Call for Entries Opens Sept 1st 2020
FirstGlance Los Angeles Film Fest 21
SPECIAL 1st 21 days- $21 entry fee for select categories!

A 4-night event in Spring 2021 with Live Awards Presentation by FirstGlance Alumni and Director/Actor Raphael Sbarge

$1000 Cash Prize to the Top Judged 1st time US short Filmmaker from our partner Papaya Films.
Open to all first time directors, producers, writers, editors, cinematographers, who are screening their debut film at FirstGlance Los Angeles 21.

FirstGlance Film Fests: One of the TOP RATED Film Festivals on FilmFreeway

Tweet when you enter your film so we can share your news with our almost 50K Twitter Followers.

ALL Official Selections receive social media marketing unlike any film festival on EARTH!

Accepting Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Action and all genres from filmmakers of all genders, races, color, ethnicity, religions and countries.

FirstGlance is an all inclusive and diverse event for first time filmmakers to Professionals from Los Angeles and across the globe!We continually champion amazing filmmakers and storytellers from across the globe!

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

The 21st Annual FirstGlance Los Angeles Film Festival screens local and international professional, first time, and student filmmakers, celebrating the best in indie film making from around the world and featuring locally produced Los Angeles and West Coast Filmmakers

Screenings, Red Carpet, Live Awards Presentation and Nominations in over 25 nominating categories for Official Selections, plus Best of Audience awards for each category, and BEST OF FEST award winners.

FirstGlance Film Festivals are the longest running international bi-coastal indie film festivals in the United States. FirstGlance has theatrically screened over 2200 films to over 225,000 attendees and has the most active Short Online Contest, having screened over 700 short films to over 250,000 online viewers and voters over the past 12 years.

FirstGlance Film Fests have a 98% track record with feature films (Narrative and Documentary) acquiring VOD, theatrical and Pay Cable distribution.

FirstGlance has a deal to license science fiction and horror shorts and webseries with our streaming partner, Gunpowder and Sky's Alter and Dust networks an amazing online network, offering filmmakers a non exclusive, cash up front short term licensing deal with amazing exposure potential.

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 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 for over 12 years alongside our physical festival for the opportunity to win over $2000 in prizes and a place in our next FirstGlance Film Festival.

The Best of Fest Award Winner prizes furnished by Red Giant, Boris FX, Glidecam, Jungle Software, Beachtek, ShotListerApp, InkTip and more.

Short Online Contest- Over $2000 in prizes and premiere at our next film festival, FirstGlance Film Fest Los Angeles (Spring 2020)

BONUS PRIZES: EVERY category that receives over 200 submissions, category winner will be awarded a $500 CASH PRIZE

First Time US Short Filmmaker: $1000 Cash Prize from our Sponsor Papaya Films

Student entries must include copy of current semester bill and copy of student ID which can be uploaded to your FilmFreeway page.
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 publicity you receive. The undersigned entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless FirstGlance Films, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, venues, 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 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 any category for a particular festival.

Overall Rating
  • Just before the world shut down, my short film “Wildflower” made its worldwide premiere at the FirstGlance Film Festival. From start to finish, my experience with FirstGlance was beyond professional. I received regular communications from the festival and was given all of the necessary tools to promote my film from actual press contacts to promotional opportunities and even social media posts. With these tools, I was able to secure a lot of press attention and make new connections. I’m honored for “Wildflower” to have been included in the festival program and I want to send a huge thank you to Bill, the organizer, for being such an advocate for filmmakers.

    June 2020
  • Pandora Heathcoe

    Great way for film makers to get noticed and be able to be judged by the general public

    April 2020
  • FirstGlance is a world class film festival! From the communication to the EXCELLENT social media (and regular shoutouts) to the venue to the help with promotion and so on, FirstGlance may be the most organized, most professional festival we’ve been in. Thank you, FirstGlance, you are the top of the list!

    March 2020
  • John Vogel

    Billy and FirstGlance Film Fest are first class. Great festival that only picks from the best that are submitted. Well done!

    March 2020
  • Owen Korb

    We had our Los Angeles Premiere for my documentary Pull Up LA at First Glance Fim Festival 2019. This festival is very well organnized with great communication, it made this event function so smoothly. This year the event was held at the Laemmle theater in North Hollywood it was an amazing experience to see my documentary up on the big screen being shown to a sold out theater. The festivals events include red carpet photos interviews and even an award show on the last night! This festival also got me really focused on my social media advertising and really helped get me the exposure I needed online. I would like to thank Bill and his team who run the festival for all there hard work and congratulate them on 20 years of keeping First Glance Film Festival on top.

    Hope to submit more films to them in the future,

    Owen Korb

    April 2019