LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL provides a showcase for the best SHORTS, FEATURES, TV PILOTS, WEB SERIES, MUSIC VIDEOS and ANIMATION. Our dual emphasis is on “discovering” great talent with the purpose of promoting it to both the entertainment industry and the LA public, as well as, showcasing the works of seasoned professionals and well-known stars.

The LA INDIE Film Festival is the partner festival to the well established LA COMEDY Film Festival, Over the years we have had the privilege to work with hundreds of filmmakers who have told wonderfully funny stories. Many have gone on to make great films in other genres.

Every LA COMEDY Film Festival we receive hundreds of film submissions and have been struck by how many of those films we receive that don’t necessarily fit into the genre of comedy, but are nonetheless super films that deserve to be seen by an LA audience and Industry. This made us think how wonderful it would be to showcase all the terrific stories that are being told in film, in all the different, creative ways in which they are being told. And so we proudly present the LA INDIE Film Festival. And of course, comedies are welcome too!

We recently purchased a three theatre venue in the heart of Hollywood. We will screen all films here as well as look forward to creating year round screening, filmmaking and writing opportunities and to that end we have launched 10 new festivals as part of Los Angeles Film Festivals (

This is a bi-annual festival with the upcoming festival being the 23rd LA Indie Film Festival.

There are EIGHT Award Categories for Feature Films:
Best of Fest, Best Foreign Feature, Best Documentary, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble

There are SEVENTEEN Award Categories for all Films under 30 minutes:
Best of Fest, Best of Fest: Short Short, Best Foreign Film, Best Student Film, Best Comedy, Best Horror, Audience Choice Award, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Animated Short, Best Music Video, Best Web Series-Episodic, Best Web Series-Non episodic, Best TV Pilot

LA INDIE Film Festival - LOS ANGELES, CA- Submissions Rules

LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL.


1. Film Entrants must provide a FilmFreeway online screener.
2. Entry forms and payments will not be processed without accompanying Preview Copies in one of the accepted formats for film applicants.
3. All entries must be in English or - SUBTITLED, DUBBED in English, unless special arrangements have been made with festival.
4. All films selected for screening at the festival grant LA INDIE Film Festival the right to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes. Trailers will be provided by the applicant if requested.
5. Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries.
6. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors.
7. Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry and fee.
8. Submissions will not be returned.
9. All fees are nonrefundable.
10. Submitting to the festival for consideration is not a guarantee of being programmed.


The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.


I/We wish to have our film/animation/music video/ entry(ies) hereby known as “ENTRY” included in the LA INDIE Film Festival hereby known as “LAIFF”. I/We grant LAIFF, its festival director, Lawrin Goulston Salazar and sponsors the right to show for promotional purposes on television, on the LAIFF website (, on sponsors websites, flyers, posters, press releases, etc. No more than two minutes of ENTRY or up to the length of the trailer submitted by the filmmakers. I/we understand that no materials included with this application will be returned.

I grant LAFFS, its festival director, Lawrin Goulston Salazar and its sponsors the full and free right and permission to use my ENTRY for broadcast, duplication, and advertising in association with LAFFS, for the purpose of viewing in theaters as part of the festival. A copy of ENTRY may be kept for archival purposes.

I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished photograph, advertising copy, audio piece or printed matter that may be used or to the eventual promotional use that it may be applied.

I hereby release, discharge and agree to hold harmless LAIFF, its officers, agencies employees and sponsors, and LA Film Festivals, Let Live Theaters, The Actors Company, The Other Space its officers, agencies and employees, from and against any liability as a result of any use, distortion, blurring or alteration that may occur or be introduced in any use or broadcast of the material.

I grant LAIFF permission to give a copy of the ENTRY to industry members if requested. Industry, includes but is not limited to network executives, agents, managers, casting directors, press and others that can aid in securing of future work and/or distribution for my ENTRY.

I waive any and all rights to compensation for any broadcast, duplication, and advertising of any ENTRY presented at the festival. All ownership of all ENTRY remains with the personnel who contributed to the ENTRY. I own all material submitted with application and that will be viewed at LAIFF. I understand that LAIFF, its producers and sponsors are relying on this release and accordingly, I hereby irrevocably waive any and all rights to seek or obtain any injunction or other equitable relief against LAIFF, its officers, agencies, employees, Let Live Theatre and sponsors.

I warrant that the use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied by me/us will not violate the rights of any third party. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LAIFF, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors from any claims by third parties alleging that our content or material infringes on any third party’s rights. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall bind my assigns and any representative.

This contract is the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and replaces and supersedes any prior agreement or understanding, verbal or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. No amendment, addendum, modification or waiver of this contract or any portion hereof shall be valid unless contained in a writing signed by both parties hereto.

In exchange for release, I receive the opportunity to have my ENTRY shown at LAIFF and accept that there is no promise of additional payment, in any form for likeness, image, biography, recording, equipment, or for any other contribution by us on this production.

This contract shall be deemed to be entered into in Los Angeles County, California, and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to agreements entered into and carried out entirely within California. I agree that any and all disputes or controversies arising under this contract or any of its terms shall be resolved under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, through its Los Angeles, California office; provided, however that I agree that my remedies for any breach of this contract by the LA INDIE Film Festival, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors will be limited to damages to an action at law to recover and in no event will I be entitled to rescind or terminate this agreement or to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.

I hereby certify that I am over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in my own name. If I am signing on behalf of an organization, I certify that I have authority to do so and that my signature binds the organization and its members to all elements of this contract.

I have read the foregoing release and authorization and agreement, before affixing my signature below, and warrant that I fully understand the contents thereof.

I am authorized to sign and give consent for everyone (including but not limited to performers, writers, directors, technical crew, distributors) who contributed to all ENTRY(IES) and all materials submitted with this application to the LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL.

We reserve the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion.