The LA Festival of Cinema was established in 2019 to showcase the newest talents of the independent film industry and create a cinematic event with films of various genres and styles. Taking place in the city that has been shaping the film industry since the beginning of its history, the LA Festival of Cinema aspires to highlight emerging artists and filmmakers using the power of independent cinema.
Our diverse screening program is proof that we welcome submissions of all types and budgets and by filmmakers of different backgrounds.
All filmmakers regardless of experience, country of origin, budget or background are welcome to submit their films. We always create film screening programmes that promote diversity and show us different parts of the world.
LA Festival of Cinema is organised by HFP, a pioneer organisation that runs Film Festivals and other events showcasing and championing ideas of diversity. Through our global series of film Festivals that spread over 13 countries, we open the path to voices with a compelling story to share. Our main mission is to honour independent cinema and establish a network of artists eager to join forces and spread their work across all nations. HFP runs 25 film Festivals worldwide.
✧ The best films of each category will go on to compete for the festival awards, which will be handed out in various categories. Winners receive an Award Certificate and goodie bag.
✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).
✓ All films must have been made in or after 2023.
✓ Short films must not exceed 45 minutes.
✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.
✓ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.
✓ Nominations: These are all the films that have been nominated for an award in a category. Not all nominated films will be screened.
Official Selection: These are all the nominated films selected for screening, which 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 the Nominations (which includes 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 email and our online platforms.
✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.
✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.
✓ 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.
✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.
✓ 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.