Welcome to the Golden State Film Festival we take pride in creating a fun relaxed and exciting festival for independent films. For 2019 we have exciting venue announcements making this one of the biggest independent festivals around.

The Festival will feature an opening night party event gala and red carpet awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event.

The festival is programmed and organized by an experienced team of festival organizers. The Golden State Film Festival is designed to be a contending platform for independent filmmakers to promote independent films in California. The festival caters to independent filmmakers of shorts and feature projects looking to promote to distributors and film aficionados in the Los Angeles area and California.

Awards and Prizes TBA Prize package TBA

Submitting your film does not guarantee festival acceptance or screening. Acceptance into the festival does not guarantee award or prize. Submission fee's are nonrefundable. Golden State Film Festival reserves the right to change programming without notice.

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  • Paul Hendry

    Great festival full of quality films. I really enjoyed seeing the films --and my own showing had a good-sized enthusiastic audience. I really enjoyed meeting the other filmmakers and talking film. The awards ceremony in a small West-side bar felt warm and collegial. Peter and Jon are real film enthusiasts and very hospitable, and they put on an event that was fun and iinspiring.

    September 2018
  • John Powers

    As an inaugural event, GSFF was produced exceedingly well. It is difficult to host an event at a multiplex cinema during the summer months, so GSFF staff located a Westside screening room with excellent sound and projection. While interior meeting space was limited, there was an expansive outdoor patio where guests could meet before and after the showing. The 20 guests whom I invited all expressed delight at the experience. And finally, the Awards event was warm and convivial. It was so easy to meet and talk with casts and crews of other films. I definitely will be back.

    August 2018
  • Kudos to Peter Greene and Jon Gursha, who had the courage to direct and to organize a Los Angeles film festival, open to exposing quality work with film, that can stand on its own creative approach and merits, regardless of its topic/perspective, its main form of communication, and the personal profiles or "celebrity" status of its cast and contributors.

    We need more independent filmmakers, experts, and enthusiasts to step up and be as brave, if we're to have any chance of realizing our true potentials and cherishing our artistic frontiers...any hope of making the opportunity to explore and to discover and to communicate more appreciated and accessible to all.

    Many thanks to the Golden State Film Festival for the chance to share/celebrate my life's work in one hour and in a professional environment! I wish this festival all the best and many more years of success.

    August 2018
  • It was a wonderful festival for it's first year. Looking forward to more.

    August 2018
  • Peter put on a classy event in a excellent venue. Best picture and sound I've seen for my film yet. Great to meet other filmmakers. Good turnout.

    August 2018