over 37 Facebook filmmaker forums along with other social media sites, such as those listed below.

General Eligibility
1. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
2. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via the participating submission platform FilmFreeway with a password-protected streaming URL.
3. IMPORTANT NOTE: Film Fest L.A. is not responsible for the streaming quality of online screeners.
4. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record.
5. Film Fest L.A. screens films as digital files from DCP during the Festival.
Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY
1. Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
2. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in the film, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. L.A. LIVE Film Fest expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
Additional Information
1. We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished.
2. Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by Film Fest L.A. in connection with the dispute.
3. You MUST include your physical address either in your entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.
Selected Films and Winners
1. Film Fest L.A. has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: identities of screeners or judges notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or details regarding the submission review or selection process. All information regarding the rating process is through the FilmFreeway rating system provided by FilmFreeway
2. Winners will be announced on November 6th 2021. The judges’ decision is final.
3. Official selections will be announced prior to November 1st 2021

Copyright LA LIVE/ FILM FEST LA Film Festivals 2021. All rights reserved.
Submissions Rules for LA LIVE/ FILM FEST LA Film Festival:
1. Entrants must submit an online link to a screener with password (if applicable). This link must not require download and must remain active and accessible through the closing date of the festival.
2. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying submission link in accepted format.
3. All entries must be in English or - SUBTITLED, DUBBED, unless special arrangements have been made with festival.
4. All films selected for screening grant LA LIVE/ FILM FEST LA Film Festivals the right to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes.
5. Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries. DCP’s and other media will not be returned except for the day of the screening at the theater.
6. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director.
7. Multiple entries in a single festival are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and fee.
8. Entries may be submitted to multiple festivals, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and fee.
9. All fees are nonrefundable.
10. Submitting is not a guarantee of being programmed.
TERMS & CONDITIONS - by submitting to any AFFILIATE FESTIVAL under the LA LIVE/ FILM FEST LA Film Festivals you agree to the following:
I/We wish to have our film/animation/TV pilot/web series/music video/filmed sketch comedy entry(ies) hereby known as “ENTRY” included in one or more AFFILIATE FESTIVALS under the LA LIVE/ FILM FEST LA Film Festivals, including but not limited to LA LIVE/ FILM FEST LA Film Festivals will hereby be known as “FILM FEST LA”.
I/We grant FILM FEST LA, festival director, and sponsors the right to show for promotional purposes on television, on the FILM FEST LA website, on sponsors websites, Social Media, fliers, posters, press releases, festival trailer, etc. any material including the ENTRY and/or stills submitted by me/us with this application. No more than two minutes or up to the length of the trailer submitted by the filmmakers may be used. I/we understand that no materials included with this application will be returned.
If more than one (1) party signs this agreement as submitter, then reference to “I”, “me”, “my” throughout this agreement shall apply to each party; jointly and separately.
I grant FILM FEST LA, festival director, Gilbert Alex Lopez and its sponsors the full and free right and permission to use my ENTRY for broadcast, duplication, and advertising in association with FILM FEST LA, for the purpose of viewing on television, in theaters, on the internet, on the FILM FEST LA website, on sponsors’ websites, podcasting and/or for archival purposes and for any other valid, lawful purpose in any and all media now known or hereafter developed or devised, worldwide and in perpetuity. I may opt-out from any future use by providing a written notice within thirty days after the final date of the festival, stating that my ENTRY may not be used after the closing festival date or receipt of request, whichever is later. A copy of ENTRY may still be kept for archival purposes. I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished videotape, sound track, photograph, advertising copy, audio piece or printed matter that may be used or to the eventual use that it may be applied.
I hereby release, discharge and agree to hold harmless FILM FEST LA, its officers, agencies employees and sponsors, agencies and employees, from and against any liability as a result of any use, distortion, blurring or alteration that may occur or be introduced in any use or broadcast of the material.
I grant FILM FEST LA permission to give a copy of the ENTRY to industry members if requested. Industry, includes but is not limited to network executives, agents, managers, casting directors, press and others that can aid in securing of future work and/or distribution for my ENTRY.
I waive any and all rights to compensation for any broadcast, duplication, and advertising of any ENTRY presented at the festival. All ownership of all ENTRY remains with the personnel who contributed to the ENTRY. I own all material submitted with application and that will be viewed at FILM FEST LA. I understand that FILM FEST LA, its producers and sponsors are relying on this release and accordingly, I hereby irrevocably waive any and all rights to seek or obtain any injunction or other equitable relief against FILM FEST LA, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors.
I warrant that the use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied by me/us will not violate the rights of any third party. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless FILM FEST LA, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors from any claims by third parties alleging that our content or material infringes on any third party’s rights. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall bind my assigns and any representative.
This contract is the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and replaces and supersedes any prior agreement or understanding, verbal or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. No amendment, addendum, modification or waiver of this contract or any portion hereof shall be valid unless contained in a writing signed by both parties hereto.
In exchange for release, I receive the opportunity to have my ENTRY shown at FILM FEST LA and accept that there is no promise of additional payment, in any form for likeness, image, biography, recording, equipment, or for any other contribution by us on this production.
This contract shall be deemed to be entered into in Los Angeles County, California, and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to agreements entered into and carried out entirely within California. I agree that any and all disputes or controversies arising under this contract or any of its terms shall be resolved under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, through its Los Angeles, California office; provided, however that I agree that my remedies for any breach of this contract by the FILM FEST LA, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors will be limited to damages to an action at law to recover and in no event will I be entitled to rescind or terminate this agreement or to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.
I hereby certify that I am over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in my own name. If I am signing on behalf of an organization, I certify that I have authority to do so and that my signature binds the organization and its performers to all elements of this contract.
I have read the foregoing release and authorization and agreement before submitting my entry fee and form, and warrant that I fully understand and agree to the contents thereof.
I am authorized to sign and give consent for everyone (including but not limited to performers, writers, directors, technical crew, distributors) who contributed to all ENTRY(IES) and all materials submitted with this application to FILM FEST LA.
FILM FEST LA reserves the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Very straightforward, stress free and responsive! Had a positive experience and am happy I submitted, thank you for selecting my project "You Were Just Here." Highly recommend!

    November 2021
  • Sassy Mohen

    I loved Film Fest LA @LA Live! First off, you can't beat that venue, what a beautiful and accommodating theater. The staff of the festival were extremely helpful and communicative with me to make sure I was able to get everything formatted correctly to play on that huge screen. Plus, the red carpet and press were very well organized and had great networking opportunities. The atmosphere there was so positive and uplifting and there was a really cool array of films from all different genres, I will definitely be going back.

    November 2021
  • Thrilled to have won the 2021 HEMINGWAY AWARD for my feature-length screenplay called CONJOINED: A HOLOCAUST HAUNTING, based on my latest book of the same name.

    Honored to be included in this year's esteemed panel of women warriors.

    The flair and excitement of the RED CARPET event was a phenomenal experience. Having GETTY photographers was the icing on the cake.

    Edward Bukowski and his staff are a professional, enthusiastic and motivated group who care and help emerging screenwriters, like myself, by promoting their work and offering access to the film industry.

    Thank you, LA LIVE FILM FEST, for recognizing my work! I am hopeful to work with you again.

    Karen Kaplan

    November 2021
  • Jason OHara

    Exceptional experience all the way around! As a 2021 award winner for In Memoriam, we were thrilled to be chosen!

    I would highly recommend LA Live Film Fest - Edward and the whole team truly goes out of their way to make sure that it is a successful event and successful marketing for everyone involved.

    Their communication throughout the process was exceptional and very much appreciated. I'm looking forward to submitting my next project in 2022!

    Jason OHara

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Your film touched the hearts of everyone that watched it. Over 260 messages came in via social media sites and emails, everyone was talking about it after it's prime time screening. We are blessed to have the privilege of sharing your wonderful film.

  • Matt Townsend

    A great film festival. Truly honoured to have my Screenplay 'Mia' nominated. Massive congratulations to the winner Karen Kaplan and all the other festival winners. Thank you LA Live - I shall return!

    November 2021