"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.

7. Awards night always features a celebrity Lifetime Achievement Award. Past winners include Cybill Shepherd, Sally Kirkland, Vincent Spano, Joely Fisher, John Witherspoon, Glynn Turman and Hoard Scott from the group WAR (for writing and perfroming songs featured in many movies and TV shows).

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
  • Dane Benko

    I didn't get to attend and I could tell I was missing out. Studio City Int'l Film and TV Festival was very communicative of the opportunities and events available and kept me up-to-date at every turn with the presentation of my short film Dry Beach. This is definitely the sort of festival you not only want to show at but show up to.

    November 2023
  • Eric Frost-Barnes

    This is a terrific festival filled with consistently good feature-length and short films. Our block was well-attended and a genuinely fun time. The other films were all solid and the Q & A was both enjoyable and informative. Very much recommend the Studio City Int. Film and TV Festival.

    October 2023
  • Joy Bowman

    It was such an honor to be accepted to the Studio City Film Festival 2023! My team and I had a GREAT time, both at the opening mixer (FUN!) and then at the screening! It was great to see "Veil of Darkness" on the big screen! Everything was organized perfectly!

    October 2023
  • Daniel Wyland

    This is one is of the most honest film festivals I've been to. Great networking, amazing programs including The Awards Ceremony party and I definitely come back to screen here again.
    Great job Steve Sturla!

    September 2023
  • Leanne Melissa Bishop

    Love this festival and was so honored to screen our short 'In Search Of'. A huge thank you to Steve and his entire team:)

    September 2023