Palais Du Fruits Film Festival. A one-time fund raising film festival held at the Palais Du Fruits AKA The Market District of DTLA. May 12th-14th 2022

Awards are for each of the top 3 in each category and for overall winner.

Prizes of in-kind photo studio rentals will be awarded to the winner of each category.

The following rules govern all film submissions to the Palais du Fruits Film Festival (“PDF” or the “Festival”)

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform ie. FilmFreeway, or a password-protected streaming URL.

PDF screens films as digital files during the Festival and does NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file for exhibition, DO NOT SUBMIT your film.
Films must be available for screening during the Palais du Fruits Film Festival, May 12th-14th, 2022.

Films with US distribution (obtained prior to being selected for PDF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.
Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. PDF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

Films that have not received a full color edit, or sound edit are eligible for submission. PDF prefers picture-locked submissions for the consideration process. PDF’s focus is on story, technical changes such as color or sound will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the Festival with their most recent version.

Palais du Fruits Film Festival reserves the right to switch the entry category or otherwise assign a category to fit programming needs and interests, and films will not be penalized for the original submission selection.

Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by PDF in connection with the dispute.
You MUST include your physical address either in your entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.

PDF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.
PDF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by PDF or by its volunteers.

Winners will be announced on May 14, 2022. The judges’ decision is final.
Winners receiving in-kind prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.


Overall Rating
  • Stuart Long

    Thank you to the Judges of the 2022 Palais du Fruits Film Festival. The feedback received for a young writer was fantastic, honest & greatly appreciated. I made the changes the judges recommended and received an Honorable Mention in another Film Festival.

    July 2022
  • Great festival. I am so happy for being in this festival

    May 2022