2024 marks the 18th anniversary of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF). LAGFF presents a variety of film programs, both contemporary and retrospective, in Hollywood - the heart of the entertainment capital of the world. Filmmakers accepted into the festival take part in Industry one-on-one meetings with film industry professionals, allowing for dialogue and mentorship between filmmakers and working Hollywood professionals.

Discovery Days, formerly the International Project Discovery Forum (IPDF), is the industry section of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. Utilizing the innumerable cinematic resources in Los Angeles, it aims to create a bridge between two very different worlds – those of American and European independent cinema. For submissions, https://filmfreeway.com/DiscoveryDays
For more info, https://www.lagff.org/discovery-days/

ORPHEUS AWARDS
Best Fiction Feature Film
Best Directing for Fiction Feature Film
Best Actor/Actress for Fiction Feature Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Short Film
Best Animation Film
Audience Award for Feature Fiction Film
Audience Award for Short Film
Audience Award for Documentary Film

Sometimes Special Jury awards are also given:
Special Jury Award - Best Fiction Feature Film
Special Jury Award - Best Actor/Actress for Fiction Feature Film
Special Jury Award - Best Documentary Film
Special Jury Award - Best Short Film
Special Jury Award - Best Animation Film

GENERAL RULES

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Feature, documentary, short, and animation film submissions must have been completed within three years prior to April 2024 (no earlier than January 2022).

Films must have been completed in 2022 or later, and NOT had a public screening in Los Angeles prior to the festival. For short films, an LA Premiere status is strongly preferred, but not required.

Please note that films that are publicly available on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, iTunes, etc., on or before the festival dates will not be eligible to screen at LAGFF.

Eligible Films:
- Films by Greek directors, writers, producers, or actors (in starring roles), (co-directors, co-writers, and co-producers are also eligible) from Greece and Cyprus. Must be credited.
- Films by directors, writers, producers, or actors (in starring roles), (co-directors, co-writers, and co-producers are also eligible) of Greek descent worldwide. Must be credited.
Greek and Cypriot productions.
- Films about Greece and/or with a prevalent Greek theme.
- Films submitted to LAGFF 2022 or 2023 that were not accepted, provided they were completed no earlier than January 2022. New entry fee and a completed submission form are required.

Greek-themed films from emerging local to Los Angeles filmmakers.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All non-English films must have English subtitles.
More than one film may be submitted, but each must be submitted on a separate submission form and accompanied by a separate entry fee, and printed payment receipt.

If your film is selected to be screened at the festival, you will be required to provide a copy of your film in one of the accepted formats (DCP for theatric screening, .mov or .mp4 file for the online platform), a press kit with press reviews, synopsis, full credits, film stills, trailer (or film clips), poster, and a director's bio with a headshot.

The entry fee is non-refundable and required at the time of submission. Please pay the entry fee by Paypal or through FilmFreeway. Do not send cash or checks.

Filmmakers must submit an online screener of their film through FilmFreeway, or by providing a link to an external site (e.g., Vimeo) with any passwords needed to view the film to submissions@lagreekfilmfestival.org

Commercial transfer sites such as wetransfer.com, yousendit.com, and dropbox.com are also accepted at the submissions@lagreekfilmfestival.org address.

RULES & REGULATIONS
Inclusion in the festival, as well as the number, dates, times, and locations of screenings, will be at the sole discretion of the Festival Directors.
Once a film is selected for presentation at LAGFF, the film’s producers or distributors agree not to hold a screening of the film in Los Angeles prior to the festival screening.
Submission of a signed entry form constitutes acceptance of the LAGFF regulations. Furthermore, the festival management reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for in the regulations.
All disputes, matters of interpretation, controversies, and other issues relating to the entry form or regulations shall be determined and resolved according to the laws of the State of California.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS
FilmFreeway application
- Entry fee (paid through FilmFreeway.com)
- Press Kit:
- Photo stills in electronic form (at least 3 HD)
- Complete list of credits (cast & crew)
- Photo of Director
- Biography and filmography of the submitting filmmaker.
- Poster of the film
- Postcards (if applicable)
- Trailer (or a trailer link) in HD format

SCREENING REQUIREMENTS
If your film is selected for exhibition, you must provide LAGFF with:

- Copy of the selected film in either DCP or .mov, .mp4 for exhibition (on special occasions in 35mm)

DCPs - PRINT COPIES & MATERIALS-If not electronically sent, please send to:
SIMPLE DCP
c/o Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
4200 Sepulveda Blvd #102
304 E Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91502
(213) 375-8327

Publicity materials will not be returned.

FILM CATEGORIES
Feature Fiction Films: 60 min and over
Documentary Films: any duration
Short Fiction Films: under 60 min
Animation Films: any duration

ORPHEUS AWARDS
Best Fiction Feature Film
Best Directing
Best Actor/Actress for Fiction Feature Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Short Film
Best Animation Film

Audience Choice
Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature Film
Audience Award for Best Documentary Film
Audience Award for Best Short Film
Audience Award for Best Animation

Sometimes Special Jury awards are also given:
Special Jury Award in Best Fiction Feature Film
Special Jury Award in Best Actor/Actress for Fiction Feature Film
Special Jury Award in Best Documentary Film
Special Jury Award in Best Short Film
Special Jury Award in Best Animation Film

SUBMISSION DEADLINES
Early deadline: January 22, 2024 (received)
Regular deadline: February 29, 2024 (received)
Late deadline: March 25, 2024 (received)

NOTIFICATION DATE
April 29, 2024, via email and FilmFreeway.

For inquiries write to: submissions@lagreekfilmfestival.org

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Alex Lyras

    Superbly organized. Worthwhile networking. And a program of films that are unafraid to buck traditional "Hollywood" formulas.

    Events take place all over Los Angeles. Because it's LA, the screenings were top-notch for picture and sound. Beautiful theaters.

    While this is labelled as a "Greek" film festival, it feels more international. Filmmakers were from all over. That said, the features and docs coming out of Greece and Cyprus over the last decade are excellent.

    The receptions after opening and closing nights were well sponsored and had fantastic food, wine and cocktails.

    June 2024
  • Kerem Soyyilmaz

    Thank you for having our film: Searching for Rodakis!

    June 2023
  • One of the best film festivals worldwide!

    June 2023
  • Lucia Sherman

    The 2023 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival was an absolutely first class affair. My film, Gypsy Rose Leezinski, screened at the Regal LA Live Cinemas downtown--theatres equipped with the highest quality projection and sound systems. The opening and closing night galas at UCLA and the Pacific Design Center (along with their paired screenings of the impressive films, Black Stone and Listen) offered appreciable networking opportunities, along with delicious food and drink. But this review would not be complete without mentioning Dimitra, the filmmaker's liaison, who was always available, helpful, and kind. Thank you, LAGFF, for a wonderfully fun and inspiring week!

    June 2023
  • Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

    An outstanding event that highlights the film works of Hellenic artists around the world. Set in Los Angeles, the festival provides a great opportunity for filmmakers to present their movies, as well as to network with fellow artists and representatives from the Industry in nearby Hollywood. 5 stars.

    December 2022