Held in the most prestigious theater in Los Angeles at LA Live: Regal in a 300 seat theater: Rising Above was created by multi-award winning Producer/Actress/Writer Summer Moore to feature projects that “rise above” obstacles and challenges and empower a change. We are a hybrid evolving festival with the ability to shift it’s focus to issues that require a change. Again in 2018, we celebrate women who are working to make the world a better place through Film/TV, Music, and Fashion.

In 2017, many press venues were in attendance, including “Huffington Post” and "Getty Images."

As we strive to help advance women in their careers, we welcome projects to submit that have a woman: Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, or Director.

Watch films that rise above challenges, hear powerful speakers share their experience of rising above, and a red carpet that rises above others. All genders welcome!

Notable Attendees Include:
• Festival Founder/Actress - Summer Moore
• Celebrity Host/Actress/Comedian – Lisa Ann Walter
• Actress – Miya Cech (The Darkest Minds)
• Actress - Raegan Revord (Young Sheldon)
• Emmy-Winning Actress/Television Academy Performer’s Group Co-Governor - Patrika Darbo
• Forbes 30 Under 30 - Kaitlyn Yang
• Actress - Lidya Jewett (The Darkest Minds)
• Nickelodeon Star - Maya Le Clark (The Thundermans)
• Actress – Rosa Blasi (Strong Medicine)
• Actress - Scarlett Estevez (Daddy’s Home)
• Emmy-Winning Director - Mary Madeiras
• Actress – Mackenzie Hancsicsak (This is Us)
• Talent Manager – Cinda Snow
• Singer – Lily Kincade (American Idol)
• ABC Talent Development Manager - Kristi Shuton
• Youtube Influencer - Gia Fey (Body by Gia)
• Youtube Influencer – Lesley Fightmaster (Fightmaster Yoga)
View our website to see some images from it and also LA Live Event page for more info:


ALL Official Selections will receive Distribution with our partner Filmhub. They will receive free ingest, QC, storage, cataloging, promotion to channels, transcoding, delivery, collection and reporting with only a Twenty Percent (20%) revenue share. In addition, they will receive free translation of English captions into at least one foreign language (selected by Filmhub). Normally filmmakers have to pay aggregation fees and translation fees.

All award winners will win a reduction of their revenue share from 20% to 10% for the first year (coincident with the Commission Year, etc).

General Eligibility
1. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
2. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via the participating submission platform FilmFreeway with a password-protected streaming URL.
3. IMPORTANT NOTE: Rising Above Fest is not responsible for the streaming quality of online screeners.
4. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record.
5.Rising Above Fest screens films as digital files from DCP during the Festival ONLY!

Originality and Permissions;
1. 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 are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
2. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in the film, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. L.A. LIVE Film Fest expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

Additional Information
1. We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished.
2. 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 Rising Above Fest in connection with the dispute.
3. 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.

Selected Films and Winners
1. Rising Above Fest has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: identities of screeners or judges notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or details regarding the submission review or selection process. All information regarding the rating process is through the FilmFreeway rating system provided by FilmFreeway
2. Winners will be announced on November 10th 2018. The judges’ decision is final.
3. Official selections will be announced prior to November 1st, 2018
4. All Films must have a DCP in order to be screened **no exceptions** and the ability to upload their DCP to a website prior to Oct 13th.

Overall Rating
  • Katherine Castro

    Thank you Rising Above Film Festival for being an outlet and such a strong platform for Women in Film and diversity. A festival made by women for women, you are definitely a game changer for women indepenent filmmakers and surely soon to become one of the most important festivals in town. Thank you for having my film and I look forward to continue to share my work with you!
    With gratitude,

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this encouraging & stellar review! We truly appreciate full your support and hope to have a long relationship with you as a woman in film! Thank you for all you do for empowering women Katherine!

  • Mitch Roberson

    I can’t say enough about the Rising Above Fest. I was nominated for 5 awards but it is honestly so much more than this. It’s like no other festival because it truly represents a real purpose. Summer Moore has not only created a festival that empowers and uplifts women and young girls, but it also highly stresses inclusivity. The festival’s message: everyone can rise if we work together and support one another.

    The festival offers a variety of films of high quality. Rising Above Fest is partnered with LA Live Fest. So you are actually experiencing the best of 2 festivals all in the amazing LA Live area. The theater is truly breathtaking. Throughout the festival workshops are offered on topics that can educate all filmmakers at every level. A panel discussion lead by A listers in the business was attended by men, women and young girls. The Red Carpet was amazing. A truly memorable experience for me! Possible film distribution is also an added plus rarely found in festivals. The RAF team was always available and supportive..anything you needed, they were there for you answering all questions. I was so honored to be a part of it all!

    If you want to be a part of a festival that empowers and inspires others, if you want to be a part of a community that includes all regardless of race, disability, sex etc. this is truly the place to be!! Summer Moore keep rising and inspiring!! Congrats on an amazing festival!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Wow! This is such a terrific review! We can't thank you enough for it and your attendance & positivity during and after the festival! We are honored to have you as an alumni & for your terrific filmmaking!

  • Screening at Rising Above Fest was a wonderful experience. I wasn't able to attend, but Summer and her team were communicative and the festival is expertly run. Thank-you for supporting me and other female filmmakers!

    December 2018
  • Laura Ballou

    I had a wonderful weekend at the Rising Above Film Fest! Not only was the red carpet experience amazing, the Q&A with the panelists was informative and encouraging This festival aims to bring independent filmmakers and writers together to celebrate their work in an inclusive environment that empowers women. Everyone from the volunteers to Summer herself was welcoming and warm! I will love to go back next year and reconnect with everyone at the festival. Thank you for selecting my screenplay, Twilight's Pardon, as the winner of best screenplay! I am honored!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Laura! This review was so appreciated and we really love that you had such a great experience as we surely try to give that to everyone attending! We were honored to have you this year! You did a great job on your screenplay!

  • Attending RAF was simply awesome, so inspiring! Every aspect of the festival was so professional and made me feel very welcome and appreciated. Loved the panel and all films screened, looking forward to the next edition. Thank you so much for all the hard work and the 5-stars experience!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    This is so great to hear! Thank you for the great rating and kind words. We were so happy to have you!!!