ARTISTS RISE UP LOS ANGELES is a group of over 200 artists who are committed to positive and revolutionary change in response to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Using our unique and diverse artistic voices, ARULA creates original theatre and art, and donates all event proceeds to charitable organizations dedicated to bringing social justice to the world.

The first annual ARULA Short Film Festival will showcase the best politically-themed short films from around the world. ARULA brings political activism to the stage, to the street, and now…to the screen.

ARULA is currently seeking short narrative and documentary films that explore political and/or social issues.

ARULA Short Film Festival will have its Los Angeles premiere on November 08, 2017. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Planned Parenthood Our jury members include writers, directors, producers, and studio executives.

We hope you will RISE UP with us by bringing your story to the screen!

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be given to Best Short Comedy, Best Short Drama, and Best Documentary. Additionally, a Jury Award and Audience Award will be granted. The top short films will also be showcased on the ARULA website.

Rules & Terms

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE RULES AND ENSURE YOUR FILM IS ELIGIBLE BEFORE SUBMITTING TO EACH CATEGORY. SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

* Films must be completed on or after November 8, 2016.
* Films must be in English or with English subtitles.
* Films may have a maximum running time of 10 minutes.
* All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway. Please don't send discs or any downloadable files to us
* Works in progress are accepted
* Entries will not be returned
* Entry fees are non-refundable
* Final eligibility will be determined by festival programming team.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION
Programming decisions are made by the festival directors and our selection committee. If accepted, we will notify filmmakers by email. After acceptance, the exhibition format will need to be in our office two weeks before the festival. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. We do not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

SHIPPING
Cost of shipping exhibition copies to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. The festival can not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Please use as little packaging material as possible to cut down on trash.