The Pioneertown International Film Festival is a three-day event held annually in the iconic town that was built by Roy Rogers and immortalized in hundreds of Westerns. The PIFF is at once a celebration of independent cinema and a showcase of iconic Western movies featuring Paramount Pictures' gloriously restored classic Westerns from their extensive archives, a special showcase of the Westerns of Jack Nicholson and Monte Hellman presented by Jennifer Nicholson and Melissa Hellman, and more.

Additionally, guests will be treated to special events including excursions on horseback through the countryside, legendary bands playing the Opening and Closing events, Old West black tie evenings, VIP dinners with Filmmakers and Guests of Honor under the stars, and Masterclasses with some of the industry's top professionals. All events and screenings will be held in the unique historic buildings in Pioneertown including the original Pioneertown Soundstage of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, and the adjacent Desert Willow horse ranch that will host a round the clock Welcome Lounge with a craft cocktail bar and ranch lounge setting.

All films will be presented in the highest quality state-of-the-art Christie 4K digital technology and Dolby surround sound. The directors and stars of the films will be present to offer introductions, Q&As, and attend VIP Filmmaker Dinners. The PIFF promises to be a prominent boutique film festival on the global stage, bringing the past into the present with a bang and a whinny.

Award categories are as follows:
"Best Feature Film"
"Best Short Film"
"Audience Award(s)"

Seeking short and feature films that fit into the Western genre or are Western adjacent. From classic, to Acid, to Spaghetti, to Fantasy, to Modern-day, to more, Pioneertown celebrates the Western film and the genre its birthed and built over the last 122 years.

We are looking for both domestic and international work. If submitting the latter, please make sure films have English subtitles.

Finished work may not have premiered in the United States any earlier than 2019.

Please send private or public links to work for consideration (links must be kept active till May 1st).

Please DO NOT send material that does not have a Western theme or tie-in to the genre. While we are open to different expressions of what constitutes a Western film, we are not looking for material that does not thematically relate on some level.

Overall Rating
  • Sandy Blanco

    Great Festival and organization. Proud to have been part of it from France!

    September 2021
  • we loved the experience

    thank you very much

    September 2021