Founded by longtime residents and movie veterans alike, Film Invasion Los Angeles looks to showcase the best undiscovered movies in the heart of Los Angeles.

As an indie festival in Los Angeles, FILA emphasizes the work of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and communities. It is our philosophy to honor their work as filmmakers and not place these filmmakers in separate categories based on race, sexual orientation, or gender identification. We have been proud to honor films from every community as Official Selections and Prize Winners, honoring their work as filmmakers and not "Black filmmakers" or "LGBTQ filmmakers" or "Women filmmakers." At FILA, all of our filmmakers are filmmakers and we honor them equally.

We plan to hold FILA 2020 rain or shine. Our theater is quite small, but we will decide exactly what to do based upon what is happening in early-June. We may be able to go about business as usual or we may have to hold screenings, record Q&A's, and present awards with only filmmakers in attendance. Whether our 2020 screenings include the public or not, there will be a FILA 2020 event.

TV Series + Podcast Interviews
Filmmakers who receive Grand Jury Prizes, as well as several Official Selections, receive interviews on the "Discover Indie Film" podcast with head programmer Jeff Howard. This allows filmmakers to talk about their work and their history more extensively than a festival Q&A allows. In 2019 the TV series "Discover Indie Film" premiered on Amazon Prime Video. This series is an anthology of short films selected from the filmmakers he has interviewed on the podcast.

FILA is proud to announce the Hollywood professionals who comprise our Board:

Mike Flanagan: Director (Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija 2)
Jonathan Stern: Producer (Children's Hospital, Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later)
Michael Lynn : Television Producer (True Hollywood Stories)
Jamie Ball : Television Executive (Disney Channel)
Zac Reeder : Entertainment Executive (Head of Domestic Distribution at Electric Entertainment)
Shannon Makhanian: Casting Director (The Brothers Bloom, Unknown, Mysterious Skin)
Dan Mirvish: Producer/Director (co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival)
Glen Reynolds: Producer/Manager (Conversations with Other Women, Night Train)

Best Visual Effects - sponsored by aescripts + aeplugins (
Best Science Fiction Film - sponsored by EntertainmentEarth (
Best Horror Film - sponsored by EntertainmentEarth (
Best Art Direction - sponsored by Art Dimensions (

GRAND JURY PRIZES (chosen by selection jury)
Best Feature Film - Comedy
Best Feature Film - Documentary
Best Feature Film - Drama
Best Feature Film - Experimental/Arthouse
Best Feature Film - Horror
Best Feature Film - Sci-Fi
Best Short Film – Comedy
Best Short Film – Documentary
Best Short Film - Experimental/Arthouse
Best Short Film – Drama
Best Short Film – Horror
Best Music Video
Best Director, Feature Film
Best Director, Short Film
Best Actress in a Lead Role
Best Actor in a Lead Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by a Full Cast
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay (Produced)
Best Screenplay (Unproduced)

AUDIENCE AWARDS (audience selections)
Audience Award, Feature Film
Audience Award, Short Film
Audience Award, Documentary Film

FILMMAKERS AWARDS (Jury of filmmakers from past festivals)
Outstanding Short Films
Outstanding Directors
Outstanding Screenplay
Outstanding Acting, Cast
Outstanding Acting, Individual
Outstanding Cinematography

(festival programmer's discretion)


Feature Length Films (narrative & documentary): run time over 45 minutes in length

Short film (narrative & documentary): run time of 45 minutes or less.

Screenplay (Movie and/or TV): no page minimum or maximum, standard format and standard title page recommended.


Film entries must be sent on DVD or via online digital submission of DVD quality or better.

Script entries must be uploaded as PDF or Final Draft files.

The director and/or producer of each project are welcome to be part of a Q&A session immediately following their screening. Cast are also welcome to participate.

Participants agree that their project and material related to their project may be used and/or published in the Film Invasion L.A. program, website and for promotional purposes related to Film Invasion L.A.

Copies of movies, scripts and promotional materials submitted to Film Invasion L.A. are not required to be returned to their owner.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. Film Invasion L.A. does not take responsibility for any infringement of copywritten materials.

The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmakers.

Rules are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

Overall Rating
  • Proud to be a part of FILA 2021. Jeff's the best, and a pleasure to talk with for Q&A's. Just endless good things to say about this festival, honestly.

    August 2021
  • Arvid Eriksson

    I can't complement FILA enough on their well-curated, well-organised and well-communicated festival. I am delighted my film got to take part in FILA 2021. The inspired Q&A with Jeff was a highlight. It helped me see my project in a different light. Thank you, FILA. I can't wait for 2022.

    August 2021
  • Tom Bessoir

    An excellent festival that made the best of not having live screenings. They did an excellent job of recording Q&A's with the filmmakers.

    July 2021
  • Lyndsey Frank

    Jeff did an amazing job communicating and connecting artists during this crazy pandemic year!

    July 2021
  • Christian Klein

    A great up-and-coming local festival with excellent communication and valuable prizes! I definitely recommend submitting.

    July 2021