"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.

In 2020 we started a new category - QUARANTINE SHORTS! It was a big success and we had submissions from all over the world. Hopefully, there won't be any more quarantines, but the spirit of the category remains, so now that category is called "Crewless." To be eligible, the film must be written, shot, directed and edited by one filmmaker.

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 the opening night red carpet is always spectacular.

6. We have industry panels, including a filmmaker Q&A with film sales agents.

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 "Crewless" Short, 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 only.

Does not have to be a Los Angeles premiere.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Oledude

    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of Studio City International Film & TV Festival. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
  • 4Leaf Productions

    This was our first time in this film festival and it was a most pleasant experience all around and that same sentiment was shared equally with the other filmmakers we spoke with in our block. Kudos Steve!!

    December 2021
  • Alexander Bruckner

    Thank you for having us :-)

    December 2021
  • Fantastic festival. Thank you for selecting our film.

    December 2021
  • David Bryan

    We loved being a part of this great festival and getting a chance to speak to Steve. Can't wait for next time.

    December 2021