Submissions are closed. ( Please read the 2020 updates below)

All winners of Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarterly edition will be invited to attend our Annual festival held at the Raleigh Studios Hollywood on August 29, 2020.

The screening will be held at the Fairbanks and Mary Pickford Theater all day long. The Award Ceremony will be held at the Charlie Chaplin Theater.

Each winning film receives a free VIP filmmaker pass, they will have access to their screening blocks, festival Red carpet Interviews, Awards ceremony and plenty of networking opportunities in Hollywood.

LAIFFA is a quarterly film festival which celebrates Short and Features from around the world.

Best of the Fest "Best Picture Winner' of every quarterly festival wins the specially curated LAIFFA trophy.

Films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards!

Films for the screening during the festival will be selected by our programming Dept. from the pool of winning films. Not all winning films will be selected for the screening, but all winning filmmakers will be invited to the award ceremony.

The annual festival mega event will be held on August 29, 2020.
Venue: Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
5300 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA

All winning films will be awarded hard copy Certificate during the award ceremony.

UPDATE - (Covid-19).
Red Carpet interviews, Screenings and Award ceremony 2020.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking an abundance of caution regarding our filmmakers, volunteers, and our audiences' health and safety. Everyone is facing a devastating financial burden and international travel restrictions.

LAIFFA is canceling our live screening, Red Carpet event, and the Award ceremony of 2020, which was scheduled to be held on August 29, 2020, at Raleigh Studios Hollywood.

As scheduled, summer edition winners will be announced on August 29, 2020, but this time it will be online through our website and social media.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not make our winning films available for online viewing.

All our 2020 winners will be invited to attend the award ceremony to receive their awards if they wish to attend our next year's festival, which will be held on August 28, 2021. Details of the 2021 festival event will be passed along to you as they become available.

• Best Picture
• Best Drama Short
• Best Drama Student Short
• Best Comedy/Dramedy Short
• Best Horror Short
• Best LGBT Short
• Best Action/Thriller Short
• Best SCI-FI Short
• Best Foreign Short
• Best Experimental
• Best Travel/Time-Lapse Short
• Best Animation Short
• Best Web Series/New Media (Live-Action or Animation)
• Best Documentary Short
• Best Documentary Feature
• Best Music Video
• Best Trailer/Promo
• Best Screenplay Short (Max 20 pages)
• Best Screenplay Feature
• Best Feature Film All Genre
• Best Foreign Feature
• Best Editing (Additional Category)
• Best Original Music Score (Additional Category)
• Best Cinematography (Additional Category)
• Best Producer (Additional Category)
• Best Produced Screenplay Short (Additional Category)
• Best Produced Screenplay Feature (Additional Category)
• Best Director - Music Video (Additional Category)
• Best Director- Animation Short (Additional Category)
• Best Director- Animation Feature (Additional Category)
• Best Director - Documentary Short (Additional Category)
• Best Director - Documentary Feature (Additional Category)
• Best Director - Short (Additional Category)
• Best Director - Student Short (Additional Category)
• Best Director Feature (Additional Category)
• Best Woman Filmmaker (Additional Category)
• Best First Time Filmmaker (Additional Category)
• Best Actress (Additional Category)
• Best Actor (Additional Category)
• Screenplay 1st place
• Screenplay 2nd place
• Screenplay 3rd place

Please read all rules and regulations before submitting your project.

LAIFFA is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting your film to the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards the individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

1. Upload an official poster
2. Synopsis
3. Vimeo link or upload your film to FilmFreeway submission page.

We do not accept DVD, Blue Ray or DCP files. We accept all genres in any language, from around the world. Please select the right category while submitting to avoid disqualification.

a. All films must be English or have subtitles in English.

b. Films must be submitted to at least one Genre in order to qualify for additional technical categories.

c. After a film has been a Semi-Finalist, the filmmaker will be notified. Semi Finalist doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that you are now eligible for the awards consideration and you can use the festival Laurel’s for your promotions.

d. Winning categories varies every month depending on the submission we receive. If we think the categories submitted is not to a standard of LAIFFA win, it will be removed.

e. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • I was thrilled that my screenplay won 2nd place for June last year! It was very professional and I met so many people from around the globe! No regrets, this was my second experience at a film festival and it's encouraging me to submit to more!

    June 2020
  • Timothy Jacobson

    Our creative team at Sustainable Driftless, Inc. is thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards with our documentary "Decoding the Driftless," and we are so very appreciative of the recognition our film received there! The event was wonderful, and it’s a classy organization! It was so cool having the award ceremony at a Hollywood film studio! A fest not to be missed!

    April 2020
  • April Phillips

    What a thrill to receive an award at this super cool festival in a fabulous city. Great communication and friendly team. Thanks so much!

    December 2019
  • Shaun Cunningham

    Another wonderfully-organized event this year. Great to see some familiar faces and some new ones too. There's always a warm welcome and fun vibe at LAIFFA. I'm based in Dallas, but I fly into LA for this event when I'm able to. Honored to win three awards this year. Thanks for all you do guys, and congratulations to all the winners this season.

    October 2019
  • Nothing more to say with a big regret...

    October 2019