*** We are currently taking submissions for the 2020 event! ***

Let's celebrate the diversity of international cinema in the city that has been continuously shaping this industry and art form since the beginning of its history. LA Festival of Cinema aspires to showcase the newest talent in the independent film industry and create an event where films of different backgrounds can provide entertainment for anyone who's a fan of cinema.

The Venue
Our venue, Beyond Baroque is a regular host of cultural events and film screenings, located in the center of Venice Beach, its cultural and cozy atmosphere will provide the perfect venue for our film festival.

Program/Official Selection
We aim to create a festival program expressing the diversity of international independent cinema. We will select the best, and most interesting submissions to be screened in front of the live audience of Beyond Baroque.

Filmmaker Roundtable on Distribution for Indie Filmmakers
Moderated by a local industry professionals, all attending filmmakers will be invited to participate in an intimate roundtable concerning issues of distribution in the independent filmmaking world. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to receive feedback & advice tailored to your project!


LAFC is run in association with Close:Up, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking. By establishing a working network among filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences.

✧ The best films of each category will go on to compete for the festival awards, which will be handed out in various categories.
✧ We will be conducting interviews with attending filmmakers at the event.
✧ In addition to certificates and laurels, winners will also receive invitations to VOD distribution deals.

✧ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

✧ All films must have been made in or after 2015.

✧ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✧ By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at Beyond Baroque, on April 5th.

✧ Nominations: All films nominated for every category.
Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.
Award Winners: Chosen from both the Nominations and the Official Selection.

✧ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✧ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

✧ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✧ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✧ We cannot provide refunds.

✧ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

✧ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Ben Pfeiffer

    Thorough and efficient communication. Very accessible and passionate team. Great sense of community.

    April 2019
  • Phillip Hollins

    Thank you so much for selecting "Blackballed-Pilot" as a Finalist for Best Writer in your festival. Really wanted to be there but I'm just extremely appreciative to be part of a talented group of writers throughout the entire process.

    April 2019
  • Karoline Hallengren

    Amazing festival. The communcation is perfect - and I got all needed answers for my questions up to the festival event. Thank you so much to the Jury for giving us the award of "Special Mention". We are so incredibly happy. My actor went to LA to attend the festival and represent us, and he had such a great experience. So, thank you so much for making it happen! :)

    April 2019
  • Jamin Bricker

    LAFC put on a great event in Venice. Communication was fantastic and they showed good movies. I'd submit again.

    April 2019
  • Matt Page

    Really positive experience submitting and screening my short at LA Festival of Cinema. The organisers were communicative and super helpful. Lovely venue. Recommended!

    April 2019