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 Best of The Fest, 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
  • Tayo Amos

    Enjoyed being a part of this festival. Great venue and high quality programming. Also enjoyed being a part of their female filmmakers block with their podcast interview!

    October 2019
  • Benjamin Michel

    Great festival. Looking forward to seeing how it grows in the future.

    October 2019
  • Anthony Quinn

    Delighted to have been selected and thrilled to have won a Diversity in the Arts award for our film Gone.

    Great communication from the team in LA, who made us feel part of the event although we were in London.

    September 2019
  • I had the pleasure of knowing Sonja and Nick through mutual colleagues and friends. They are hands-down two of the most supportive and genuine people in the industry! If it were not for them believing in my directorial feature film, I seriously do not know where I would be, as well as the project itself. It is TOUGH when you are a "first-time/unknown" director who is just trying to showcase a recent project. Sonja and Nick never question one's project. It was an awesome perk to hear that our leading actress WON!

    I was also extremely grateful for the promotional services and Sonja always keeping me up-to-date with everything. These are KEY factors in my experience as a festival goer, where you want a coordinator to be informative as possible like Sonja was. Nick is also one cool fella and his podcast - Film Forward - was one of the best podcasts I had the pleasure of being a guest on.

    DO submit your film here because I had a blast being both an official selection and as a film audience member. Plus, everyone - both the other filmmakers and audience - are always supportive and grateful to be there :)

    September 2019
  • Thiago Dadalt

    To all filmmakers out there making films that matter, LADFF is an awesome Festival in L.A. Nick and Sonja are the best hosts and know how to treat their guests. I can't wait to be back soon :)

    September 2019