"This is one of the few festivals that actually likes filmmakers, unlike most that just screen your film and kick you out right after. I highly recommend this festival to the locals, had a lot of fun last year, great venue and organizers, with a great host."
- Vlad Nikitin, Director, 'Grand Chinatown Robbery'

Our mission at the Studio City International Film Festival is to present cutting-edge films that will entertain, provoke, and inform its audience members.

All genres are welcome. We wish to encourage all cultures and ethnicities. It is our firm belief that the arts are a unifying force that serves to bridge all cultural and ethnic gaps.

Our festival isn't until November, so hopefully it will be safe to be back in the theater by then. But if not, we are fully prepared to go virtual one more year. (Please check our reviews on last year's online fest). However, we FULLY EXPECT to be in the theater this fall and to once again have our traditional opening night party.

Last year we started a new category - QUARANTINE SHORTS! It was a big success and we had submissions from all over the world. Awards will be given for Best Quarantine Comedy Short and Best Quarantine Dramatic Short. Only requirement is that it must be shot in your quarantine environment using available talent and equipment at hand.

Why you should submit your film to the Studio City festival:

1. Because we are situated in the heart of the entertainment industry, each year the festival features a number of distributors and celebrities.

2. We make it fun and memorable for the filmmakers. We give a lot of personal attention to all the filmmakers.

3. We also have networking events, so there is ample opportunity to network.

4. We will have filmmaker Q&As after every film block, workshops and panel discussions .
5. This is a fun, festival party atmosphere, and we even provide live entertainment.

6. If we have to go virtual one more year, we still will be doing filmmaker Q&As. We record them on Zoom and play them back during the festival

Beautiful trophies are awarded for Best Narrative Feature, Best Comedy Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Horror Feature, Best Horror Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short, Best Student Film, Best TV Pilot, Best Web Series, Best Horror Comedy, Best Acting Ensemble,
Best Sci-Fi Short, Best Sci-Fi Feature and Best Music Video.

Also, awards are given for acting, directing, cinematography and screenwriting.

Films must be submitted as an online screener through FilmFreeway, Vimeo link, etc. If your film is selected, we screen DCP and in some cases, Blu-Ray.

Does not have to be a Los Angeles premiere.

Overall Rating
  • Shawn Harris

    Thank you, Steve, for creating a great virtual festival in 2020 and the attention you gave us filmmakers. I can't wait to submit our next film and for the festival to be live again.

    October 2021
  • Paul London

    Fantastic festival! Very good communication. Thanks so much.

    May 2021
  • Veronica Robledo

    This review is overdue. Steve is caring and professional and loves what he does. I’m forever grateful for receiving Best Director Feature 2020 for The Crickets Dance. Thank you, Steve!!

    April 2021
  • Annabel Vine

    Keeping the show on the road during the lockdown. Great Film Festival.

    March 2021
  • Stephen Wallace

    Great. Steve Sturla, the director of the festival, was so helpful and enthusiastic. The collection of films was good. They are interested in the filmmaker, unlike some festivals. OUr film "a suburban love story" won best foreign film and "best of the fest" the best feature film. They are sending a plaque. It's a very rewarding festival which I recommend.

    December 2020