Entries are officially being accepted for the 13th Annual LA SKINS FEST presented by COMCAST NBCUniversal. Festival will be taking November 19th - 24th, 2019 in Hollywood, CA.

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 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 7th Annual Native Media Awards Celebration, provide the 8th Writers Pitch Workshop and host Native American filmmakers from throughout North and South America.

Corporate support of the LA 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 this year; including Comcast NBCUniversal, the Walt Disney Company, HBO, WarnerMedia, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, CBS Corporate Diversity, A+E, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Wells Fargo, Bad Robot, United Talent Agency, Motion Picture Association of America, Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Electronics, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Paramount Pictures, and City of Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.


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.

The prestigious LA SKINS FEST ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics. The LA Skins Fest is considered a major launching ground for Indian Country’s most talked about films. Founded in 2007, the Los Angeles Skins Fest, presented in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, is a 6-day multicultural event celebrating the art of film, TV and new media. The Los Angeles Skins Fest’s long‐standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule consists of dozens of filmmakers presenting their newest works, special artist development programs, tributes to community leaders, special events, and remarkable films. Festival headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA.

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 and 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 2019.

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.

Overall Rating
  • LA Skins work hard and get results. Great networking

    August 2019
  • Derek Quick

    La Skins was a wonderful festival. The venue was amazing, TCL Chinese theater 6, Parties on top of the Netflix Headquarters building, and wonderful awards dinner. I was proud to be a Native American filmmaker selected to the LA Skins fest. I really hope more Natives get into film making, this festival is making that possible.

    December 2018
  • Miriam Laurence

    The 'Magic Madeleines' team (Sera-Lys McArthur, Laurence Gilman, Alex Cruz) and I had a wonderful time at this festival.
    The events were so well-planned and interesting. The Gala was excellent! It was wonderful to experience the creativity and energy at all the events. There was so much openness from all.
    And it was so great to witness the fostering of young talent -- the programs for screenwriters and for the much younger group of enthusiastic future film-makers!

    December 2018
  • Michael Genz

    An incredibly memorable experience! I met many talented artists and it was a true honor to be a part of a wonderful weekend! Thank you!!

    November 2018
  • Robert Vestal

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

    March 2018