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.


Attention screenwriters... This year we're teaming up with InkTip!
InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers.
Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.
Winners of the Feature & Short Screenplay categories will receive:
InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
InkTip Magazine:Publication of your logline in InkTip's magazine sent to nearly 15000 producers and reps.


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
  • Good times in Lake Charles!
    We drove down from Dallas and made the most of it:
    Nice selection of films and screening rooms, excellent networking, a very friendly and hospitable crew, and a fun town. We'll do it again.
    Thank you Patrick Bennett/LCFF for selecting our film!

    January 2019
  • Justin Jackson

    Great atmosphere and good people. Had an awesome time!

    October 2018
  • LAke Charles is always amazing. Top notch,amazing people. I highly recommend!

    October 2018
  • Danielle Willsie

    I was unable to attend the festival, so I cannot speak to what the event is like, but I can say that overall this was a pleasant experience.

    I did get a bit frustrated when the notification date got pushed back (2-3 times) and I didn't find out until around 8 pm that the date was pushed back. That is the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5.

    October 2018
  • We were honored to have a film part of this year's program. We couldn't make it but it looks inviting and intimate. Would have liked a little more communication. We look forward to submitting again in the future.

    October 2018