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 Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn under any circumstances.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
  • Elias ZX

    awesome curation and great communication

    February 2022
  • Iosu CowHedgehog

    This is an awesome festival! It has a real life audience and an interesting film selection and they did a lovely Q&A with me.

    February 2022
  • An outstanding festival experience. It was wonderful to have my work screen with a group of such innovative, well-crafted films, and I greatly appreciated the opportunities for both online and live Q&A sessions. The organizers are top-notch, and communication was a pleasure throughout. Highly recommend the festival to fellow filmmakers!

    February 2022
  • Gavin M DuBois

    Wonderful festival experience and thrilled to play alongside such a unique collection of films. Would recommend Film Maudit 2.0 to fellow filmmakers in a heartbeat!!

    February 2022
  • This is the second time I had the pleasure of having my film screened at Film Maudit and again they unearthed many filmic delights. Stellar programming and a friendly crew. I love it!

    February 2022