"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 Topanga community.


We will have a full week of online content offering screenings, showcases. Q&As, and panel discussions, in a virtual festival environment, the culminating 3 days of real life gatherings, receptions and exclusive after parties in famous Topanga fashion: inclusive, exclusive, laid-back, community-run, filmmaker focused.

The Topanga Film Festival is a prime opportunity to enjoy a wealth of international and local content that goes deep and pushes boundaries. We are looking for the best in short, narrative, and documentary, experimental & experiential.

Jury Prizes will be awarded to the best films in several categories.
Outstanding Achievement will be awarded to Young Filmmakers in several categories.

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

The Coveted Coyote Award will be awarded to the best film.
🌟 Plus audience and Jury Prizes are presented for several categories.
🌟 Outstanding achievement presented for Young Filmmakers Showcase.


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

Young Filmmakers Showcase
TFF-YFS screens two segments, Scouts (age 7-12) and Seekers (age 13-17).
To be eligible for selection:
1) a person in submitted age range must be credited as a writer, director and/or producer of the film at time of entry.
2) films must be 12 minutes or under in length.
3) if you are a student and your film is 12-15 minutes long, please apply in the main festival short film category.

All genres are welcome.
If you do not yet have a completed film and would like to make one for submission or just for fun, check out the resources on our linktree: www.linktr.ee/TFFYoungFilmmakersShowcase.

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
  • Parish Sharma

    Thank you for Screening my Film!

    February 2022
  • A wonderful festival with an inspiring selection of high-quality films! They did an great job at organising the event. The festival staff are so welcoming and friendly. I was delighted to be selected for this festival and hope to contribute again in the future.

    October 2021
  • Kary H. Sarrey

    Thank you for the great experience for our first virtual film festival. The set up was amazing! It was an honor to be officially selected!!! - "Song of the Same Night"

    October 2021
  • This was our first virtual film festival. It was a great experience and it was a great opportunity to meet other creative artists. I really enjoyed the films and the virtual chats. They did it well!

    October 2021
  • Erin Kroncke

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

    February 2020