Indie Night Film Festival is a weekly showcase which shows between 4-6 short films, web series, trailers or episodics on the big screen at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood!

Dave Brown and Eriq La Salle were fans of the monthly short film showcase by Doboy Dozens and both had aspirations to produce a similar showcase do fill in the void left by absence of the show. INDIE NIGHT’s officially opened at the elegant Xen Lounge, owned by an independent supporter. The film & media showcase took place under the stars in Studio City on the patio of the venue. Often described as a new dinner theater experience; attendees ranged from actors, directors, producers, writers, composers, casting directors, and film school students.

Some of the Past Industry Hosts & Guests
Robi Reed
Lee Daniels
John Singleton
Tisha Campbell Martin
Vanessa Williams
Allen Payne
Morris Chestnut
Salli Richardson-Whitfield
John B. Wells
Steven Caple Jr.
Ryan Prowse
Reagan Gomez
Twinkie Byrd
Ruth Carter
Monica Calhoun
Tami Roman
RL Scott
Sean Riggs
Jensen Atwood
Jeff Friday
Ryan Prows
Vanessa Bell Calloway
Ka’ramuu Kush


****Indie Night Film Festival accepts films year-round.
***You will be notified of your status within 14 days from your submission. Thank you!

Short films, Web Series, Music Videos, Pilots & Documentaries - Maximum run time: 25 min
Trailers & Promos - Maximum run time: 3 minutes
Live Monologues - Maximum run time: 5 minutes
**Feature Films - Maximum run time: 90 Minutes - please email for further information***

*****Please disregard the dates listed on FilmFreeway.

We require that you market and aim to bring at least 35 guests to your screening and have the guest list emailed to us no later than the Friday prior to your screening date.

Upon selection to screen: a $100 Refundable Deposit will be required.  The deposit will be refunded solely based on  a minimum of 35 individuals in attendance to specifically support your project.  Please contact  with any questions or concerns before submitting your project.

As a filmmaker, one of your keys to success is marketing yourself and your product. Use this event as a formal opportunity for you to invite potential industry partners, agents, etc. Also, to get the word out, ask your cast and crew to each invite 5-10 people. Opt to make a Facebook event page and promote via Twitter and Instagram. Follow us @IndieNightFF and use #IndieNightFF to connect with us on social media. You are welcome to use the official flyer and Indie Night Official Selection laurels in your marketing.

There is no cover for the event but there is a venue-required 2 drink minimum at the door. Non-alcoholic ($14 for 2) and alcoholic beverages ($18 for 2) are available.

We need a 1080p DVD copy of your film no later than the Wednesday prior to your confirmed screening date. Please label the DVD with the title of your project, your showcase date, and your name. You can set up a mutually convenient drop off with the director or mail to the mailing address provided. Be sure that your DVD is standard and set at 1080p (if it can play on a BluRay player then it is perfect). Please note it does not have to be a BluRay disc, a standard DVD is fine. PLEASE test your disc before sending it to us. And bring an extra copy of your film with you on the day of your screening.

First and foremost, submitting your film to the Indie Night Film Festival in no way implies any ownership rights by Indie Night to the submitted film. You own your project. If you are approached by anyone to option your film as a result of being listed on our website or being screened at Indie Night, we do not take a cut of the deal. It is your film and all rights remain yours.

You can submit your film online. Only one film per application. If entering more than one film or episode of a webseries, you must submit each separately. Each project is judged solely on its merits.

Overall Rating
  • Dianne Lynn Gardner

    Extremely accommodating festival. I wasn't able to make it to the screening so they brought my son and daughter in law on stage and talked to me via Skype. Good people and amazing hospitality!

    January 2018
    Indienight1 web
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dianne!

  • Such and Amazing and Inspirational event. The host, DJ Q, was amazing and asked all the great questions to the filmmakers that the audience wanted to hear the answers to. Dave Brown was very hospitable and welcoming as well. Such a genius idea with warm environment and the networking after the show was a bonus. I suggest everyone attend this weekly film festival. So worth it!

    October 2017
    Indienight1 web
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ty!

  • Rodney Rosene

    This was an amazing experience. More than just a film festival, it was a great time at the movies. I highly recommend both applying and just joining for a great time! Thank you!

    July 2017
    Indienight1 web
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rodney!

  • Malcom Banks

    Great crowd great host great space!!!

    July 2017
    Indienight1 web
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Malcom!

  • Olga and Andrii Andreiev

    We were happy to participate in such a wonderful festival. We will be happy to introduce new films in the future. Thank you for noticing our films. Until next time.

    July 2017
    Indienight1 web
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Olga and Andrii!