The Los angeles International Underground Film Festival celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of true underground artists from around the world. Filmmakers, writers, etc... who capitalize on their creative intuition to create memorable and inspiring pieces of work when major budgets do not exist.

The LAIUFF is a true independent festival in every sense. Aiming to inspire, motivate and award the true innovative and artistic geniuses of our time. Every independent artist hopes to one day emerge from the underground scene and share their talents with the masses. Hopefully the showcase platform we provide will help facilitate that dream. We’re excited to display a wide range of works from all genres that will have industry pros, filmmakers and filmgoers buzzing. Over 15 awards will be granted this season within our 10 exciting categories of competition. We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Winter Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Foreign Film
Best Narrative Short
Best Music Video
Best Documentary Feature
Best Script
Best Documentary Short
Best Student Film
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Honorable Mentions

*Best Film Audience Award
*Best Actor Audience Award
*Best Actress Audience Award

LA Underground General Rules
-The entry fee is per category.
-Entry fee is non-refundable.
-Works in progress should be clearly marked on the screening copy.
-All genres are accepted.
-Entries must have been produced within the past ten years.
-DVDs MUST BE CLEARLY labeled with FilmFreeway tracking ID, title and contact
-"Best Of" each category will be guaranteed to screen
-Screening schedule will be rounded off with a select number of official
-selections and honorable mention winners.
-Our Festival will consist of Award presentations, red carpet photos,
-screenings and Q&A sessions.
-Please visit our site for info on past selections, past winners and
-For more information please contact us at info@laufilmfest.com
-Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled or
-Please do not send press kits with your screener unless requested.
-DVDs will not be returned.
-Fee waivers are not available.

I agree to the terms outlined in the General Festival Rules for the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival. The Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Los Angeles International Undergroundl Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Robert Craig

    This a great festival. We were happy to be a part of this with our screenplay submission. We were especially happy to win an award for our screenplay. Go Go Film Festival! Thanks for a great experience.

    June 2022
  • Kassy Mahea

    The Arthouse Film Festival was a pleasure to be a part of. They were very communicative, and It's nice to have an in person screening of the selected films.

    January 2022
  • Dave Stishan

    What an amazing festival for artists. Thank you for including my script in your festival.

    December 2021
  • John Mahalick

    The Los Angeles International Underground film festival is one of the best venues for artists who live in the edge and challenge the norm. It's a high quality event located in the heart of Hollywood and is a valuable tool for getting exposure where film is king. The festival staff does an incredible job communicating with the artists and keeping them updated and informed. They are very hospitable and take the time to ensure comfort. I am proud to be associated with the Los Angeles international Underground film festival and look forward to the future of this venue as it fast becomes one of the most prolific film events.

    December 2021
  • This festival was a great way to get noticed and to have all the hard work appreciated!

    December 2020