NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 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.

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.


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

Notification: Review times will vary, and final decision notices are typically sent within four months of submission. We send decline notifications on a rolling basis, and will contact you directly by phone or email if your film is shortlisted to go into the next round of consideration (please note: a phone call is just a next step in shortlisting and does not mean your film has been accepted. Films have only been accepted once they have been sent an Official Acceptance Notice.) 

If it has been over six months since your film has been submitted and you have not received a notification, please feel free to check in with us for an update on its status. We unfortunately do not have the staff bandwidth to reply to status updates for more recently submitted films.

Status Updates: IF IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN SIX MONTHS SINCE YOUR FILM'S SUBMISSION: please email with the subject line: "Status Update Request - [TITLE OF YOUR FILM] - Submitted [DATE YOU SUBMITTED] on [NAME OF PLATFORM YOU SUBMITTED THROUGH (ex. FilmFreeway/Direct Form)]"

Online Availability: 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, so please feel free to apply regardless.

Overall Rating
  • This is one of the best monthly festivals in Los Angeles! Wonderfully organized and well-attended by some movers and shakers. Some of the best networking I've ever seen at a festival! I'll go again even without a film that's screening! It's that good!

    April 2019
  • Hernán Velit

    best festival in LA. Very serious and professional

    April 2019
  • gabriel savodivker

    The best Festival I've been to!!! Held at the Academy theatre in Hollywood, it was an amazing experience to showcase my work at this renowned theatre and share it along with other incredibly talented filmmakers. I highly recommend everyone to submit to this festival and also attend.

    February 2019
  • Kenneth Sanabria

    Great festival. My short was screened at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy thanks to them. I’m so grateful! The screening and Filmmakers support was perfect.

    February 2019
  • Sohil Vaidya

    Well organized! Great communication. Wonderful platform for filmmakers.

    August 2018