The SoCal Film Awards continually looks for ways to acknowledge and honor creative artists. Through the SoCal Film Awards we aim to bring recognition to filmmakers and screenwriters at all levels, from the up-and-comer to the seasoned pro!

In 2005, we started as a celebration of independent filmmaking with theatrical screenings, workshops, guests and much more.  We broke ground with new media events and screenings as well.

We are currently an online awards event without screenings.

To continue this legacy of celebrating creative independence, the SoCal Film Awards rises anew to honor and acknowledge the work of creative artists worldwide.

In the past, the SoCal has celebrated movies with heavyweights from Tom Hanks to Ann-Margret and guests in attendance from Trent Opalach (Infinity War cinematographer) to JF Lawton (Pretty Woman screenwriter) to Andy Dick (comedian, actor). While we look to the greats for inspiration, our heart and soul very much focus on the creativity of the emerging artist or the established independent.

As we have for many years in the past, the SoCal Film Awards will continue to celebrate the independence of filmmaking, screenwriting and the creative arts.

An award from the SoCal Film Awards has meaning. It is a celebration of arts and independence and is reviewed and selected by professionals within the industry.

Select winners will receive a combination of:

- Statuettes available for purchase;

- A printable/frameable 8"x10" laurel to display;

- Customized printable/frameable certificate for purchase.


Diamond Awards are for the tops in any of the categories – these are the crème de la crème.

The Awards of Excellence is awarded to top notch creative minds for their grand accomplishments in any category.

The Awards of Achievement are bestowed to the great minds who have gone above and beyond showing great worth and promise!

The Legacy Award is not always given, but when it is, we believe that this is for a filmmaker, screenwriter or creative artist who has produced a creative legacy, one that will be remembered and lead to great things!

We also have "Best of" awards for certain categories and we list finalists in the primary categories.

- The submitter must be directly involved (producer, director, screenwriter) with the project or legally authorized to represent the project submitted;

- Projects are only considered for the categories for which they are entered into;

- All commercial/private property including all trademark, copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. The SoCal Film Awards will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copy-written materials;

- All submissions must be submitted via digital screener (Vimeo, FilmFreeway, other screening service; or for screenplays – PDFs only. We DO NOT accept physical submissions (DVD, Blu-Ray, printed scripts etc);

- Award categories are decided at the discretion of the SoCal Film Awards and may be subject to change;

- All decisions are final;

- We do not accept pornographic material.

- We do watch your movie/screenplay in its entirety and give it honest and thoughtful consideration;

- We do not guarantee any type of public exhibition or display of your movie, so your movie will still qualify as a premiere in any festival you choose to submit to.

- We are currently a non-screening, online awards event without any in-person events.

Overall Rating
  • Bohemian Beaumont Films

    Excellent. Thank you for our film Somnia Corvus by Bohemian Beaumont Films.

    March 2023
  • John Sexton

    Great communications, very informative festival site, Filmmaker friendly

    February 2023
  • I want to thank the SoCal Film Awards for awarding The Last Act Best Adaptation in the 15th Season in 2022. This great distinction came as a delightful surprise and was completely unexpected.

    I have to recognize the author of the book, Exhibit Denied: Lobbying the History of Enola Gay. Dr. Martin Harwit allowed me the freedom to use my artistic ability to interpret his work for the screenplay while also giving me exclusive rights to do this project. This passion project was years in the making. I have a dedicated website to its history along with film footage from that era and includes a podcast interview I conducted.

    February 2023
  • Michelle Wolett

    Such a great festival, we are so incredibly honored to have received Best Short Film! We will definitely be back! Thank you so so so much SoCal!

    January 2023
  • Montse Bertran Arqué

    Encantada d'haver participat i d'haver estat sigut premiada! Gràcies!!

    January 2023