NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) presents the NFMLA Monthly Film Festival, a uniquely intimate opportunity that provides a filmmaker focused festival approach by an intently devoted team. The model, a monthly festival with a very small number of official selections per month, generally fewer than 20, provides filmmakers with maximum attention and commitment from the Festival audience, participants and staff. This format allows NFMLA to serve a similar number of filmmakers as most annual Festivals (around 180 per year), while being able to dedicate its efforts to a core group every 30 days throughout the year.

Each NFMLA Monthly Film Festival provides its official selection filmmakers meetings with professionals, press interviews with publications such as MovieMaker Magazine, industry panels, screenings, audience Q&A sessions, networking receptions and qualification for the Best of NFMLA Awards.

The Festival boasts over 120,000 indie film supporters in the LA area and regularly has executives and creatives participate from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amazon Studios, Showtime, Netflix, Warner Bros., United Talent Agency, NBCUniversal, HBO, NEON, Endeavor, Starz, Bad Robot, Creative Artists Agency, Management 360, AMC Studios, MGM, FilmNation, ICM Partners, Lionsgate, Magnolia Pictures, Paramount, Circle of Confusion, MACRO, Skydance and Blumhouse among an abundance of other agencies, management companies, production houses, distributors, studios, streamers and more.

NFMLA screens short and feature films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation), as well as music videos and new media projects by content creators of all backgrounds throughout the year in addition to our InFocus programming, which places a special emphasis on diversity, inclusion and region. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their work which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming.

NFMLA is a not-for-profit organization that champions emerging filmmakers from around the world and has screened over 3,000 films from 85+ countries. In an effort to showcase, support, educate and build relationships for next-gen filmmakers, NFMLA has rapidly expanded beyond the NFMLA Monthly Film Festival to host an array of workshops, panels, competitions and networking programs.

NFMLA is seeking submissions from filmmakers who are eager to gain access to industry professionals, audiences and resources. Our programming includes Festivals at the South Park Center in Downtown Los Angeles and select Festivals presented in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. NFMLA offers an unforgettable festival experience that helps kick start the careers of new storytellers.

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. All projects selected as part of the festival are in consideration for the Best of NFMLA Awards.

In addition, NFMLA awards cash grants through various NFMLA programs and initiatives such as NewNarratives in partnership with WarnerMedia 150, the Anthony Rhulen Film Fund and more. In 2021 NFMLA awarded over $125,000 in cash grants and prizes.


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 is so beneficial for all the participating filmmakers! The industry sessions are beyond helpful and the sense of community fostered by the festival organizers created new friendships and potential collaborations. A truly fun and meaningful experience.

    June 2022
  • Fatima Abdulaziz Alshamsi

    I had a really great experience as a first-time filmmaker screening with NFMLA. The festival really cared about catering to all the filmmakers involved in the program and making them feel supported. In addition, they designed a great networking portion with industry professionals which was extremely informative and educational.

    A shout out to Emma for all of her time, support and help. Overall hoping to screen future work with them again. Thank you guys.

    June 2022
  • Adriano Valentini

    Amazing festival!! Had a great time. Everyone at NFMLA is extremely cool and they all really care about helping their filmmakers. Thanks!

    May 2022
  • Liang-Chun Lin

    When the festival staff and its host use all kind of opportunities to push new filmmakers to talk about their current projects and future plans, you know they truly care about your career and want you to shine. I feel extremely cared and warmed.
    It's got all I ever want: orientation, great communication, amazing panels, brochure, all the event photos and even a red carpet! I would never imagine a monthly festival being so well organized until being part of NFMLA! Big thanks to Larry, Andrew, Bojana, Emma and Danny for this incredible experience.

    May 2022
  • Sunny Vachher

    It's an honor to be an Alumni of New Filmmakers Los Angeles. The Festival goes above and beyond its abilities to spotlight filmmakers, connect them to industry executives, and host an amazing festival experience with screenings and Q&As. Thank you NFMLA for selecting my film(s). Everyone at the Festival is extremely generous and cares about the growth and success of all the films and its creators. I look forward to more of my films getting profiled and screened in the future as well. Thank you for all that you guys do. NFMLA is one of the TOP festivals in America showcasing emerging creatives from underrepresented communities. The Great Artist appreciates NFMLA. Thank you.

    May 2022