South East European Film Festival Los Angeles (SEEfest) is a competition festival presenting cinematic and cultural diversity of 19 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)seefilmla.org.

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

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  • The people behind this festival are really amazing and trully made this experience a great one! Even though it was online, we got the chance to meet and chat with the other filmmakers through a zoom meeting. We also took part in a couple of interviews to promote our film which was also so nice! I hope we'll keep making movies and sending them their way!

    May 2021
  • Christos Sagias

    One of the best film festivals out there!! Totally recomended! Won Best short Documentary for 2021 for our film "Collecting Time"!! Thank you all!!

    May 2021
  • Ilija Tiricovski

    A very good vibe festival! Even tho it was online, our team was very happy with the opportunity for US/Californian audience to be able to watch our film. The festival organisers were kind enough to organise an online event for meeting and greeting the filmmakers which was a fun experience.

    May 2021
  • Olga Koleva

    Very warm and professional event aiming to connect South East European filmakers with LA audience. It was an honor to participate and a great experience for me to get in touch with so many professionals from our region. Las but not least, I had the rare chance to talk with some experts in US film production, I couldn't meet otherwise.

    May 2021
  • Aleksandra Nestorov

    Valuable experience, thank you for such a kind and supportive welcome and amazing film program.

    May 2021