The Tarzana International Film Festival (TZIFF) is located in the San Fernando Valley just minutes from Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, Marvel, Netflix and ABC television to name a few. All festival screenings will take place at the beautiful Regal 16 Multiplex Cinemas, giving audiences and filmmakers a bigger and better screening experience and is Hollywood-centric.

The TZIFF celebration includes Red Carpet Premieres, Festival Screenings, Networking events, Parties and of course, the Semi-Formal Closing Night Awards Gala with celebrity presenters. TZIFF offers filmmakers an arena to showcase their work and help launch careers that can change the entertainment industry.

Our award-winning filmmakers, artists, judges, and collaborators continue to discover and nurture diverse, international talent through various events and educational programs throughout the year. TZIFF's multimedia celebration is designed to elevate and amplify filmmakers, encourage new friendships and future collaborations, and showcase the best work from around the globe.

Our mission is to show independent films that inform, inspire, and engage our audience. These films include action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy & Horror, feature films, LGBTQ+, documentaries, music videos/trailers, films by women, faith-based films and many others with a new RETRO category for films made between 2013-2023. TZIFF encourages attendance by all ages and is made possible by the generous donations of our sponsors, advertisers and festival attendees.

The city of Tarzana has a rich History of Film from being central locations for such diverse films from "Casablanca" to "Terminator 2", to "Boogie Nights". The name Tarzana is derived from the action/adventure character Tarzan created by world-renowned Edgar Rice Burroughs who made Tarzana his home.

TZIFF is proud to partner with The Edgar Rice Burroughs Foundation and has created the Edgar Rice Burroughs Legacy Award. In addition to all the Tarzan books and films, ERB created "The Land That Time Forgot", "John Carter and the Princess of Mars" and "At the Earth's Core" to name a few.

A beautiful custom made Crystal "Tarzana International Film Festival Award" will be given to each winner in each category.

1. All entries must be submitted by the date of the Final Deadline by July 15th, 2023 unless special arrangements have been made with the festival.

2. Entrants must submit an online digital version of their film for viewing, judging and festival consideration.

3. All entries must be in English or subtitled in English if a foreign film.

4. Please submit at least one high resolution production still or screen capture from your film, a short synopsis and log-line along with the directors name and biography. Please let us know if your film will be a screening Premiere: World, US, West Coast or Los Angeles.

5. All films screened must be in a High Resolution Digital File or DCP format, depending on the Theaters screening requirements. If the filmmakers do not have a DCP, it can be converted for a nominal fee. Films selected for screening at the festival must also adhere to specific audio and video specifications.

6. By submitting your film, the filmmaker agrees to let the festival use excerpts from their screeners for use in TZIFF trailers, publicity and promotions.

7. The individual or entity submitting the film hereby warrants that it has all pertinent legal clearances and is authorized to submit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Furthermore, once a film is submitted, approval is granted for festival screening whether it is accepted in other film festival or not. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Tarzana International Film Festival from 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 material whether it is screened or not.

8. Exceptions to the festival regulations and guidelines must be authorized by the Founder. The Tarzana International Film Festival may opt to withdraw your work at any time for any reason and does not issue refunds.

Overall Rating
  • Shadow C. LaValley

    A great festival to have been a part of!! Great people and a beautiful time all around! So truly thankful and grateful!!

    November 2023
  • JF Uranday

    This, was a great festival. We really appreciate everyone who took the time to enjoy our film.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words JF. We can't wait to see your next amazing film!

  • Bill Walker

    I want to thank all the good people of TZIFF, especially Jeff Rector, the President and Festival Director. He made me feel right at home, answering my questions quickly and concisely. And above all, it was such a thrill to see my film "Whiskey Mountain Days" on the big screen. All in all it was a top-notch experience!

    October 2023
  • Michael J Bowler

    I was so excited to be a finalist in the Best Screenplay competition. Though I missed most of the festival, I attended the lovely awards night dinner and was even more thrilled to win Best Screenplay for "The God Machine." Everyone at the closing night ceremony was kind and encouraging and it was a wonderful evening. From what I heard from others at my table, the entire festival was fun and well presented. Thanks TZIFF.

    October 2023
  • TZIFF is one of the best Film Festivals I have attended! Awesome experience with the classic glamour of old Hollywood and the true joy filmmaking! Thank you Tarzana International Film Festival for screening my feature film and giving me the thrill of a lifetime!

    October 2023