Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA) is an IMDb qualifying monthly film festival for filmmakers worldwide. 

Since 2017, LAFA has been one of the 30 hottest film festivals on FilmFreeway, and in 2018 it has become the Best Reviewed Festival with 250+ five-star reviews, out of over 7,000 film festivals listed on FilmFreeway.

Our mission is to promote films, and be another step up in the filmmakers' careers.

Each month, our Jury will award the best films through private screenings, and make a special interview with the Best Picture award winner.

* All winners will receive a free certificate (PDF/JPG file, ready to print).

Best Picture
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Action
Best Sci-Fi
Best Fantasy Film
Best Crime Film
Best Mystery Film
Best Parody
Best Western
Best Film Noir
Best Virtual Reality
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Microfilm
Best Indie Film
Best Web Series
Best TV Series
Best Web/TV Pilot
Best Sitcom
Best Music Video
Best Experimental Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Actor in an Indie Film
Best Actress in an Indie Film
Best Child/Young Actor
Best Child/Young Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Duo
Best Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best First Time Director
Best Student Film
Best TV Series
Best Web/TV Pilot
Best Song
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Trailer
Best Original Story
Best Television Script
Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature
Best First Time Screenwriter
Best Drama Screenplay
Best Comedy Screenplay
Best Thriller Screenplay
Best Horror Screenplay
Best Fantasy Screenplay
Best Action Screenplay
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay

* What we’re looking for? Story-based films, which can be in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non fiction), or animation.

* By submitting your film, take note that:
- You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
- The films will not be available online.
- We promote some of the films by uploading the trailers/teasers/posters/production stills.

* We do not accept:
1. Amateur videos
2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
3. Films involving politics / films promoting political agenda
4. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD)
5. Films which were made before 2012

Overall Rating

    This may be the most professional festival out there. Not only do they communicate consistently but they take a personal interest in your success. Thank you for the Best Thriller Screenplay feature award. I would have said the same regardless, but definitely an exciting acknowledgment due to the quality level of this festival. Proud to be a part of it. Writers, this is one of the best, so submit!

    October 2018
  • Mitch Roberson

    The Los Angeles Film Awards is definitely a festival to keep on your radar. They offer categories to the artist that many festivals don’t even consider. I was beyond honored to win Inspiring Woman In a Film Award. So humbled! They go a step beyond for the artist as they want to elevate you to the next level. They help with advertising on all platforms of social media, have open communication and are on their game. I so appreciate this festival and all it represents. Looking forward to the next! Thank you LAFA for you do!

    October 2018
  • I have never been treated so kindly and so efficiently by a film festival. Not only does the LAFA operate on a wildly professional and proficient level, they also are so brilliant at sharing content for films in their festival, in sleek and intriguing ways. Constant updates on laurels in each deliverable form, as well as posts and shares on their Instagram, and most awesomely, a custom still from your film with a review attached to it. This was such a personal touch and so great for us beginning filmmakers especially. Thank you to the LAFA Team.

    Daniel J. Egbert

    October 2018

    We are very honored to have participated at the LAFA film program. It's a very important event in Los Angeles promoting distinguished independent movies. Everything was very organized and the communication was excellent. We were really glad also to receive awards and recognition for our movie. Keep up the good work!!

    October 2018
  • What a great festival, always makes you feel proud of being selected or win an award

    October 2018