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.

Notifications: We send 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 (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.)

Status Updates: Review times will vary, but please feel free to check in with us three months after your film has been submitted for an update on its status. If you would like a status update on the submission of your film, please email with the subject line: "Status Update Request - [TITLE OF YOUR FILM] - Submitted [DATE YOU SUBMITTED] on FilmFreeway"

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
  • Sohil Vaidya

    Well organized! Great communication. Wonderful platform for filmmakers.

    August 2018
  • Was disapointed that after being semi-finalist that I was told my short film 15 Minutes would not be selected. At the end of the day, why even give me that?

    June 2018
  • Harriet Feigenbaum

    Everyone. This was a marvelous experience.

    January 2018