The 2017 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will screen over 60 features and shorts in the spectacular setting of Mammoth Lakes—California’s premier mountain resort, high in the Eastern Sierra. It will take place on the Wednesday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

MLFF captures the imagination of audiences and contributes to the vitality of film culture by providing emerging filmmakers with an opportunity to show their latest work in a vibrant and nurturing atmosphere. Visitors are drawn to the area to experience exciting new films by both new and established independent artists, and for the opportunity to mingle with them at fun and friendly daily events. The festival is also a forum for filmmakers to have their work seen by industry professionals who have the potential to provide mentorship and propel their careers.

We are committed to promoting film as an art form by focusing on personal, innovative, imaginative films by writers and directors with a unique style and point of view. We present these films in the beautiful natural setting of Mammoth Lakes—a perfect backdrop for an independent film festival and a premier tourist destination in its own right. Because we are a destination resort, just a 4- to 5-hour drive or a quick flight from Los Angeles, we have strong allies within the entertainment industry. Our jury members are acclaimed artists and professionals from the world of independent film. We give awards in the categories of Narrative Features, Documentary Features, and Short Films. In 2016 we awarded cash and prizes valued at more than $35,000.00. We also provide travel stipends, housing, and festival passes for our filmmakers. Our juries have included Andrew Lazar (Producer of AMERICAN SNIPER), Allison Amon (Producer of THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES), and John Feidler (Producer of SERIAL MOM and PECKER). 2016 sponsors included Honda, RED Digital Cinema, Panavision, and GoPro, among many others.

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, a DBA 501(c)3, is committed to showcasing the talent and imagination of emerging filmmakers and nurturing their efforts to follow their dreams.

Awards & Prizes

Cash prizes from $500.00 to $1,000.00 will be awarded. We will also provide travel stipends, housing, and festival passes for our filmmakers. Camera packages and more to our winners. Over $35,000.00 in cash and prizes were awarded in 2016.

Rules & Terms

Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2016.

Films may have screened in other festivals but we do not accept films with past theatrical distribution or that have been broadcast (televised) anywhere in the U.S. before May 31st, 2017.

Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway online screener or DVD / Blu-Ray.

Screeners will not be returned. Do not send us masters.

No Fee Waivers are available.

Entry fees are non refundable.

No commercials.

Screeners must be labeled with the title, running time, your email address, and your phone number.

We do consider works in progress but your film needs to be close to completion and if selected it must be completed before March 15, 2017.

If submitting from FilmFreeway please place your FilmFreeway# on the Screener.

Do not send a press kit until your film has been selected.

All Non-English language films must have legible English subtitles.

All multiple submissions must have separate forms and appropriate fees.

The selection committees’ decisions are final.

If your film is selected your screening print and one backup must arrive by May 1, 2017.

If your film is selected you must provide 2 high resolution screen shots and 2-4 DVDs or a secured online link for press by April 30, 2017. You will also be asked to provide press materials and a trailer for the website, posters and flyers.

All filmmakers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian submit for you.

Filmmakers must be authorized to submit their films to the 2017 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) and are responsible for the accuracy of all information provided on the application form.

The MLFF may use images, sounds and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes in all media including the MLFF website and may present accepted films at the 2017 MLFF.

You indicate that you have read and understand the MLFF entry guidelines and rules and regulations and that you agree to the MLFF Terms and Conditions. Furthermore, you indicate that you shall indemnify and hold harmless the MLFF 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.

3 Reviews

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    Zach Strum

    Some of the best films, hospitality and camaraderie I've experienced at a festival. They compensated us for travel and put us up in dorms with other filmmakers so we all became fast friends. Everyone was there to support each other and it felt authentic. Also--there were after parties at local hot springs.

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    We loved screening The Panty Symphonic! So glad you all came and truly "soaked up" the local hot spots!

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    Brian Smee

    Put on by a great group of people. Will definitely be a top pick for festival entries!

    June 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! We loved screening your film!

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    Emily Ann Hoffman

    One of the best festivals I've been to yet! Extremely welcoming community, unique programming, and exquisite natural surroundings.

    June 2016
    Response from festival:

    So glad you took advantage of all the landscape that is around us. You were the heart and soul of the festival!