Welcome to Sunset Film Festival, an International annual event held in Los Angeles. With so few spots available at the bigger film festivals, independent filmmakers struggle to get noticed. After all the hard work of making a movie, there's nothing like seeing it on the big screen. Sunset Film Festival seeks hidden gems bigger fests often overlook. Our programmers are looking for visionary filmmakers with fresh voices to share with an audience hungry for independent film. We screen local, national and international films. CBS Television placed us among Best Film Festivals in Los Angeles. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-upcoming-film-festivals-in-los-angeles/

All selected filmmakers and screenwriters will get the All Films Pass for two guests.

Only work created after 2013 is acceptable. We do not accept "work in progress" versions. No porn films. No premiere status is necessary. Sunset Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening (including but not limited to multiple screenings in multiple U.S. and International locations), and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Sunset Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Do not send any discs or files to us. Online materials are good enough for now. No porn content. We select and screen around 20-30 films a year. If you are selected we'll ask you for a copy of the film (MOV or MP4) and permission to use 30-60 seconds of it for the festival trailer.

Overall Rating
  • Richard Levine

    Small (very), yet great. Communication, organization and atmosphere were excellent, as was the quality of the films. I had a blast, won an award, and made a couple of connections that may lead to greater things.

    June 2023
  • From the first communication with Sunset, I felt that the festival really cared. I couldn't attend the event in person, unfortunately, but while I missed out on the networking, I certainly felt the love and appreciation from its founder and the festival as a whole. It was a wonderful experience altogether, and I highly recommend it.

    May 2023
  • I am so thankful for this festival! Mark was so kind, thorough, supportive, and communicative. They were nice enough to give our short film Best Screenplay in a Drama Category and we are so grateful. Will definitely be back! Highly recommend.

    May 2023
  • Nicole peplinski

    We’re honored to be nominated and win in the Sunset Film Festival. I highly recommend this festival. Great communication, venue, networking; It’s been a terrific experience. We will be back with our next project.

    May 2023
  • An amazing film festival with some absolutely phenomenal screenings. I was thrilled to be a part of it. A must for those on the film festival circuit. - Virginia Austin

    May 2023