Film Maudit 2.0 ( is a showcase and celebration of new outré, unusual and startling films. Now approaching its 4th edition, the fest is inspired by legendary artist Jean Cocteau’s festival, Le Film Maudit, which celebrated a group of films that were criminally overlooked and neglected at the time.
The term film maudit literally means “cursed films,” and this showcase of counter-cinema blends together narrative, documentary and experimental films that in their style and/or subject matter, are deliberately bold, extreme, confrontational, troubling, shocking and/or unusual.
We are looking for adventuresome works that eschew conventional genre & format expectations and deal with socio-political issues, taboo subjects, and challenge artistic assumptions and sexual mores. These works can be in the form of feature films, short films, pilots, VR, and works that cross disciplines.
The 3rd edition of Film Maudit 2.0, which took place in January 2022, was a hybrid physical/virtual festival that featured 19 feature films, 15 shorts programs featuring over 100 films, our BEHOLD! Queer Film & Performance series, and specially commissioned new film scores to classic 'film maudits' performed both live & virtually.
The festival is co-presented by and takes place in part at Southern California's boldest center for new performance and media arts, Highways Performance Space & Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. In its 33rd year, Highways continues to be an important alternative cultural center in Los Angeles that encourages radical artists from diverse communities to develop and present innovative new works. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a hub of experimental theater, dance, solo drama and other multimedia performance,” Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.

1. Films can be of any length. Shorts are considered 0-29 minutes. Extended Shorts are considered 30-59 minutes. Any film over 60 minutes is considered feature length.
2. Any foreign language film must be submitted with English subtitles.
3. Submitted films must have been completed (or premiered) between June 2020 and December 2022.

1. By submitting to Film Maudit 2.0, you are granting Highways Performance Space and Gallery the right to usage of any excerpt of your film for promotional content.
2. Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn under any circumstances.
3. Screening fees will not be provided.

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Overall Rating
  • Chris Peters

    A little festival that does everything you wish a big festival would do. Zoom session interview with the filmmakers, free t-shirt, color program, filmed on-site interview on the night my film was showing. Drinks and snacks in the lobby before the movie. Very happy.

    January 2023
  • Patrick is an exceptional host who has curated a wide variety of fascinating filmmakers. I was honored to be part of this event and to be able screen my work at such an inviting space!

    January 2023
  • Philippe SFEZ

    Seen from France it's one of the best festivals I've ever seen. It's insane, modern, so cool, very well organized, the communication with the directors is excellent and the programming is amazing. What a pity that I am poor and that America is so far away otherwise I would have come with great pleasure. Thank you again for selecting SURVIVAL.

    January 2023
  • Ben Manhanke

    Fantastic festival. I don't know what was more impressive, the festival's programming or the event space itself. Patrick and his team have really created something special.

    January 2023
  • Anya Liftig

    Incredible festival. Super organized and excellent publicity. This festival really has its act together. Fantastic attention to detail and Patrick really cares about making every film look its absolute best. A real unique place for unusual pieces. Just very honored to take part. Thank you for including me!

    January 2023