The LA SKINS FEST, a Native American Film Festival, is now accepting film submissions for its 11th annual film festival taking place November 14th-19th, 2017 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.

The LA SKINS FEST annually showcases works by independent Native American filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of Native American people. The festival offers filmmakers an opportunity to show their work so audiences of all ages and interests can enrich their experience and understanding of Native American cultures.

Every year, the LA SKINS FEST premiers several Native American movies that feature Q&A’s with filmmakers, panel discussions with industry professionals, and after-parties with Native American musicians. Our annual award ceremony honors the great achievements in Native American filmmaking and provides monetary prizes as well as distribution to new platforms.

In the past eleven years, the LA SKINS FEST has garnered support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes. NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Development, CBS Corp, HBO, ABC/DISNEY, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Lionsgate, A&E Networks, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Ramona Band of Mission Indians are valuable supporters. In 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts and Turner Broadcasting Systems joined the LA SKINS FEST to provide great opportunities for the festival.

Awards & Prizes

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
• Best Emerging Filmmaker

Films accepted in the festival will be eligible for competition, distribution opportunities and cash award prices. In addition, winners of the Best Feature and Best Short Awards will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Rules & Terms

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

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

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

4) Works must be made within the past two years

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

6) Films must not have other screenings scheduled in Los Angeles during November 2016.

***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:

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    Gabrielle Norte

    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
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    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
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    Jason Turner

    Attending this festival was a whirlwind of activity and networking. I saw various people from other tribes and had a very eye opening workshop for actors. There was a really good vibe with other filmmakers and their cast and crew. I intend to collaborate with some of these teams in the future. Best of all, the short animated film I directed won an award. Everyone was very supportive and complete strangers complimented my work. It was humbling and validating simultaneously. I will definitely go again. :D

    November 2017
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    Jennifer Varenchik

    My first film festival (2017) and it was a wonderful experience. Filmmakers had a communications liaison for questions and updates. I always knew if there were changes or updates. There were Indigenous filmmakers and films from across the globe, it was great to be exposed to more than North American Native films. The venue was great, doesn't get much better than the Hollywood Chinese Theater. I would encourage Native filmmakers to consider submitting, it was well worth it.

    November 2017
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    Kjell Boersma

    Great festival! It exceeded my expectation. The festival had many events that offered opportunities to network and meet other film makers. I attend the writers workshop and met with several executives from several notable networks and studios. Because the festival takes place in best city for film you actually get to network with pretty important people in the industry which is a rare opportunity. They even screened our film at the legendary TLC Chinese Theater! The festival is setup to provide ample opportunities to gain new contacts and have a great experience.

    December 2016