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 of any theme or genre. Women and diverse directors are especially encouraged to submit.

Thanks to the support of The California Endowment (TCE), we are also issuing a special call for submissions that support its initiatives. These include:

* Social Justice, Voting Rights, Immigration, Women's Rights, Health and Wellness, HIV/AIDS, the Environment, Seniors, the LGBTQ Community, the Arts, Youth, Community Organizing, and Balanced Narratives of Young Men and Women of Color

Additionally, Long Beach Indie has a special place in our heart for:

* Spanish Language
* Horror & Suspense
* Music & Arts Documentaries
* Long Beach Filmmakers
* Spirituality, Religion, and Social Justice.

About Long Beach Indie:

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.

More than just a film festival, Long Beach Indie also includes:

• LBI International Film, Digital Media, and Music Conference drawing top scholars and industry leaders from across the globe.
• LBI Entertainment Business Forum equipping creative professionals with the skills they need to be successful in the BUSINESS of entertainment.
• LBI College and Career Fair exposing urban youth to careers in arts, entertainment, and digital media.

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 Hilton Hotel Long Beach, and a host of other high-end downtown and waterfront venues.

The Pacific Ocean is less than a five-minute walk from the theaters.

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.

LBI/SFUAD Scholarship

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

Review Policy

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.

Completion Date:

All films completed after January 1, 2014 are eligible for the film competition and we do not require premiere status.

Rough Cuts:

We do accept rough cuts. The final cut must be available for viewing by May 1, 2017.

Screening Format:
All films will screen at the festival in DCP or BLU-Ray.

12 Reviews

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    Reynier Molenaar

    Had a great time at this festival! The staff was well-organized and friendly and the other films that I saw at the festival were really solid. The theater venue was top-notch and my short film looked so sweet projected in DCP!

    STRAIN was nominated for Best Short Film by the organizers, so I was really excited to attend the awards ceremony. Unfortunately, I discovered that LBIFF charges extra fees to attend the awards dinner and opening/closing night films. I think it would be great if the festival could find a way to include these events without additional fees -- the awards dinner at the least. I think the final closing night party of a festival should be a celebration for all filmmakers and festival staff. Having paid to make my film, and paid to enter the festival, I don't believe filmmakers should also pay to celebrate with fellow nominees.

    With that being said, I had a great experience at Long Beach Indie Fest and would totally recommend them to other filmmakers.

    I can't wait for the next one!

    November 2016
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    Tayo Odesanya

    They really treated my film and me as a person with a lot of respect and I really felt welcome.

    September 2016
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    Karen Tusa

    Fantastic Film Festival.A+ film screenings and wonderful people involved in the festival.

    September 2016
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    saquan jones

    Outside of the obvious components, which were all so magnificent, the LBIFF had this feeling of luxury when you entered the theater! It was a beautiful location, the red carpet photographer was extremely nice and very comfortable to work with, and the seats in the theater made everything feel like a premiere experience. I have never been more comfortable watching a movie in my life! It was really nice to have such an intimate Q&A with audience members and it made you realize how LA surely takes their film making seriously!

    Also, the interviewer was extremely prepared and looked amazing. We were paired with a short film that I believe was a great choice to pair our film with. The discussion was pretty general in terms of societal race related issues and I appreciated the open dialogue in the room.

    The networking was great because we were able to meet some of the other directors because some of the screenings were going on at the same time and we really loved that aspect!

    The staff were very attentive and helped us with everything anytime we had a question before and during the festival. Such an A1 experience.

    September 2016
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    Matt David Johnson

    A wonderfully well-organized festival that takes very good care of its filmmakers. A pleasure to be involved!

    September 2016