The Los Angeles Theatrical Release Competition & Awards mission is to celebrate independent filmmakers with an eye on having a Los Angeles Theatrical Release in a paid movie theater in Los Angeles County. Filmmakers will also have the opportunity to be awarded across all categories. Most great filmmakers think their films should get a theatrical release, but it's too expensive - until now.

For films entering also in sub-categories, the final decision will be made by professionals in that field.

Best Picture (any genre), Best Short (Overall), and Best Trailer will be given a 7-day theatrical release in a motion picture theater in Los Angeles County. All other winning filmmakers will be emailed notification.

Many independent filmmakers strive to get the best audience for our films. Although festivals are fun, the real joy comes from getting an actual theatrical release in Los Angeles County. 7 days in a theater can run anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000. What better prize to offer the winning filmmakers then that dreamed of release?! Many other winners will also be announced, but the main prize here is for the winning film overall, the winning short overall and the winning trailer. If you think you have what it takes, submit via FilmFreeway. If you think about it, the odds are much better than any lottery!

*BEST PICTURE WILL BE AWARDED TO THE BEST FEATURE FILM AND BEST SHORT FILM ACROSS ALL GENRES

US Narrative Competition
• Open narrative films produced in the US
• Eligible for:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Soundtrack

GENRE SPECIFIC AWARDS WILL ALSO BE AWARDED - FILMMAKER MUST ENTER CATEGORIES THEY WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR

FILMMAKERS ONLY SUBMITTING TO CATEGORIES WILL NOT BE IN COMPETITION FOR BEST PICTURE, BEST DOCUMENTARY, BEST SHORT, ETC. YOU WILL ONLY BE IN COMPETITION FOR WHAT YOU SUBMIT FOR.

International Narrative Competition
• Open narrative films produced outside the US
• Eligible for:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Soundtrack


World Documentary Competition
• Open to works from all regions

All films entered for the main prize of theatrical release (features and shorts) must at least be a North American Premiere and completed on or after January 2018. All other films submitted (regardless of premiere status) are eligible for other listed awards and sub-categories. NO OTHER FILMS WILL BE LIVE SCREENED, although awards will be given for all categories and sub-categories. For the first time, TROPHIES WILL BE AVAILABLE for all prize winners and category winners. Theatrical Release is currently scheduled for November 2020 or as soon as possible within CoVid Guidelines. For winning short film and trailers with theatrical release, THERE WILL BE NO NEGOTIATIONS ON DATES as they will be screened alongside winning theatrical Best Feature. Final decision on all matters to be made by LATCA. Do NOT submit if you do not agree with these rules.

All winning filmmkers of all divisions will be contacted and awarded via email.

ALL THEATRICAL WINNING FILMMAKERS TO BE RELEASED (BEST FILM, BEST SHORT AND BEST TRAILER) MUST COMPLY WITH ALL RELEASES MANDATED BY THEATER PRIOR TO SHOWING - AS IS INDUSTRY STANDARD. IF NOT COMPLIED WITH, FESTIVAL HAS THE RIGHT TO REVOKE THE PRIZE AND AWARD TO THE RUNNER UP IN THAT CATEGORY. This is industry standard and out of festival's control.

We only screen (review entries) through online screeners or a private password protected Vimeo link. No exceptions.

The theaters we use only screen via DCP. DCP must be sent to festival address within 3 weeks of notification of winning. If, for any reason, filmmaker is unable to provide DCP in that time, festival director reserves the right to cancel the release (and win) and provide it to the runner-up. Additionally, a BluRay of winning films for theatrical MUST be provided as a safety net.

NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL - ONLY ONLINE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASSWORD PROTECTED ONLINE SCREENER, A SCREENER ON FilmFreeway, OR A FilmFreeway ACCOUNT, PLEASE CONTACT US VIA OUR CONTACT US FORM ON OUR WEBSITE TO INITIATE SUBMISSION. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If for some reason you do NOT have a FilmFreeway account, or prefer to NOT enter via FilmFreeway, please contact us directly via our website contact form at www.thefilmfestival.com.

LEGALITIES:

All filmmakers understand and accept that if their film, short, or trailer is selected for theatrical release, they grant full and unrestricted permission for LATCA. to release and to charge an admission fee for the presentation. The Filmmaker understands and accepts that they do not participate in receiving any funds from the Box-office proceeds which are fully retained by LATCA to help cover the overall cost of the presentation. It should be noted for the record that box-office proceeds never cover the cost of release.

The filmmaker releases the festival (LATCA) from any and all liability for damages or destruction of the entered DCP. The Filmmaker understands that the entered DCP will be retained in a secure facility by the festival, and every effort will be taken to protect and control the viewing of this production. The festival assumes no liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations or piracy of the entry.

The Filmmaker accepts and understands that the festival, in conjunction with releasing theater will do everything possible to present the DCP in the best possible manner but the festival (LATCA) is not responsible for any and all malfunctions during the presentation of the production at its release. All DCP’s are carefully pre-screened prior to the public showing to assure it will perform to industry Standards. The Festival (LATCA) assumes no responsibility for any technical difficulties in the presentation of this DCP at the actual event.

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  • So honored to have been a part of this festival, and look forward to submitting again next year! Highly recommend!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Allisyn, the honor was all ours... thank you so much for sharing your work, and wishing you all the best in your future projects!

  • I'm honored and deeply grateful to have been a part a such high quality Festival. Thank you with all my heart.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Samantha, your work was exemplary and we look forward to seeing your future works too! Thank you :)

  • William Wonders III

    Los Angeles Theatrical Release was always communicating and willing to answer question. Great opportunity and look forward to submitting with them again.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you William, and we are so happy to have you as part of our festival family! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

  • Steve Johnson

    Great festival to be part of. The incentive to screen in LA was a major factor in entering the competition. Although we didn’t win the release, winning Best Director and Best Cinematography was an amazing achievement. Thank you to the festival for selecting ‘Convergence’ for 2019.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Convergence was by far one of the festival favorites! We appreciate your entry and you deserved your awards with flying colors! Thank you!

  • Detlev Neufert

    Our team from Burma was so happy to be chosen by your festival. That shows that you are really into the inner heart of a film. And that you know all about quality! You are transparent and concrete and really cinephil.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    It was absolutely incredible, and we so appreciated your submission! Congratulations again and thank you!