LA International Film Festival is dedicated to discovering emerging storytellers.
Competitive sections for feature-length fiction films; a diverse selection of documentary films; selected to showcase break-out global talent in Los Angeles.
Our mission is to discover and showcase new filmmakers with fresh stories in independent cinema.
The festival includes special screenings co-presented in cooperation with the following Oscar® qualifying film festivals: Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland), Gijon International Film Festival (Spain) and Cartagena International Film Festival, FICCI (Colombia).
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
LA International Film Festival accepts films of any genre in the following categories:
– Features, Narrative, Documentary (over 45 minutes, including credits)
– Shorts, Narrative, Documentary, Animation (under 45 minutes, including credits)
Submission eligibility and format
– All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2023
– Works-in-progress are accepted
Films must be submitted through an online screener.
If the film is selected for the festival, all materials sent to and returned from LA Film Fest c/o theatre venue must be paid by the submitting party. We not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. We will not absorb any fees incurred in customs. All charges must be pre-paid.
For customs purposes, give a value of no more than US$10 and label: ‘for cultural purposes only’, 'no commercial value'.
Successful submissions will receive a filmmaker festival pack that will include important information on sending DCP or MP4 file to the festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the festival.
A selected DCP must be received no later than 17 days prior to its scheduled screening date. We aspire to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. We assume that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival screening copy.
Screenings are scheduled during the festival at the discretion of LA Film Fest. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, We reserve the right to make changes at any time for any reason. LA Film Fest will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in schedule.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection, and no film may be screened outside the festival venue during the festival and before its official presentation without the approval of LA Film Fest.