The LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUniversal, announced today that they are now officially accepting film entries for their 12th Annual film festival taking place November 13th-18th, 2018 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. 

The LA SKINS FEST will celebrate filmmakers whose original works are distinguished and offer a new voice in cinema. Films accepted in the festival will be eligible for the competition, distribution opportunities and prizes from our corporate sponsors. This year, awards will be given to the following categories: Achievement in Narrative Filmmaking, Documentary, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation, Writer, Director, Actor, Actress and Audience Award.

Once again, this year’s festival will offer a week long series of events throughout Hollywood. The film festival will premier exciting new Indigenous films, present the 6th Annual Native Media Awards Celebration, provide the 7th Writers Pitch Workshop and host Native American filmmakers from throughout North and South America.

The Festival is an initiative of the Native American non-profit the Barcid Foundation and aims to showcase the rising talent in Native American filmmaking. This year the LA Skins Fest is expanding the screening series to accommodate the growing talent in Indian Country.

Corporate support of the Los Angeles Skins Fest plays an essential role in the life of the festival and emphasizes the festival’s commitment to quality, exploration, and excellence in the art of cinema, TV and new media. The Los Angeles Skins Fest is privileged to partner with some of the world’s most renowned entertainment brands; including Comcast NBCUniversal, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Walt Disney Company, CBS Corporation Diversity, HBO, 21 Century Fox, Turner, A+E, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash, Bad Robot, United Talent Agency, Walter Kaitz Foundation, Motion Picture Association of America, Lionsgate, ABC7, Paramount, Sony, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, MGM Resorts International, and the UCLA - American Indian Studies Center.

The LA SKINS FEST will celebrate filmmakers whose original works is distinguished in their category. A pre-screening committee will select four finalists in each category after viewing all selected to be part of the competition. Awards will be given the following categories:

Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation
Audience Award
Emerging Filmmaker
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Best Writer

Films accepted in the festival will be eligible for competition, distribution opportunities and cash award prices.

1) Entries must be by/or have a Native American/First Nation/Indigenous artist involved in the project (Please include tribal affiliation).

2) Films must NOT have other screenings scheduled in Los Angeles during November 2018.

3) We accept films made by non-Native American filmmaker but the films must be Native American themed.

4) Films must not be available on the Internet or have been broadcast nationally on cable or satellite television prior to the festival screening.

5) Works must be made within the past two years

6) Films in languages other than English with English subtitles will be accepted for consideration.

***Fee Waivers
Filmmakers seeking a fee waiver are welcome to contact us. LASF will review the requests and grant waiver opportunities based on need, professionalism, and filmmaker track record. Please e-mail:

Overall Rating
  • Robert Vestal

    Wonderful festival! The organizers have a sincere love for the filmmakers, championing emerging artists.

    March 2018
  • Jason Levinson

    Excellent festival! Very professional. Great connections. Thank you!

    January 2018
  • Rodrick Pocowatchit

    Good times, great people. Absolutely stunning venue.

    January 2018
  • This was my second film festival and it was absolutely wonderful! I am so happy I was able to be a part of this festival and I'll definitely be submitting to it in the future!

    November 2017
  • Luis Iga

    This festival was an amazing experience. Ian and Patty do an amazing job bridging the gap between Hollywood and our Native American Community by giving us opportunities to showcase our work.

    November 2017