"One of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world" - Filmmaker Magazine

The Topanga Film Festival programs short and feature films that challenge convention and tell stories that inspire new and original ways of seeing and understanding the world. Based in the beautiful, atmospheric surroundings of Topanga, TFF screens films to a unique and engaged Los Angeles community in an intimate setting – attendees include those in the film and music industry, environmentalists, foodies and the eccentric Topangan community.

After the successful launch of the Topanga Film Institute and CoLab space, TFF enters a new phase in its history, offering film makers and cinephiles a unique space to delve deeper into exploring visual storytelling methods and technologies, formats and styles. The Topanga Film Festival is a prime opportunity to enjoy a wealth of international and local content that ranges from creative to educationally empowering. This festival showcases the possibilities of filmmaking at all levels.

We will display a selection of short films that go deep and push boundaries. We are looking for the best in short narratives, and documentary films that display curiosity and skill, and that surprise and inform us.

A Jury Prize will be awarded to the best film.

A number of past filmmakers have seen their films acquired for distribution, and/ or gone on to receive critical acclaim and Academy Awards.

Audience and Jury Prizes are presented.


Short Films
To be eligible for competition, films must be between 1 and 15 minutes long.

I have read and agree to the Festival submission and general rule requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film to the Topanga Film Festival. I understand that the Topanga Film Festival will retain the submission copy. No screeners will be returned under any circumstances. Once an entry payment has been processed, a refund cannot be provided. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees. Further, if accepted, I agree that the Topanga Film Festival will also be authorized to publish my contact information in its Print Source guide. I understand that Topanga Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt of any film submitted for a showcase and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for non-exclusive promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Topanga 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.

Overall Rating
  • Erin Kroncke

    Great group of artists and filmmakers, I was honored to have been selected for the Topanga Film Festival.

    February 2020
  • A truly great festival! It is one of the coolest festivals around.

    August 2019
  • Sophie Dia Pegrum

    Expect the unexpected, unique and beautiful. There's no celebrity fawning here, just unadulterated love of film and storytelling, a staff dedicated to making a thoroughly friendly and easygoing experience, and a selection of films that remind us all why we love making films. I met some inspiring filmmakers, cried, laughed and was refreshed by a film festival experience which was truly like no other. And the beautiful setting is exceptional. If you don't arrive with an open heart and mind, hopefully you'll leave with one.

    August 2019
  • Exceptional experience! Urs and the Topanga FF Team go out of their way to create an amazing festival - from the super cool Coveted Coyote Award to the after-screening party.
    Topanga is such a cool location for a festival anyway, tucked away in the Santa Monica mountains north of LA - a feeling of remoteness, yet still so close to Hollywood. It feels like the start of Mulholland Drive just getting there. A truly magical setting and a festival that exudes a love of all things film. Top notch!

    August 2019