Welcome to the IMDb qualifying California Indies!

We believe in the power of independent cinema as an art form and our intention is to promote and screen international and American shorts and features of all genres. We are devoted to the promotion and recognition of indie filmmaking and the discovery of the emerging stars of cinema. California Indies promotes indie projects of all genres and helps to market and provide exposure for filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and all talents who are nominated in various sections of the festival. 

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
  • Frances Sapphire

    Thank you so much... Me and my cast received one nomination as Best Independent Film for my film LA CARROZZA DEI SOGNI (The Carriage of Dreams). Awesome festival, highly suggested! My best regards to all the Commission and staff!!

    February 2023
  • Chrystal Snow

    Very honored to have won 2 categories for my title Angel Dust.
    Best cinematography and Best Independent Film.
    Thank you California Indies.

    February 2023
  • Sean Coleman

    It was an honor for my script "Ball of Fire" to be selected for the California Indies Best Script (unproduced) competition. Thank you.

    February 2023
  • Alexander Carver

    We were happy to have our comedy pilot "Hostel Hollywood" win the award for best pilot/web series at The California Indies Festival!

    Thanks so much for enjoying our work!

    -Alexander Carver

    November 2022
  • Greetings.
    This is truly a wonderful festival great folks great communication. My film Ravage Nation won. I would definitely submit again
    Michael Moutsatsos

    November 2022