The Lake Charles Film Festival is an annual event founded to bring the very best of independent film and video, screenplays and music to Calcasieu Parish (in southwest Louisiana.) It was also founded to spotlight and award the achievements of the filmmakers, writers and musicians behind these awesome projects. 2 days of independent film screenings, seminars & workshops on filmmaking, acting, and screenwriting, celebrity appearances, parties, Cajun food, live music, and much more!
We also have a unique award trophy called the "Scallywag" award. Does your film or screenplay have what it takes to bring home a Scallywag?

The 1st place winner in each category wins a unique pirate themed trophy called a "Scallywag." There may also be some prizes given from sponsors.
Any new prizes that sponsors may offer between now and the festival will be announced on our website.


Any film or screenplay submitted must have been completed within 2 years of the festival. Films must not contain any unlicensed copyrighted music or unlicensed copyrighted footage. Also, submissions must not be in distribution. For additional info see our website.

Overall Rating
  • Charley Vance

    All positive. Great people. Great communication. I will enter again. You should too!

    October 2023
  • I highly recommend the Lake Charles Film Festival to all who seek a fun, well-planned experience created by people who truly value film and filmmakers. Thank you LCFF for providing an enjoyable environment for networking with no pretentiousness. I'm so glad I attended! And thanks so much for my lovely 3rd place short script trophy, laurels, and certificate! Can't wait til next year!

    October 2023
  • Honored to be a small part of this awesome festival!! Our film TERROR ON TWIN MOUNTAIN was screened during the FILMSQUATCH portion of the festival. Great communication and incredible films!! Highly recommended!!

    October 2023
  • A wonderful festival in an amazing town! Guests were amazing and so was the staff! A true indie film festival!

    October 2023
  • Aaron Migdon

    Won Best Documentary . Thanks for the support.

    March 2023