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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  • SEEfest is the most important Eastern European focused film festival not only in California, but arguably in the entire US. The two years that they generously screened my films, I got the chance to see the best Eastern European films from recent years. Looking forward to attending next year!

    June 2024
  • Salaud Morisset

    Great films and unforgettable experience, we were glad to have EXCURSION at your festival!

    June 2024
  • MAKABOR STUDIO

    A few years ago I also had a documentary shown at SEEFEST and I had very fond memories. I discovered a lot of valuable films in the program that were featured in many international festivals, so it is a great honor for me that this year my film could enter the competition and we were able to win the special mention of the jury. Thank you SEEFEST TEAM.

    May 2024
  • Nemanja Mladenovic

    Thank you for selecting my film "Overthinker" this year. The festival's organization and correspondence were of a very high level. I regret that I could not attend, but I look forward to participating in the future.

    May 2024
  • Mark Gerstorfer

    SEEfest is a really nice and well organised festival. It was nice to have been there.

    May 2024