The Imperial Valley Film Festival & Artist Showcase is a juried exhibition of independent filmmakers' and artists' work. This year's festival will include a screening of films, industry panels, Q&As with working professionals, and an Artist Gallery. The Festival will showcase a wide range of film projects, including shorts, features, music videos, and documentaries created by students and independent filmmakers from throughout the world, with special emphasis given to those who live/lived, attend school, have local ties to, or work in Imperial County, Yuma and Mexicali.

Filmmakers from around the globe are encouraged to submit!

This year's festival will take place at the Movies Imperial Theaters in Imperial, CA!

Special guests who have previously appeared at the festival include Editor/Producer George Folsey Jr, producer of "An American Werewolf in London" and Michael Jackson's Thriller, Max Arciniega, actor from "Breaking Bad," "Bosch," and "Better Call Saul," and Michael Lannan, creator and Executive Producer of the HBO series "Looking."

This year as the festival opens on Friday the 13th, we'll be having a special Horror category so please submit your horror shorts and features!

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be given in the following categories:
Best of the Festival
Best Music Video
Best Documentary
Best Representation of Imperial Valley Life
Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Horror Film

Best of the Festival will receive $300 cash prize.

Best Representation of Imperial Valley Life will receive $100 cash prize.

Best Horror Film will receive $100 cash prize.

Awards and prizes are subject to change based on the final list of entrees.

Submission to the Imperial Valley Film Festival includes One (1) ticket to the entire festival.

Rules & Terms

Submissions made after the deadline will not be accepted.

Multiple entries are allowed, but filmmakers must submit each entry individually.

No fee waivers will be granted. Please do not request one.

Submissions to the "Imperial Valley Filmmaker" category are eligible for all award categories. However, submitters MUST provide evidence that he or she is a current resident of Imperial County, California or Mexicali, Mexico. Films produced within Imperial County, California or Mexicali, Mexico are also eligible. If the submitter does not provide sufficient evidence, the film will be automatically rejected and no refund will be provided.

Submissions to the "Horror Genre" Category are eligible to win the "Best Horror Film" and "Best of the Festival" Awards.

The festival will accept films that adhere to the Motion Picture Association of America Ratings Board System, which includes: General Audience (G), Parental Guidance Suggested (PG), Parents Strongly Cautioned for anyone below the age of 13 (PG-13), and Restricted to anyone below the age of 17 (R). Any film or video containing R-rated material, nudity, graphic violence, or in the exclusive opinion of the Imperial County Film Commission glamorizes drug use or drug references, or alcohol or cigarette consumption may not be accepted for screening. Each film will be taken on a case-by-case basis.

No film that would be considered NC-17 will be accepted.

Entry videos may only be submitted online through FilmFreeway.

Submission to the festival does not guaranteed acceptance.

If accepted, films will be screened in digital file format. Final delivery of films will be submitted through Dropbox or on a physical drive to the Imperial Valley Film Commission.

By submitting, the submitter states that she or he:

Is authorized to submit the Film as the owner or an Agent of the owner.

Has accepted the rules and regulations of the Imperial County Film Festival.

Agrees that the submitted copy will not be returned and no refunds will be given.

Allows the Imperial County Film Commission the right to promote, through all media types and outlets, the film submitted and to allow the film to be screened at the Imperial Valley Film Festival event.

Understands the Imperial Valley Film Festival is not responsible for damages or losses resulting from the festival acceptance or rejection or any other possible or unforeseen circumstance.

For additional information, please visit the Festival's website.

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    Ramon Torres

    We were unable to go but the film festival team was very communicative which was appreciated!

    October 2017