Our new date for our postponed festival will be:

August 21-23 & 26-30
Let’s all head to the Drive-in
Westfield Fashion Square (top level)
14006 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

All films, originally accepted for the postponed
festival date, will be played based on the original
schedule and subject to their availability to play.

All existing purchased tickets will be accepted for
the new screening dates.

Premiere status, screening times and locations,
may be subject to change.

These new dates are also subject to change based on
the current and future situation with COVID-19. The safety
of our audience and filmmakers is our main concern,
and any future changes to our festival dates will
be based on that concern.

DATE: 3/12/20 A message to FILMMAKERS, and our METHOD FEST FRIENDS, and our AUDIENCE:
It is with great sadness that I convey this news to you, but unfortunately due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation, the 14th The Method Fest Independent Film Festival has decided to postpone the festival. The city of Beverly Hills and the State of California new advisory strongly discourages any public gathering of over 50 people for health and safety reasons, therefore, we don't see how it would be possible to have the festival at this time period. We have never been faced with such a severe situation, but we are taking this matter seriously and our top priority is 100% based on the safety of all filmmakers, actors, directors, and the public. We are looking into a Spring date and will be selecting a date once it is deemed safe from public health officials to proceed with our event. As soon as we have further information we will contact you immediately. All tickets purchased will be honored for our festival once a date is determined. We thank you for your understanding and we plan to screen all films originally scheduled at The Method Fest when the festival is rescheduled. Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Don Franken - Executive Director

The Method Fest film festival showcases outstanding acting performances in character driven feature and short films. Discovering the most talented new filmmakers and actors and assisting the filmmakers in getting the films out into the marketplace are the goals of The Method Fest.

The Method Fest features American and international feature films and short films. The festival is named after "The Method" school of acting, which brought truth and realism to the world of acting. Many of today's top actors trace their lineage back to great Method Actors such as John Garfield, Geraldine Page, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, and Dustin Hoffman.

The Method Fest takes great pride in being a Discovery festival, looking to help launch the works of young fresh filmmakers and to discover breakthrough performances by bold new actors. The festival has also taken great delight in sharing career-defining performances of established performers and in showcasing a few chosen well-known directors to screen at the festival. "We've prided ourselves on not just following other festivals’ lineups. We screen world premieres and true discoveries, mixed with a few top festival films, " said Don Franken, Executive Director of the Method Fest.

Feature Films:

Audience Choice Award
Prize will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Screenplay
Prize will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Break Out Acting Award
Prize will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Ensemble Cast
Prize will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Director
Prize will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Feature Film
Prizes will include film industry services and a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Maverick Award for Quality in a Low-Budget Film
Prizes will include film industry services a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Geraldine Page Award for Best Actress
Prizes will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

John Garfield Award for Best Actor
Prizes will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Short Films:

Audience Choice Award
Prizes will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Director
Prizes will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Student Film
Prizes will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Actor
Prizes will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Actress
Prizes will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Short Film
Prizes will include a handcrafted sculptured statuette.
Sponsor:TBA

More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by applicable entry fee. The entry fee is non-refundable.

Selection

If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition print/video materials to and from the festival office. The Method Fest can not be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials that are lost or damaged. The Method Fest cannot provide room, board or travel for filmmakers. Please note, festival dates are subject to change.

Festival Judging:

The Method Fest will invite distinguished individuals from the field of filmmaking to serve as impartial judges of the competition. Final judging of the films will be made during the Method Fest. These screenings will be open to the public.

For films accepted into The Method Fest additional information will be sent.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

CERTIFICATION OF ENTRANT

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows: 1) I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival; 2) This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation; 3) I hold The Method Fest film festival harmless from damages to the print en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film. 4) The festival is further authorized to use up to 3 minutes of the film for promotional purposes. 5) To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true. 6) I have music/festival clearances for the music in my film.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Anna Schatte

    We had a wonderful time taking our short film to The Method Fest in Los Angeles!

    March 2020
  • George Zaverdas

    I was honored to have my short Unspoken at Method Fest. A Sunday morning screening with the LA marathon and people came out to support short films. Great audiences, a great venue! Don Frankin and his team made it a wonderful experience festival experience. Anything you need as a filmmaker this festival is here to help. I highly recommend filmmakers to submit!

    July 2019
  • Renji Philip

    Thank you Don Frankin, Bill Kucera and Logan Taylor for including our feature, The Wake of Light, in this festival. The quality of films in this festival were absolutely fantastic and everyone does their best to ensure a great festival experience.

    June 2019