California Indies is based in Santa Monica and aims to provide a virtual online cultural alternative to the commercial film experience, support independent filmmakers, and promote the art of indie cinema and its related disciplines.

The festival has a bi-monthly and annual structure. The festival is dedicated to international and American short films of all genres, aiming to find new voices and perspectives to celebrate the power of cinema, independent filmmaking and arts.

We also promote our award winners in LA Indies magazine of California. We champion indie filmmaking and provide the right tools to our official selections to succeed in marketing, promoting and screening indie films.

We are excited to welcome artists from all over the world. We believe in the power of independent cinema and seek original voices in various sections of the competition.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Composer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Animation
Best Horror
Best Science Fiction
Best Student Film
Best Comedy
Best Thriller
Best Web-Series-Pilot
Best Independent Film
Best Music Video
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Female Filmmaker
Best Unproduced Script
Best Produced Script

U.S. and international projects completed after 2018 are accepted.
All rights of the projects must be cleared.
Premiere status is not required.
Entry fees are non refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Sybil Jatta

    Thanks for allowing our film "AKWAABA The Awakening" and team to be a part of this most prestigious film festival! All the best of success.

    September 2021
  • Thanks to the California Indies. I was so awarded to win the Award for Best Documentary Feature with The Blinding Sea. I hope to attend future editions of the festival in Santa Monica.

    August 2021
  • harrie verstappen

    Hey, nice work. Enjoyed it all the way! My thanks.

    August 2021
  • Philip Guitar

    Thoroughly enjoyed our experience with California Indies! Thank You for the award Best Horror, for our film CRUDE MASSACRE !! HONORED!

    August 2021
  • Jean-Baptiste Canac

    Thank you for selecting my short screenplay for the Best Unproduced Script Award. I'm very grateful!
    Take care all.

    July 2021