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
  • These guys were great. In spite of a huge hurricane thrashing the area just a few months before the festival, they were able to pull it off with the help of a great team assembled by Patrick Bennett! Well done.

    November 2017
  • James Carroll

    Awesome Film Festival. Great communication. It was a total honor to be part of this.

    October 2017
  • Kent Arceneaux

    Festival was great. Met a lot of talented filmmakers and made new friends! Looking forward to next year.

    October 2017
  • Adam Stephenson

    I was unable to attend the festival because of some scheduling conflicts. I'm happy to have our film in their lineup. Communication was quite brief and to the point right up to the festivals dates. They are autonomous and taking care of business without constantly poking filmmakers for input and involvement. Hopefully I'll get to attend their fest in the future. I would submit to them again.

    October 2017
  • Margo Stutts Toombs

    I enjoyed this festival! The venues were accessible and comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. I loved the films & videos and the special guests! I hope to return!

    October 2017