The LDS Film Festival was founded in 2001 on the idea of creating a place for filmmakers to network and showcase their family-friendly and faith-based projects to a supportive and encouraging audience.

Over the two-decades of programming, the films selected and presented by the festival have covered a wide range of trending topics, “feel good” films that uplift and inspire, as well as films with the simple intent to entertain and provide a much-needed laugh. Individuals, churches, companies, and organizations are all encouraged to participate.

The LDS Film Festival has promoted cinema as a means of conversation and perspective that often touches the heart and opens the mind. What began as a short film festival, is now a major event that showcases an impressive array of feature films, special screenings, short films, music videos, top-level panels, and keynote presenters.

Focused on helping filmmakers get to the next level, the LDS Film Festival has premiered dozens of theatrical releases and works to provide the best festival going experience possible.

Filmmakers from all faiths are strongly encouraged to participate, it is not a prerequisite to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The festival is not endorsed or owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Over the last ten years attendance has been steady, averaging 4000-7000 visitors each year.

WHY SUBMIT TO LDSFF?

Your film deserves to be a part of this fast-growing festival. We offer a unique atmosphere with countless opportunities to mingle with directors, producers, actors, distributors, and movie-goers who are craving films that uplift and inspire. Forging these relationships and alliances can be beneficial for future growth in the industry. Additionally, the Red Carpet LIVE Award Show is stellar.

Experienced filmmakers share their knowledge with younger filmmakers in informative intimate presentations, and almost every screening at the festival is followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

LDS Film Festival is a great place to begin your journey with your latest project.

Congratulations on getting your film ready for festivals. Our team of judges look at every submission critically and intently. This year categories include:

Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Audience Choice Awards (Feature & Short)
Best Music Video

Awards are given in the form of certificates and elegantly engraved trophies. All finalists will be announced online and in a press release distributed to media and film industry professionals. Winners will be announced at the closing night Red Carpet Award Show.

Submissions open 09|01|2021 and ends 12|31|2021.

Due to the nature of the festival, we hold to standards that exclude the use of nudity or sexually explicit scenes, over the top violence, offensive language, or horror films. Any film having these elements will be automatically disqualified.

Films must be available for screening during March 2nd - 5th, 2022. If selected, delivery of the film needs to be sent to the LDS Film Festival Program Director no later than January 31, 2022.

By submitting your film, you grant permission to the LDS Film Festival to include your film in the 2022 programing if said film is officially accepted. You also agree to allow excerpts of your film (i.e. trailers and highlights) to be placed on the LDSFF website as well as other marketing or promotional purposes.

All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway by December 31, 2021. The filmmaker can only submit original contact and certify there are no disputes regarding ownership with the film. The festival does not pay screening fees or split revenue for screenings to a live theater audience.

The entry fee is non-refundable. Once an entry payment has been processed our industry approved judges will start screening and rating your film. We cannot provide a refund.

Notification of selections will be announced on January 10, 2022.

Selected Films will be provided two (2) All-Festival Access filmmaker badges to the 21st Annual LDS Film Festival.

We look forward to seeing your submitted film and thank you for choosing LDS Film Festival as part of your filmmaking journey.

** A film not submitted by the December 31, 2021 due date that would like to still show at the festival but NOT part of the competition can send a special request to the festival director for consideration..

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  • Jona .

    Trank you for the great communication and hospitality!

    March 2021
  • I have been coming to this festival for almost 20 years, since it started. This fest is absolutely my most favorite festival. The staff are so unbelievable and the accommodations and programs are super. The level of organization is so well done, and the wide variety of submissions from filmmakers ceases to amaze me every year! Looking forward to attending next year! If you are considering this fest, please do so. You will have an amazing experience. Our film had a tremendous turnout due to the wonderful online support and marketing from the festival. Our film "sold out" and that goes to show you how hard the fest staff worked to build the online buzz which let to an amazing turnout. Such a supportive festival!

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    It was wonderful showcasing your film at the festival this year. Keep up the good work.

  • Sherri Whitehead

    Our group has found the LDS Film Festival to be a very positive and supportive community in which to showcase our films and connect with other creators. We’ve been involved for 3 years and have only scratched the surface of all the opportunities available to film makers through the festival. Huge shoutout to directors Kels and Stephanie Goodman—and to the upcoming directors and all others involved in pulling off an amazing festival in 2021! We have benefited from our affiliation and hope to be involved for years to come.

    March 2021
  • Jose Humberto Rosales Gonzalez

    Amazing festival, great organization. I highly recommend it.

    March 2021
  • Mark Rose

    Very welcoming group who appreciated our work - Alaska Long Hunters. Kel's is an excellent host and talented filmmaker himself..

    March 2021