South East European Film Festival Los Angeles (SEEfest) is a competition festival presenting cinematic and cultural diversity of 18 countries of the Balkans and Caucasus to American audiences. It provides a platform in the U.S. for the discovery of new talent from South East Europe, with a wide selection of films, art and literary talks, workshops and panels.

The festival serves as the cultural hub and resource for scholars and filmmakers, and creates opportunities for cultural exchange between Hollywood industry professionals and filmmakers from South East Europe. It is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, public benefit corporation.

SEEFest is a competition festival. Unless otherwise stated all films are eligible for one of the following Awards:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best First Feature Film
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best Cinematography
Audience Award

Impact Award, for Best Project

The juries are comprised of Hollywood film industry professionals and award-winning filmmakers. Audience Award is given to the highest-scoring film based on the audience ballots.

The festival accepts narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short and animated short films from, and about South East Europe. Expatriate filmmakers and filmmakers who are not from the region are eligible if the theme of the film is tied to South East Europe and its people.

Please note: the festival does NOT cover all of Eastern Europe. It promotes the cinema and cultures of south-eastern Europe covering the Balkans and countries at the cultural crossroads between Europe and Asia, from Austria in the north-west to the Black Sea and the Caucasus in the south-east.

Only films made in the last 18 months prior to the Festival qualify.

Submissions are open September - January. In each category selection committee will review all submitted films and suggest the final line up.

Students submitting short films (fiction, documentary or animation) can get a fee waiver. Please contact the festival to obtain the waiver at: info(at)seefilmla.org.

SEEfest on YouTube: Short YouTube video is FREE to enter.

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  • Alexandru Stanescu

    Great festival!! Looking forward to the next edition!

    October 2019
  • Antonis Glaros

    It was really great to be part of this brilliant film fest. Many thanks and see you next...

    June 2019
  • Zana Marjanovic

    It was a great honor to be a part of the Closing Night Gala Program with our film „ReGeneration“ and so happy that it was honored with the Special Jury Mention award in docu section.
    One of the Festival's greatest strengths is the Accelerator program which gives the opportunity to meet new people, industry professionals and create valuable networks and potential collaborations. The Festival organizers did a remarkable job! This is a festival that I would recommend to everyone!

    May 2019
  • Valentina Ganeva

    I have been part of SEE Film Fest for years now and I'm so happy to see it grow into a quintessential place for filmmakers and film lovers. I place to go and not only see quality films, but get inspired and brainstorm with like-minded people. Thank you Vera for providing a fertile ground for film makers and their projects, not only to be shown, but also to find their voice.

    May 2019
  • Vilma Kartalska

    It's the best festival for films from our region in USA, it was a great honor to be part of the Official Selection. Thank you very much for this wonderful chance! We are looking forward to the next edition!

    May 2019