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 ($2,000)
Best Documentary Feature ($1,000)
Best Narrative Short ($500)
Best Documentary Short ($500)
Best Animated Short ($500)
Best Cinematography ($500)
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 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)

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

Overall Rating
  • Brett Walker

    We Won Best Feature Film!

    July 2020
  • Alexandros Kakaniaris

    It has been an honor to receive the best short film award in SEEfest 2020! Unfortunately due to the COVID pandemic everything had to be screened online, but that didn't take away any of the value of the festival. The communication was exceptional through constant updates. I hope I can join a future edition of your festival from up close and personal. Thank you!

    July 2020
  • 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