Celebrate 24 years of FirstGlance Los Angeles Film Festival!
Live and In Person- March 2024- Laemmle Theatres

Be Sure to submit your indie film early!
Special Discounted Entry Fee for all categories!
Sept 1-23 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 from around the world, on beautiful screens in North Hollywood!

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

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ALL Official Selections receive social media marketing unlike any film festival on EARTH and special discounted filmmaker ticket packages!!

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

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

The 24th Annual FirstGlance Los Angeles Film Festival screens local, national and international professional, first time, and student filmmakers, celebrating the best in indie film making from around the world and featuring locally produced indiefilm from Los Angeles and West Coast Filmmakers.

Screenings, Red Carpet, After Parties, Filmmaker Luncheon, and Live Awards Presentation. Nominations in over 20 categories (by the esteemed FirstGlance screening committee and festival director) and Best of Audience awards in each category (voted on by festival attendees), and BEST OF FEST award winners.

FirstGlance Film Festivals are the longest running international bi-coastal indie film festivals in the United States and the WORLD. FirstGlance has theatrically screened over 2600 films to over 275,000 attendees over its 26 year history.

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

Named 5 times as a Best Film Festival Investment by Moviemaker Magazine
Named by Time Magazine as, "One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us"
Named by USA Today, as one of the, "Best Film Festivals in North America"
And consistently, One of FilmFreeway's Top 100 Film Festivals!

FirstGlance Film Festivals: by indie filmmakers, for indie filmmakers!

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 entries, category winner will be awarded a $500 USD 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 (within 45 miles) at any time within a (30 day) 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.

Filmmaker Requirement: A physical DCP will be required by the venue. All Official Selections agree to deliver a thumb drive or hard drive with a professionally authored DCP or will create one to deliver to FirstGlance for Theatrical screening.

Overall Rating
  • Casey De Fremery

    My film “Chorus Notes” played at FirstGlance in March 2024 and it was a great time! Bill put on a really fun festival with opportunities to meet other filmmakers and the projection looked great at the Laemmle, as expected. Solid festival I’d recommend to any filmmaker!

    May 2024
  • Filippo M. Prandi

    Amazing Film Festival! Well be submitting future projects for sure!

    March 2024
  • Zhuzha Akova

    We are so grateful to have been selected at the FG Los Angeles Festival with our thriller short "Klara's Box". Attending the FirstGlance Film Festival was an absolute delight. The event was flawlessly organized, with clear communication from the team throughout. The selection of films was outstanding. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience that I highly recommend to both filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike.

    March 2024
  • Kevin McLaughlin

    FirstGlance showed my short film "Thoughts" at Festival #24. It was a great experience. It's not a huge festival, but that's part of what makes it worthwhile - I met almost every filmmaker involved. Festival director Bill makes sure that everyone gets their moment on the red carpet, is featured in interviews on the website, and gets a healthy amount of time for Q&A after the screening. Afterparties every night are a great idea, though attendance was disappointing. Overall, I highly recommend the festival.

    March 2024
  • Chris Harboldt

    Thank you FirstGlance for making Boss of the Toss an official selection and a best ensemble nominee! Everything about this fest is top notch! Bill does a great job with the screenings, red carpet, interviews and communication. I highly recommend this festival!

    March 2024