NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.

Each month, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) presents red carpet screenings of documentary, short and feature films that have been submitted from all over the world, followed by a Q&A with each films director. The program also offers a special after party so the audience can meet the filmmakers and incredible talent involved.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year in addition to its special InFocus programming which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming.

Best of NFMLA Awards

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles selections are in competition for NewFilmmakers Los Angeles’ annual Best of NFMLA Awards, which take place each spring and award films played the preceding calendar year across multiple categories.

Best of NFMLA Awards Requirement:
All projects selected as part of the festival are in consideration for the Best of NFMLA Awards. If you are selected as part of the festival and nominated for the Best of NFMLA Awards, you will be required to attend the Awards show or send a representative in your place.


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles screens monthly year round. FESTIVAL DATES, NOTIFICATION DATES and DEADLINES displayed on this FilmFreeway listing are for expiration of this listing and ARE NOT our screening dates.

Runtime Policy:
Shorts must be under 40 minutes total runtime. Features must be 41 minutes minimum with a 180 minute maximum total runtime.

Completion Date Requirement:
We can only accept films that have completed post production within a maximum of 12 months from the date of their submission to the festival.

Premiere Status Policy:
Premiere status is NOT required, however, films with an LA premiere status are preferred.

Distribution Policy:
As is the industry standard among many festivals, in all instances except Music Videos and ‘New Media’ programs, we generally do not screen films that have theatrical distribution nor films that have been posted online without password protection, or are available for streaming on a VOD platform (with the exception of SVOD for short films). However, we reserve the right to make exceptions to this rule on a case by case basis.

Notification Policy:
NFMLA sends decline notifications on a rolling basis, and will contact you directly by phone if your film is shortlisted to go into the next round of consideration. A phone call is just a next step in the shortlisting process and does not mean your film has been accepted. Films have only been accepted once they have been sent an Official Acceptance Notice.

Review times will vary, but please feel free to check in with us six months after your film has been submitted for an update on the status. In order to receive a reply, please submit all Submission Status Requests through the Submission Status Request Form here:

Overall Rating
  • This festival treats you like family. They know your film by heart and promote it with love and care. The Network is intense and career-changing. Our film got reviewed by Los Angeles Times and got us many pitch meetings with industry professionals thanks to the amazing work this passionate group of film lovers put into their events.

    October 2020
  • Kate Romero

    Our short film premiered at NFMLA's Sept event. The team at NFMLA did an amazing job pivoting to a digital festival format in partnership with Seed & Spark. Every single person on the team was responsive and helpful. Their enthusiasm for each film and filmmaker was infectious, and we truly felt part of the NFNAL festival family.

    NFMLA organized networking zooms with highly regarded industry insiders which were insightful and inspiring. Our moderator for the Q&A session knew our films very well, and asked thoughtful questions and led a lively discussion with the zoom audience.

    October 2020
  • Wonderful people and event experience !

    September 2020
  • Arthur Diennet

    This festival single-handedly got my feature sold to Gravitas Ventures and Myriad Pictures.
    I'm sure for many of you reading this, I could stop my review right there, but, I'll keep going.

    Not only did they help me secure a sales agents which then got my film sold to multiple markets at Cannes and ultimately domestic, worldwide and airline distribution.

    Not only did they conduct a video interview for Stage 5 on their own dime that I have been able to use as press to legitimize myself to many websites and representatives.

    Not only did they partner up with the MOAB to Monument Valley Film Festival for a viewing which they flew me out for and set me up in an amazing hotel FREE OF CHARGE.

    But they're also the nicest people I've ever met at any festival. Larry, Danny, Bojana and Andrew are awesome and they continue to help me meet industry insiders and execs TO THIS DAY. It's been a year and half since my film premiered with them. I mean, come on. I urge you to find any other festival that comes close to the kind of support and success that I got from them.

    You would never think that a festival with "New Filmmaker" in the title would make you feel like a star but that's just how good NFMLA is.

    August 2020
  • This is any outstanding festival. I was connected to industry pros and made great contacts with fellow Latinx filmmakers. The screening and panel could not have been o0f a higher level. Larry, Andrew, and the entire NFMLA team go out of their way to support the filmmakers, and they continually send us potential opportunities as alum of NFMLA. I am very grateful for this unique organization.

    February 2020