Welcome filmmakers and artists of all kinds to The Sunshine State! Please join us in our first year here at the Golden Cali Film and Art Awards! We accept submissions of all kinds, be it short films, features, screenplays, photography, music/score, digital art, or anything else you can think of. If you have a passion for it, then we would love to help you share it with the world! No restriction on genre or length, there is a place for everyone with us! We have a special place in our hearts for independent films with a big heart, where you can feel the passion from the filmmaker, despite the size and scope of the film. We want to champion your projects and give them the audience they deserve.

We don't believe in judging projects simply based on budgetary restraints. We will judge a film with a $50 budget the same as a $500,000 budget. If the heart is there, then we'll see it and be proud to showcase your talents!

Each month, we will be holding smaller virtual film festivals to showcase your hard work! They will be LIVE Events, just virtual, so people from all over the world will be able to attend without even leaving their house!

We want to host a friendly and inviting event where filmmakers and artists can mingle and connect with each other about their passion for the arts, as well as make meaningful and lasting friendships with you all!

Please join us out here in the glow of California!

Award Categories

Short Film
Feature Film

There will also be additional awards given in the case that we get a large enough amount of films in a specific genre (horror/sci-fi/drama...etc.)

We are only accepting submissions through FilmFreeway.

Entrants may submit as many works as they wish, so long as each submission is accompanied with an entry form and fee.

Submissions are open to the US and international entries.

You own the rights to you submitted works.

You don't hold Golden Cali Film and Art Awards responsible for claims of liability, losses, copyright, trademarks, infringement, or credits from your submission.

You give permission for us to promote and share your work on social media.

Overall Rating
  • Joseph Graves

    Thank you for including my film in your festival selections. The staff is very communicative, responsive and helpful. A great experience.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was our honor to get the chance to see your work! Thank YOU for the kind review, and the chance to see your hard work and dedication to your art!

  • Jessi Stevenson

    A wonderful experience! I highly recommend this wonderful festival!

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your support, and for sharing your work! We hope you see more from you in the future!

  • Very happy with the festival, proud I was part of it, thank you!

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    We are proud to support your work! We would love to see more of your work!

  • Brad Look

    Thank you to the Golden Cali Film and Art Awards for considering my little animated script, A Package of Dreams! Thank you, thank you!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the kind words Brad! We are honored that you chose to share your project with us, and we look forward to supporting you in your journey!