The Los Angeles International Film Festival s is a film festival for truly independent shorts and features, and aims to become a headline event for micro-budget and no-budget films in North America. LAIFF offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements in the center of the movie making industry.

We’ll screen over 60 features and shorts over 5 days at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, one of greater LA'’s favorite indie film festival venues.

LAIFF leverages the strength of LA’s independent filmmaking community to put on a fantastic festival complete with networking events and educational sessions. It’s an indie film festival by and for indie filmmakers.

Film Awards:
Feature Film (budget under $1m USD)
Micro-budget Feature (budget under $250k USD)
No-Budget Feature (budget under $25k USD)
Documentary Feature
Short Film
Short Documentary
Animated Short
Experimental Short
Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Short Short (under 5 minutes)
Music Video

Screenplay Award categories:
Feature Screenplay
Comedy Screenplay
Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay

All USA or international features and short from any genres, made with independent spirit and low budgets

Overall Rating
  • john Meyers

    One of the better run virtual festivals we've experienced with our feature, Being Dead. Thanks to everyone at LAIFF for including us!

    November 2020
  • J.R. Poli

    Top notch festival!!!! Its hard to find a first-year festival that is as organized and as amazing as this one! Even though certain things were against the organizer and her staff (Covid-19), they still managed to pull off what I feel was an incredible week of films and connections. Their website is incredibly nice and not thrown together, their responses are extremely quick, but's their support and kindness that makes this a must for independent filmmakers. If they managed what they did virtually, being restricted by so much....Imagine what they can do with a LIVE festival.

    November 2020
  • Marla Antinoro

    What a wonderful, well run festival. Great communication, personal and inclusive. They make you feel like you are part of something bigger. I would definitely submit again. I can’t wait to go in person, next time and meet everyone. First class!

    November 2020
  • Naida Osline

    Although it was LAIFF's first year, Natasha Marburger has brought her years of experience from other festivals to it. We were very happy that our film HOMETOWN Hometown Proud was included. Natasha created a very welcoming experience and a professional environment with the addition of Q&As with the filmmakers, along with very informative panel discussions dealing with the nuts and bolts of independent filmmaking.

    November 2020
  • Hudson Hillin

    It was great to be included in this festival. Thank you for hosting our film. Great communication and amazing programmers who went above and beyond!

    November 2020