Offering more than simply a film competition, IIFF is a thrilling place to swap perspectives, merge ideas, engage in eye-opening debates, forge new friendships, and uncover unknown talents. It all unfolds in sun-dappled Irvine, California, not far from the entertainment capital of the world. Recent Academy favorites, including The Act of Killing and The Lady in Number Six: Music Changed My Life established early momentum at this festival.

Major film distributors and Academy Award-winning judges infuse IIFF with countless opportunities to champion, celebrate, and enhance promising filmmaking careers. Last year alone, 11 of the festival’s Official Selections were shortlisted for Academy Awards, with nine Oscar nominations between them. With so much talent funneled right to Hollywood’s back door, it’s no wonder so many industry heavyweights pay a visit, year after year.

IIFF eagerly welcomes international and American narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, animated features and shorts, student films, American and international trailers, webisodes, music videos, and feature-length and short-form screenplays. It all converges in Irvine for a spectacular three days. At this unforgettable festival, talent truly has no limits.

The festival thrills at opportunities to honor up-and-coming filmmakers and industry veterans, side by side. Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners have been, seven-time Emmy winning actor Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) , Academy Award-nominated director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond), Academy Award inning director John G. Avildsen (Rocky), Academy Awards Winner Martin Landau, Golden Globe Winner Shirley Knight and Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland.

Submit your best work to IIFF today, and prepare to take your career to new and exciting heights!

Awards & Prizes

IIFF is primed to dole out up to $25,000 in goods and services to its talented winners in a variety of categories.

Rules & Terms


All films must have been completed after January 1, 2015

On-line screeners only


If you like to submit a DVD or Blu-ray it must be NTSC .

Do not send us original masters because the DVD’s will not be returned.

DVD’s should be labeled with the title, running time, email and your phone number.

We do accept work in progress but your film needs to be close to completion for us to be able to make a decision. If your film is selected it must be complete before 12-1-2017

DO NOT send us your press kit until your film has been selected.

All Non-English films MUST have English subtitles

You may submit more than one film. Each film must be submitted separately with your form and appropriate fee

If you like to get a confirmation of your submission. Please enclose a self-address stamped postcard, which we can send back to you.

If you are under the age of 18 a legal guardian must submit for you.

2 Reviews

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    Robert J. Rogers

    Two years ago I sent a feature screenplay about a father teaching his sons morality, and you nixed it. This past year I sent a thirty page apocalyptic horror and it made your top 5. Lol! You're wild.

    Screenwriters, this is a good example of finding out what festivals like, and don't like. Despite the slammin' hot chic on their logo, these guys are freaks. And I love 'em for it! Lol. Thanks Irvine. You're great. Take care.

    R.J. Rogers ...

    January 2017
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    Jim Politano

    Great venue and location near the beautiful Laguna Beach makes this well worth attending, even if you not screening a film here. Lots to do in the area. A mini vacation for filmmakers. Submit to this one for sure.

    May 2016
    Iiff 2018 3 copy
    Response from festival:

    Hi Jim, Thank you for sharing your awesome film with us!!! We enjoyed having you at the festival.