SICAFILM Los Angeles International Film Awards is a opportunity for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, SICAFILM supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through film premieres, post-screening performances, panels, and live experiences.

Feature films and Short films invited to participate in the 2nd Edition of SICAFILM Los Angeles International Film Awards will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.

Check out our 1st SICAFILM Edition's winners on our Official Website at . We only choose the best and most beautiful films and give you the chance to become a part of this amazing movie industry. PODS, Until the Sunrise, Sharp, Mismarriage... all directed by amazingly talented human being like Eleyna Lepesquieux, Allen Boffin, ...

All winners from main categories will be automaticaly qualified for the ANNUAL CEREMONY of the festival who takes place once in a year in Los Angeles in front of a live audience and cinema professionnals in a Theater. The annual ceremony will be held on September 21st 2022.

If you have any question about submissions, please contact our support team at .

In 2021, during 1st Edition, cash awards totaled $12,000, in addition to over $3,000 in artwork. Awards for SICAFILM 22 may be modified.
In 2022 during the 2nd Edition, only main categories are eligible for cash prizes.

(Eligible for the annual ceremony in Los Angeles. All winners from those categories are qualified for the Finals in 2022.)

Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Student Film
Best Actor Short Film/Feature Film
Best Actress Short Film/Feature Film
Best Director Short Film/Feature Film

(Here is the list of Special Categories...)

Best Super Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Director Super Short Film
Best Short Script
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Sci-fi
Best Fantasy
Best Mobile Phone Short
Best Inspirational
Best Action
Best VFX

Eligible projects include feature films (runtime ≥ 30 minutes). Short films (runtime < 30 minutes); including documentaries, narratives, animation, experimental films, and music videos.

The Festival requires that all projects will be submitted via FilmFreeway for the new Edition in 2022.

(Note : Please prepare a high quality poster in advance of beginning your online project entry form.)

Entry Fee Note

Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per project and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission. Students: Student directed SHORT FILMS ONLY may submit at a discounted rate per submission via FilmFreeway only. Students will need to provide a scanned copy of a current and valid student ID card or a letter from an accredited school verifying the entrant’s enrollment. A PDF or JPG file of this scan must be submitted through the Festival's online entry form at the time of submitting the film in order to qualify. Students who submit to the other categories MUST pay the applicable entry fee(s).


To be eligible for consideration: ALL CATEGORIES: (1) You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, project length, entry material, and other requirements. (2) Non-English language projects must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

Online Screenings

In light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, for SICAFILM, projects that have premiered online in 2021 as part of a digital or online festival, may still be considered for the following categories: • Features • Shorts

Work in Progress Projects

However, projects that are not final cuts or projects must be clearly marked Work in Progress (“WIP”) or Rough Cut with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.g., temp sound, Avid output, missing animation, etc.) either indicated in the project cut itself or within the copy display in the streaming link. As long as the streaming link remains the same and password does not change you may update the link with newer cuts as they are available up until the last applicable entry deadline noted above. In the unlikely event of a password change or link change you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect the Festival will send an email to the submitter’s address on file to follow up. If a response with the correct information is not received within forty-eight (48) hours, the submission may be deemed ineligible.

How to apply

Apply online via FilmFreeway at and, after fully completing the online entry form, click “submit”. Please note the online entry form will require you to submit a password-protected URL that links to your project in order to be completed, so plan accordingly and be sure the project has been fully uploaded to the viewing platform and the link and password work prior to filling out your online entry form.

Additional Informations
1. All languages are accepted. If your movie is not in English, you must have English subtitles in your movie.
2. No fee waiver. All entry fees are non-refundable.
3. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted. A separate submission and a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.
4. The decision of the festival selection committee will be final and can’t be changed.
5. The festival authorities will have the right to retain copies of each film and the material send as part of our festival library & can be screened in for Education, promotion, awareness & commercial purposes.
6. SICAFILM organizers reserve rights change, cancel or re-schedule the dates, venue, awards & categories without consent or information to contestants.

Overall Rating
  • Honor and joy for the Best Short Film Award of our film JUST LIKE WATER 🏆 Please send me the Certificate that I have been asking you for months...

    November 2022
  • Anna Eret

    Thank you for the award "Best Director" for the short film "To Meet Esther". This is an honor for me. Would like to see the festival growing and wish you become more and more popular.

    May 2022
  • Kiran Pote

    I am so happy and so proud that I participated in SICAFILM Awards. Thank you so much to all the juries and all the team SICAFILM AWARDS

    writer director
    kiran vimal pote
    all dear team Najariyaa

    May 2022
  • Tammany Barton

    Thank you so much for awarding DUET best short script. I cannot express the joy this has brought and the confirmation to continue to move forward with the animation. May you move from strength to strength as you assist writers in their journeys!

    May 2022
  • It's a great honour for our film "Alessandra" to be nominated for best student short film; it means a lot to the whole cast and crew.

    April 2022