The Inner City Short Film Festival is all about storytelling and the documentation, exhibition, collection, preservation and study of the stories not only the filmmakers will share, but every awardee, presenter, viewer and participant will share. This entire event and its content will be recorded as a part of our Cultural Legacy Project and ultimately housed in the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Library, "A Place Where You Check Out Art or Check Art In.™".

This new facility will house the collected works of co-founder, artistic and executive director C. Bernard Jackson (d), Inner City alumni and LA based artists, arts organizations and other cultural workers like you.

Your participation means so much to us as we look forward to the next half century. As C. Bernard Jackson aka as Jack Jackson said at the beginning of the Inner City journey "Art may be the only tool we have left to save ourselves from destruction."

So, if we do not tell our stories and house them for our current and future posterity, who else will? This is how we will save ourselves, our progeny and ensure our life's work, culture and history is secured. Thank you for being a part of the Inner City Cultural Center journey.

The number of winners will be determined by Sponsor and number of entrances, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Each winner will receive one (1) prize. The following prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Contest: A trophy and/or a certificate and will be housed in the Cultural Legacy Project – The LAICCC/C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Library for future programs and exhibitions.

The Contest is open only to individuals nine (9) years of age or over and have a valid email address.

1. SUBMIT A SHORT to document your experience at INNER CITY CULTURAL CENTER. Create an “Inner City Ditty”...a short story or recollection of an experience with Sponsor that has had an impact or important influence on an entrant's life.

Each individual submission requires a nonrefundable entry fee payable at the time of submission. To submit, each entrant shall upload their film on FilmFreeway.

3. If your film is not in English it must include English subtitles to receive the best possible score.

The Contest will begin January 4th and end on September 4th every year.

Entrants are only eligible to win a maximum of one (1) prize per individual. Winners will have an opportunity to submit a one (1) minute acceptance speech for the festival.

Sponsor will assemble a committee that shall consist of individuals who are authorized representatives and/or agents of Sponsor. The Committee shall contain individuals who have experience in the film and/or performing arts industries. Sponsor will determine the individuals who will serve on the Committee (such individuals are hereinafter referred to individually and collectively as, the “Committee Members”) in Sponsor’s sole discretion, and has no obligation to disclose the identities, names, contact information, and/or any other information of any Committee Members. Sponsor aims to select Committee Members on the basis of qualifications and will make every attempt to avoid favoritism and conflicts of interest in the selection of Committee Members.

By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor the irrevocable non-exclusive right, throughout the Universe in perpetuity, to upload, reproduce, distribute, transmit, exhibit, display, perform, promote, store, share, make available, and otherwise use all submitted film shorts by means of all media whether now known or hereinafter devised for non-commercial (i.e. not-for-profit) uses in connection with Sponsor.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein and for clarity, each entrant agrees and understands that using the film shorts in connection with Sponsor’s marketing, promotion, and/or fundraising efforts qualify as non-commercial uses and Sponsor shall have the right to use the film shorts in such manner.

Additionally, by entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor the irrevocable non-exclusive right, throughout the Universe in perpetuity, to use, publish, and to permit others to use and/or publish entrant’s name (legal and professional), voice, likeness, and/or biographical material in connection with the film shorts, Contest, and/or Festival without further compensation. The shall apply with equal force and effect to any other party that contributed to each entrant film short in any way. Without limiting anything contained herein, the foregoing grant of rights does not transfer the copyrights in any of the film shorts to Sponsor. Each entrant expressly reserves all rights not granted in these Official Rules.

Overall Rating
  • Armin Azizi

    Thanks a million, I hope next year attend in your festival

    November 2022
  • Mohsen Mohammadi

    Such an honor to be selected to Inner City Short Film Festival.

    November 2021
  • JP Snell

    The Inner City Short Film Festival was great, written communication with the festival was clear, concise, and timely, and it was a great experience. I look forward to submitting future projects and participating in future events.

    An Amazing Festival, so happy to have been a part of this historic event!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    It was so much fun planning our new venture of being an online event. Thank you for everything!