Celebrate 23 years of FirstGlance Los Angeles Film Festival!
Live screenings March 2023

FirstGlance is an all inclusive, diverse event for first time filmmakers to Professionals from Los Angeles and across the globe! We continually champion amazing storytellers and filmmakers and from around the world, on beautiful screens in North Hollywood!

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.

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

The 23rd 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, After Parties and Live Awards Presentation and Nominations in over 20 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 2500 films to over 260,000 attendees over its 26 year history.

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 consistently named, One of FilmFreeway's Top 100 Film Festivals!

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

EVERY category that receives over 100 submissions,winner will be awarded a $500 CASH PRIZE

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.

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  • Thank you to FirstGlance Los Angeles for selecting "Overlook" to be a part of this year's festival. We had such a great time attending the screening at the Laemmle Noho 7 and were so happy with the communication from the festival and all of the events going on throughout the weekend. This festival really treats its filmmakers well!

    June 2022
  • Sheri Sussman

    This is such a great festival! We had a great screening with really good films and Bill and his team are extremely organized and take very good care of the filmmakers.

    May 2022
  • Michael Perry

    This is a great established festival. Here are some of the highlights. First, the communications between FirstGlance and the filmmakers are outstanding. There are weekly updates and any questions are quickly answered. The DCP projection and sound are also top notch. The screenings started on time and were well organized. The filmmaker’s luncheon provided a good opportunity to network and meet other creatives. The Red Carpet photo / interview opportunity was also beneficial and a highlight. I highly recommend FirstGlance to filmmakers looking for a place to screen their film along within a great festival experience. Michael Perry (Film: Saturday Night) 2022

    May 2022
  • Alexander Bruckner

    Great festival & team!
    Thank you for having us :-)

    May 2022
  • Theodore Adams

    Excellent slate of films. Top marks on communication and promotions. First class experience!

    May 2022