LA Underground Film Forum (LAUFF) is Los Angeles's premier showcase of experimentation in film, video and audio based mediums. It focus on avant-garde, art-house, independent and no/low budget filmmaking.

Our program provides a venue for filmmakers to reinvent and explore new approaches, to foster new forms of media art and to build an audience for such work. We aim to present a wide range of work exploring the many definitions and interpretations of the concept of “underground”.

We’re looking for films made with passion, obsession and drive; films that go beyond expectations and genre; films, video and audio projects that strive to push the boundaries of accepted form and content. A strong sense of authorship is a must.

LAUFF accepts all forms and genres: from drama, documentary, experimental, cult, art-house, foreign language, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, animation, LGBT, indigenous, erotica to slow cinema and video art …

LAUFF Award “Best Picture”
Jury Award
Independent Spirit Award
Audience Choice Award
Merit Awards (Award of Recognition in different genres and categories)

* Submissions of artists’ and independent film from any part of the world are welcome.

* Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the Festival.

* We recommend that non-English language films be subtitled in English.

* By submitting, the filmmaker declares that they are the rightful owner of their film.

* LAUFF reserves the right to use small portions and stills of accepted films for publicity and promotion of the festival event.

* I, the undersigned, do hereby consent and agree that LA Underground Film Forum (LAUFF) and its employees, or agents have the right to present my film and to use these in any and all media, now or hereafter known, and exclusively for the purpose of show case and promote LA Underground Film Forum (LAUFF). I further consent that my name and identity may be revealed therein or by descriptive text or commentary. I do hereby release to LA Underground Film Forum (LAUFF), its agents, and employees all rights to exhibit this work in print and electronic form publicly or privately. I understand that there will be no financial or other remuneration for showcasing the film, either for initial or subsequent transmission or playback. I represent that I am at least 18 years of age, have read and understand the foregoing statement, and am competent to execute this agreement.

* Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, LA Underground Film Forum (LAUFF) is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

* The filmmaker holds LA Underground Film Forum (LAUFF), its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Overall Rating
  • Such an awesome event, thank you LA Underground for presenting my work “Room”/Սենյակ ! Even though I was not able to fly to LA to attend in person and get to know them team, everyone was super super nice by email <3

    July 2022
  • Auryn Rotten

    Big thanks for organising. Super stoked to be part of 2022 event. Wish I could I have attended the screening. But thanks all the same for making my film part of your event. Getting eyeballs on our films is the motivation for doing it all over again. Organisers suggested that COVID-19 was hitting USA pretty hard, so flying over from Australia would have been unadvised + expensive. One note, would be recommending you folks getting an instagram account (not just fb) so we can network internationally w other filmmakers + tag LAUFF in promos. Many thanks for your work in getting our stuff out there though.

    July 2022
  • Carl Hansen

    Was so great to be a part of the LA Underground Film Forum! And such a treat to win Best Comedy for my team's film, ARCHAIC INTERGALACTIC EXTRATERRESTRIALS. The communication was great and really appreciate that the venue was accessible for wheelchair users. Thanks, LA Underground Film Forum!

    July 2022
  • Super sensational and rare festival! They really love underground film. A short documentary from all over the world that I didn't know about, Troma! Message MV, message art film, cult horror, pop funny girls
    story, sad near-future movie, etc. were all brilliant! Great communication, hospitality with three management staff, if you make something strange and want to share it with someone, this festival is a must-have item. No, you have to share. This festival accepts the true underground.

    July 2022
  • David Du

    This is a great festival!! Very thrilled and grateful that my animated film Incent City was selected by the LA Underground Film. Thank you!

    November 2021