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 the less known region 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
  • Karla Lulic

    Beautiful event in classy venues of Los Angeles, warm hospitality and enthusiasm for European film! So cosy with great films, I certainly recommend and hope to come again!

    May 2018
  • Maja Prettner

    Very nice festival, with wonderful organizers and hospitality. A welcoming atmosphere and a great chance to see European films, which you would probably never get the chance to see on the big screen in LA otherwise.

    September 2017
  • Bojana Momirovic

    SEEfest is a wonderful event that brings together young professionals from the US as well as from Europe. We were able to meet high level industry experts who advised us on future projects and collaborations. The program was rich and the film selection of high quality. An event that I would definitely recommend!

    May 2017
  • Chris Rabbitt

    A thought provoking & enjoyable film program, fascinating filmmakers, hospitable & friendly organisers. The accelerator program was great, providing access to industry luminaries as well as fellow travellers from the world of independent cinema.

    May 2017
  • Vladimir Todorov

    SEEfest is a little gem!!! I had a wonderful experience. Very interesting and diverse programming, excellent communication and great networking opportunities. I was proud to be part of it and I’ll definitely do it again if I have a chance.

    May 2017