Film Invasion L.A. is a film festival that brings the work of great filmmakers together and injects them into the heart of Los Angeles. Founded by industry veterans who have spent more than two decades regularly visiting the great film festivals of the world, Film Invasion L.A. looks to discover new talent and give great filmmakers an opportunity to shine.

Podcast Interviews
Filmmakers who receive Grand Jury Prizes, as well as several Official Selections, receive interviews on the "Discover Film" podcast with head programmer Jeff Howard.

Film Invasion L.A. will take place at The Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Film Invasion L.A. Board Members:

Mike Flanagan: Director (Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija 2)
Jonathan Stern: Producer (Children's Hospital, Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later)
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)

Grand Jury Prizes - chosen by festival's Grand Jury on industry professionals:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Screenplay (Movie & TV)

Filmmakers Awards - chosen by board of filmmakers who have had work screen previous years:
Outstanding Short Film
Best Director
Best Acting
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay

InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.
Winners of the Grand Jury Prizes will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

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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
  • Miri Stone

    I LOVE FILM INVASION LA. Seriously, such a wonderful truly indie film festival. Thoughtful curation committed to increasing inclusivity in their program and to look deeper and broader. Thanks Jeff and all the team. You rock.

    July 2018
  • F.I.L.A. is a tiny festival, but that makes it a lot easier to meet people. The festival staff is very friendly and well-organized, and the video and sound quality was great.

    June 2018
  • Crafty St. James

    This was a fun and intimate festival! The Q & A with the filmmakers and writers is on point. Having my Green Lantern screenplay selected gave me the opportunity at the festival I got to see how much emphisis and appreciation that they have for writers.

    July 2017
  • I really enjoyed this festival! Awesome communication, hospitality, and they worked hard to create a nice event for the filmmakers and artists.

    July 2017
  • Paulina Lagudi

    Film Invasion really does care about the one thing, in my opinion, festivals are REALLY good for...networking. I have been to many festivals and Film Invasion LA by far has the best hospitality and networking. This is definitely a festival where the value is in attending, so if you get in, make sure you can attend. Each year it gets better and better in its submissions and networking opportunities.

    June 2017