Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA) is a monthly film and screenplay competition for filmmakers worldwide.
LAFA is one of the highest-rated festivals on FilmFreeway, with over 500 five-star reviews.

Our mission is to promote films, and be another step up in the filmmakers' careers.

Every month, our jury will award the best films through private screenings, and make a special interview with the winner of the Best Picture award. The Best Picture winners will be nominated for LAFA Best of Fest award - the best film of the year.

* All winners receive a free certificate (PDF/JPG file, ready for print). 

Partner festivals:
Top Shorts www.filmfreeway.com/ts
Festigious www.filmfreeway.com/festigious
Actors Awards www.filmfreeway.com/actorsawards
NY Film Awards www.filmfreeway.com/ny
FilmCon Awards www.filmfreeway.com/fc

Best Picture
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Action
Best Sci-Fi
Best Fantasy Film
Best Crime Film
Best Mystery Film
Best Parody
Best Western
Best Sitcom
Best Film Noir
Best Virtual Reality
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Microfilm
Best Indie Film
Best Web Series
Best TV Series
Best Web/TV Pilot
Best Music Video
Best Experimental Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Actor in an Indie Film
Best Actress in an Indie Film
Best Child/Young Actor
Best Child/Young Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Duo
Best Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best First Time Director (Feature)
Best First Time Director (Short)
Best Student Film
Best TV Series
Best Web/TV Pilot
Best Song
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Trailer
Best Original Story
Best Television Script
Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature
Best First Time Screenwriter
Best Drama Screenplay
Best Comedy Screenplay
Best Thriller Screenplay
Best Horror Screenplay
Best Fantasy Screenplay
Best Action Screenplay
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay

* What we’re looking for? Story-based films, which can be in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non fiction), or animation.

* By submitting your film, take note that:
- You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
- The films will not be available online.
- We promote some of the films by uploading the trailers/teasers/posters/production stills.

* We do not accept:
1. Amateur videos
2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
3. Films involving politics / films promoting political agenda
4. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD)
5. Films which were made before 2010

LAFA is a FilmFreeway Gold festival, and a Magic Productions Int Ltd brand. LAFA is a partner festival of Top Shorts, Festigious, Actors Awards, NY Film Awards and FilmCon Awards.

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  • I enjoyed LAFA so very much! Thank you for the on time communications and promoting filmmakers On a daily! We are so honored that River won best sci-fi film! Thanks again ♥️🏆

    July 2020
  • Chloé Dupeyrat

    Thank you so much to the Los Angeles Film Awards ! This festival has been a great experience and an amazing opportunity. I’m looking forward to go back there.

    June 2020
  • Thank you so much for my first ever Film Festival Experience and Honorable Mention: Best Original Story!!!!!

    June 2020
  • Patryk Wezowski

    A great film festival with and had a fantastic time participating!

    June 2020
  • Mark Marinovich

    LAFA is a great entry point into the industry and my win for Best Feature and Comedy Screenplay in the May 2020 contest was a meaningful milestone in my writing journey. The contest was clear and easy to follow, and festival managers were warm and accessible. LAFA is a great way for working and aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters to learn, connect and grow. I highly recommend it!

    June 2020