A Five-Star rated festival celebrating diversity, the 4th Annual Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival (August 30-September 3, 2017) is looking for films, TV pilots, web series, and music videos.
Since its inception in 2014 the festival has screened more than 450 films from 50+ countries, drawn over 8000 attendees, received coverage from more than 300 international media outlets, and drawn Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, Emmy, Directors Guild of America, ALMA, and NAACP Image Award winners and nominees as presenters.
Our 2014 winner for Best Animated Short (The Dam Keeper) was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award and more than half of our features have gone on to gain national or international distribution.
In addition to our general call for submissions, we are also issuing a special call to female directors and films offering progressive, innovative, and balanced narratives of the following:
• Africa and African Americans
• Latin America and Latinos
• Asia and Asian Americans
• Native/Indigenous People
• The LGBTQ Community
Additionally, we have a special place in our heart for:
* Spanish Language
* Horror & Suspense
* Music & Arts Documentaries
* Long Beach Filmmakers
* Spirituality, Religion, and Social Justice.
Location, Location, Location!
Long Beach Indie takes place in scenic downtown Long Beach, California at the beautiful Cinemark at the Pike Theaters (all reclining seats), the Renaissance Hotel Long Beach, and a host of other high-end downtown and waterfront venues.
The Pacific Ocean is literally a two-minute walk from the theaters.
Long Beach Indie also includes:
• LBI Film, Digital Media, and Music Conference
• LBI Entertainment Business Forum
• LBI College and Career Fair exposing urban youth to careers in arts, entertainment, and digital media.
Awards & Prizes
Long Beach Indie offers "Best" awards in animated, documentary, and narrative film (shorts and features), web series, music video, television pilot, student film, youth film (under 18), and the LBI/SFUAD Scholarship competition.
In an effort to bring needed diversity to the ranks of directors, producers, and screenwriters in Hollywood, the Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), and the BLU Educational Foundation are offering a 4-year renewable scholarship equal to 40% of annual tuition to study film (BFA) at SFUAD to the winner of our LBI/SFUAD New Voices Diversity Filmmaker Scholarship.
All applicants must submit a completed film project (narrative, documentary, or animation) of no more than 20 minutes to be considered for the scholarship.
Applicants must live in California, be members of a group that is currently underrepresented in Hollywood as directors and screenwriters (e.g. women, African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, etc.) and be either 1) a rising high school senior, 2) a 2015 or 2016 high school graduate, or 3) a currently enrolled community college student (any age).
Rules & Terms
All films are viewed by the LBI programmers and a committee of film lovers, artists, scholars, and industry professionals. Each film is viewed a minimum of two times, rated, and will move to the next stage of judging based on those ratings. LBI programmers will make final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.
All decisions are final and feedback for individual films is not available.
All films completed after January 1, 2014 are eligible for the film competition and we do not require premiere status.
We do accept rough cuts. The final cut must be available for viewing by May 1, 2017.
All films will screen at the festival in DCP or BLU-Ray.