South East European Film Festival Los Angeles (SEEfest) is a competition festival presenting to American audiences cinematic and cultural diversity of 20 countries of Eastern/Central Europe, the Balkans and Caucasus. It provides a platform in the U.S. for the discovery of new talent from Eastern and Southeastern 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, in-kind or subject to underwriters:

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

ACCELERATOR: Impact Award, for Best Project (Valuable Post-Production Packages)

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 Eastern/Central and South East Europe. Expatriate filmmakers and filmmakers who are not from the region are eligible if the theme of the film is tied to the region and its people.

Please note: the festival does NOT cover all of Eastern Europe. It promotes the cinema and cultures of East/Central/Southeastern Europe at the cultural crossroads between Europe and Asia, from Austria in the north-west and Ukraine in the north-east 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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  • Vahagn Karapetyan

    I recently had the opportunity to attend The SeeFest Accelerator and Writer's Showcase, a highly anticipated event that brings together aspiring writers and industry professionals. As a passionate writer myself, I was eager to participate in this event and explore the possibilities it offered for networking and skill development.

    May 2023
  • Derya Durmaz

    South East European Film Festival and its Project Accelerator Lab are just wonderful. I have been to the Accelerator twice with my two different feature film projects and it gave the very much needed push for both of them in terms of both necessary industry knowledge and the content development.
    People organizing the festival and the accelerator are wonderful. They have their heart and minds in the right place, with all their focus being on supporting filmmakers.
    Thank you SEEfest!!

    May 2023
  • Thanks to the fantastic team for coordinating organized sessions, talks & discussions with professionals. It's been an excellent opportunity to present my project during the development phase of this Festival, and it's defiantly on my submission list for the final project!
    Cheers to meeting talented artists and networking with the best!

    May 2023
  • Nataša Prosenc Stearns

    The unique work and vision of SEEfest LA is a rarity among the film festivals! In 18 years the director Vera Mijojlic and her team have built a community of filmmakers from South Eastern Europe, promoting their cultures and aesthetics. Thank you for the priceless experience at the 2023 festival and best of luck for the future.

    May 2023
  • Ivana Strajin

    Thank you for including my script in the accelerator! The panelists and workshop facilitators were so generous with their time and offered actionable, constructive feedback. I appreciated the interactive, hands-on nature of each of the sessions. It was also a pleasure to meet fellow accelerator participants and learn about their projects. Highly recommend the accelerator to screenwriters and directors. Thank you for the opportunity!

    May 2023