MISSION STATEMENT: To provide filmmakers, actors, and stories of diverse backgrounds with a place to showcase their voice without judgment or insincere reflection: Free of stereotypes and degradation. Our goal is to establish a true multicultural experience represented by the world’s independent film community.

We support the following topics, filmmakers and communities: LGBT, Disability Culture, Racial/Ethnic Diversity, Religious Diversity, Family structures, as well as other social diversities including the aging population and youth in cinema.

We have several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Performance, Best Documentary, Audience Award and more.

Submitting your film to the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (LADFF) in no way implies any ownership rights by LADFF to the submitted film. Submitting your film to LADFF does not imply that you have been accepted into LADFF.

To be eligible to screen, your film does not have to be a Premiere. Films must be original works, or you must have official permission and licensure to exhibit someone else's work. If you submit a film with copyrighted or trademarked materials, and you do not have written permission to use them, you are not be eligible to screen.

Films can be original or adapted works, but you must have written permission to use copyrighted or trademarked content. Your film must be in English, or subtitled in English.

LADFF will accept films that are Works-In-Progress, however, if the film in question is accepted, LADFF will only exhibit a complete and finished product. If entering more than one film, the filmmaker must submit separately.

LADFF does not return submitted materials, therefore please do not send master copies.

We accept all submissions that fit directly or indirectly with our Mission Statement. LADFF will not screen pornography, nor what we deem to be true cruelty to animals, humans, or true cruel and unusual behaviors otherwise.

You hereby grant LADFF the right to utilize any excerpt from your submitted film for promotional purposes. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements. By submitting your film to this festival, you agree that, if your film is selected by LADFF, You grant a NON-exclusive license to use, display, exploit and exhibit Your name, trade names, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, still images, moving images, audio sounds, your submitted film, material, information, and/or any other things received by LADFF, whether by physical or electronic delivery (including material and/or material(s) here, and above and below herein), publicly, at LADFFs sole discretion to promote, market and advertise the festival. You also authorize LADFF to place your images and synopsis on our website.

The individual or company submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless the Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening items entered. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

Except for payments due collected by LADFF as stated herein or on LADFF website(s), LADFF liability for any damages caused to You as a result of performance or non-performance or damage under, or not under, this agreement shall be limited in all circumstances to an amount no greater than one U.S. dollar ($1.00).

By entering LADFF, all entrants agree to the complete contents of the LADFF Terms and Conditions found on the official LADFF website. All entrants release and waive any claims with regard to LADFF and agree to hold harmless LADFF and/or all related entities from and against any and all claims of any kind that are or could be asserted with respect to any festival related matter whatsoever, in perpetuity. All information by LADFF, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice.

Overall Rating
  • Small, but first-class film fest run by quality film lovers who showcase daring, topical films. Sonja and Nicholas are filmmakers themselves so all their small touches (well run Q&A, gift bag) really make you feel special. They also know how to curate a diverse line up of movies that live up to the film festival's title. I would definitely would come back to LADFF to show my next film.

    August 2017
  • Luciana Canton

    I cannot recommend enough this great film festival.

    August 2017
  • Eva von Schweinitz

    I could not attend myself, but a team member went and loved the whole atmosphere, the venue, the people, and quality of films! So I was honored to learn that "Heads or Tails" won Best Short Film!
    Email communication with the festival was great, they were extremely quick to respond, always friendly, and very helpful, even with last minute requests. I hope this festival keeps growing.

    August 2017
  • Randy Caspersen

    This is a well-run and thoughtful film festival focusing on a wide range of voices of diversity. I had an enthusiastic audience and a great Q & A with LA writer David Radcliff. Though it is a smaller venue, I have had someone from Showtime and Seed & Spark talk to me about possible distribution of my film. Thanks to festival director Sonja Mereu and Program director Nicholas Ybarra for the great communication and support!

    August 2017
  • Kai Armstrong

    The is a great festival to be a part of! Everyone is genuinely passionate about diversity in filmmaking and storytelling. Although it's in the middle of Hollywood, the great vibe you get is more about the joy and the art of filmmaking rather than the glitz and glamour of it. All the films showcased were thought provoking, entertaining and well crafted. They were very encouraging to all the younger filmmakers in attendance as well. We enjoyed this festival very much!

    August 2017