KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival experienced an amazing collective of filmmakers/screenwriters/podcasters, sharing unique projects during our fourth orbit in 2019, so we just had to come back for more magic in 2021! KaPow IFF bridges the most creative, and yet to be discovered, imaginations from all over the Multi-verses. But this “Intergalactic” festival isn’t just for science fiction. Intergalactic is the scale on which we showcase your craftwork! We value the KaPow IFF Community and the satisfying vibes we co-evolve together, where your Futureself connects with their current collaborators. Stay tuned to this page as it updates with participating sponsors, awards, vendors, and more!

We accept all long/short form projects from the following categories:
-Animation
-Documentary/ Mockumentary
-Music Videos
-TV pilots
-Web/new media
-Trailer/Teaser
-Experimental
-Public Service Announcements
-Podcasts

...and NEW this year....

-Social Media Videos: TikTok, IG, Snap, Facebook, Twitter, etc

We applaud creators whose imaginations are so far “outside the box”, that the box doesn’t even exist. If your project is inventive, dynamic, and cosmically inspired, KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival is the perfect venue to celebrate your creations and meet friendly new collaborators!

KaPow IFF is held January 29 – Feb 4, 2021, at Laemmle NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, California. Screenings are projected onto one silver screen.

Laemmle NoHo 7 (818-762-4600), is located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, around the corner of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences! The NoHo Arts District features a mix of over 30 restaurants, bars, coffee shops, pizzerias, and other services, all within a short walking distance of the festival. It is also a block from the North Hollywood Redline Station (which is 1 subway stop away from Universal Studios and 2 stops away from the Famous Hollywood Blvd Chinese Theatre)!

Numerous lodging options are available within a few mile radius. Here's a link to some hotels/motels - http://bit.ly/2qYjVVh
Affordable rooms/houses in walking distance from Laemmle NoHo7 can be found at - http://airbnb.com (search: "North Hollywood, CA). Our crosstreets are Lankershim and Magnolia.

---PARKING--- 11144 Weddington St. (Next to the Art Institute). The parking structure/lot is also labeled "5250 Parking". With Laemmle validation parking is $2.00 for 3.5 hours + $1.25 every 15 min. thereafter.
Outdoor parking lot: 11231 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. $0.50 per hour, $2.50 for 10 hours. There is also metered parking on Lankershim Blvd, in front of NoHo 7 and free parking on residential streets.
---PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION--- The North Hollywood Redline Station is a block walking distance from NoHo 7.

Projects entered in multiple categories are eligible to win several awards.

Official Selections - Filmmakers will be notified they are an Official Selection of the 2021 KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival. Laurels are sent via email by request.

Nominations - Filmmakers nominated for awards will be contacted after that. Laurels are sent via email by request.

KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival Winner Laurels are given to the winners of each of these categories:

Longform Project:
- Comedy/Musical
- Drama
- Horror
-Sci-Fi/Fantasy
-Foreign

Best Shorform Project:
- Comedy/Musical
- Drama
- Horror
-Sci-Fi/Fantasy
-Foreign

-Best Social Media Video: TikTok, IG, Snap, Facebook, Twitter, etc

Best Project Made in Los Angeles
Best Documentary/Mockumentary
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Original Screenplay
Best Song/Score
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Trailer
Best Experimental Film
Best TV Pilot
Best New Media
Best Ensemble Comedy/Musical
Best Ensemble Drama
Best Ensemble Horror
Best Ensemble Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Best Public Service Announcement
Best Podcast

-NEW this year-
Best IG, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok Video

(Each Winner present at the KaPow IFF Award Ceremony also receives the one-of-a-kind And Highly Collectible "KaPowee" Award)

1. Films eligible for Official Selection will be notified and are eligible for nomination of their submitted categories.

2. Filmmakers who wish to submit more than one project, will pay the full submission rate for their first title, and half the price for each additional title (call the KaPow phone number for coupon code 323-905-2769).

3. All foreign submissions must be subtitled in English.

4. Online screeners and DVDs are accepted for submission and for consideration by the Selection Committee. PAL SYSTEM IS NOT ACCEPTED. We will NOT accept online films for exhibition screening. PAL system is NOT accepted. Only DCP will be screened at KaPow IFF 2021 (*exceptions are on a case-by-case basis, contact KaPow IFF).

5. Online screeners and posters are mandatory and must be uploaded to FilmFreeway’s site. Digital file only.

6. Every filmmaker/screenwriter/podcaster at KaPow IFF is encouraged to stream live on Instagram, Facebook, Periscope, IG, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter etc while in the lobby, before any screening, during any Q&A, and at the Awards Ceremony. (However, livestreaming inside theatre during screenings, are prohibited.)

7. By submitting your film to our festival you agree that your produced work can be uploaded/embedded on our website and social media pages (trailer is also fine if you don’t want to screen your film). The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows to advertise for them without infringing copyright of any kind of form and list them on social media platforms as well as our website.

8. The entry fee is not refundable

9. Rules and terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of The KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival
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~ If your film or music video is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require:
For feature-length films, shorts, music videos and episodic series: DCP, must be DCI compliant (*exceptions on a case-by-case basis, contact KaPow IFF)
One sentence synopsis of film; 150 word synopsis of film
Trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards and electronic press kit

Please observe the running time frames for your submission:
Longform Fiction and Docs (more than 15 minutes)
Shortform Fiction and Docs (15 minutes or less)

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Dave Peniuk

    Thank you KAPOW!! What a great festival! Quick and helpful communication prior to the festival and throughout. We were able to attend both our screening of "The High Five" and the Awards party. Lots of great filmmakers, projects, and people! I'll definitely submit future projects to this wonderfully run and super positive festival. Well done KAPOW!

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    Response from festival:

    Dave, it was a pleasure to meet you and screen your unique and funny film! We look forward to seeing your new projects for KaPow IFF 2021!

  • Heidi Schooler

    The Kapow Intergalactic Film Festival was a wonderful film festival! I loved the extremely helpful staff, who were amazingly patient with all of the set up details , & also very hospitable & intelligent once at the festival. This was a classy bunch of people running it! I thoroughly enjoyed the films, and thought the opportunity to network was definitely available! I also super appreciated how fun the staff was during the awards, after the festival was over, and their kindness with all of their planned festivities afterwards! I would definitely submit another film to them in the future!!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Heidi! This is an outstanding review! These kinds of sentiments contribute to the reasons behind why we love doing what we do. Providing a warm, friendly, collaborative atmosphere is what we're all about and we look forward to seeing more of your creations in the future! KaPow IFF 2021 submissions are now open!

  • I love KAPOW! This festival does a great job with taking care of the filmmakers and making them feel at home. So many great people come to network at this festival for a reason. The Q&A's are curated well after every screening and the filmmakers really get to speak their work into existence. KAPOW also offers publicity through podcasting and not many other festivals would offer this. The awards ceremony is fun and the after was awesome! You can tell that the programmers at KAPOW want the filmmakers to actually get involved by filmmaking together. I'm hyped to see what's to come at KAPOW IFF 2020!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Brett, you're a monster of movie-making! Your desire to follow your heart and instincts, is what enables you to be such a prolific filmmaker. We're looking forward to seeing more of your masterpieces! Submissions are now open for 2021!

  • Such a great festival and people! We had our LA Premiere for 'The Book of Faces' at this event and won Best Horror Short. The hospitality, screening, communication was outstanding. We had fun meeting new professionals and catching up with old friends. Can't wait to come back.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Rus! We appreciate your unique brand of motion picture expression! It was wonderful to meet you and we're excited to see what you cook up next! Submissions are now open for KaPow IFF 2021!

  • Rajnish Sharma

    Great venue, amazing talent on-screen, really cool and welcoming people from the organisers and other filmmakers. An amazing film festival and would love to come back next year :)

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Rajnish, your wonderful vibes help KaPow IFF become what it is! Thank you for your cosmic contributions!