Call for Entries for FirstGlance Film Fest 19 Los Angeles
Opens September 19, 2018
Named one of the TOP RATED Film Festivals on FilmFreeway

Accepting Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Action and all genres from filmmakers of every gender, color, ethnicity, country and level.
FirstGlance is an all inclusive and diverse event.

From first time filmmakers to Professionals from down the street to across the globe!

Features, Shorts, Documentary, Animation, Live Action, Web Series, Music Videos, Original Concept Trailers, Student Films

The 19th Annual FirstGlance Film Fest Los Angeles screens local and international professional, first time, and student filmmakers, celebrating the best in indie film making from across the globe and locally produced Los Angeles Filmmakers
Screenings, Red Carpet, Live Awards Presentation and Nominations in over 25 categories!

March 14-17 2019 at Laemmle North Hollywood!
This year more screenings, more films, seminars throughout North Hollywood and more...

Get ready for our BIGGEST EVENT YET!

$1000 CASH Prize from Papaya Films for the Best 1st time Short Film by a US Director.

Over 25 nominating categories for Official Selections, plus Best of Audience awards for each category, and BEST OF FEST award winners.

Prize Package include production services, gear rentals and post production software.

FirstGlance Film Festivals are the longest running international bi-coastal indie film festivals in the United States. FirstGlance has theatrically screened over 2000 films to over 190,000 attendees and has the most active Short Online Contest, having screened over 700 short films to over 200,000 online viewers and voters over the past 10 years.

FirstGlance Film Fests have a 98% track record with feature films (Narrative and Documentary) acquiring VOD, theatrical and Pay Cable distribution.
FirstGlance has recently completed a deal to license science fiction shorts and web series for an amazing online streaming network, offering filmmakers a non exclusive, cash up front short term licensing deal.

Named 5 times as a Best Film Festival Investment by Moviemaker Magazine
and named by Time Magazine as, "One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us"
And Named One of FilmFreeway's Top 100 Film Festivals!

Semi-Finalists in our Shorts Categories are invited to take part in our very successful Short Online Contest, that has been running twice yearly alongside our physical festival for the opportunity to win over $2500 in prizes and a place in our next FirstGlance Film Festival.

The Best of Fest Award Winner prizes furnished by Sony Software, Entertainment Partners, ShowBiz Software, Movie Magic, Red Giant, Boris FX, Glidecam, Video Blocks, Audio Blocks, Graphic Stock, The Takes, Jungle Software, Beachtek, ShotListerApp, InkTip, Birns and Sawyer and more.
Value of Goods/Services: 20,000 U.S. Dollars Annually

$1000 CASH PRIZE- Best 1st time short content filmmaker (awarded by Papaya Films)
(Shorts, Short Doc, Shorts Too, Web Series, Music Video are all eligible for this award)

Short Online Contest- Over $2500 in prizes and premiere at our next film festival, FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia 22 (Fall 2019)

BONUS PRIZES: EVERY category that receives over 200 submissions, category winner will be awarded a CASH PRIZE

Student entries must include copy of current semester bill and copy of student ID by email. All official selections will be notified of acceptance by E-mail. (Make sure your address is current) Accepted projects cannot be publicly exhibited in the Los Angeles area at any time within a one-month period of the festival start date. If this occurs, FirstGlance has the right to refuse exhibition. After acceptance of projects, the entrant is free to publicize his/her work to any and all media she/he deems necessary. Please notify FirstGlance of any media support you receive. The undersigned entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless FirstGlance Films, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, partners, sponsors, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses(including, without limitations, attorneys' fees). The undersigned entrant authorizes FirstGlance Film Festival, to promote the entry in whole or in part for any publicity purpose prior to, during, and after the competition. You agree to be bound by these guidelines and the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects and to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the contest or the rules. The signature of applicant constitutes that the entrants information is true and correct and agrees to all competition rules and guidelines. Disclaimer: If any categories submissions does not receive high enough scores from our screening committee, FirstGlance has the right to discontinue the category for a specific festival.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival. Thanks so much for our second year win.
    Guy Quigley

    October 2018
  • Eliezer Vergara

    Our film Fractured Souls didn't make the Philadelphia bloc, but it was selected as a finalist to be screened on the itsashort website. Fantastic communication and very supportive of independent filmmaking. If you've got a film - give them a shot.

    October 2018
  • John Anthony Flavin

    As always an honor to nominated and so happy to be part of such a prestigious festival. It proves the hard work my cast and crew put in was worth it. I owe all the fils success to them and to festivals willing to take a chance on a not so run of the mill story.

    October 2018
  • Paireac Keane

    Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this years festival but two of the cast attended and had an amazing time. The fact they received a nomination and an award in the best actor categories was an added bonus. The festival is really well run and the communication was excellent throughout. Would definitely recommend it.

    May 2018
  • Gabriel Gallindo

    A lovely festival to start out the year!
    A lot of care clearly goes into the entire process resulting in a delightful and memorable experience for the filmmakers!

    March 2018