Celebrating diversity, the 5th Annual Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival takes place August 29-September 2, 2018 at the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters in scenic Long beach, California. We are looking for films, TV pilots, web series, and music videos of any theme or genre. Women and diverse directors are especially encouraged to submit.

Additionally, Long Beach Indie has a special place in our heart for:

* Spanish Language
* Horror & Suspense
* Music & Arts Documentaries
* Spirituality, Religion, and Social Justice
* Filmmakers telling the stories of women and people of color.

About Long Beach Indie:

Since its inception in 2014 the festival has screened more than 600 films from 50+ countries, drawn over 10,000 attendees, received coverage from more than 300 international media outlets, and drawn Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, Emmy, Directors Guild of America, ALMA, and NAACP Image Award winners and nominees as presenters. More than half of our features have gone on to gain national or international distribution.

More than just a film festival, Long Beach Indie also includes the LBI International Entertainment and Music Industry Conference. The event draws top scholars and industry leaders from across the globe, equips creative professionals with the skills they need to be successful in the BUSINESS of entertainment, and exposes urban youth to careers in arts, entertainment, and digital media.

Location, Location, Location!

Long Beach Indie takes place in scenic downtown Long Beach, California at the beautiful Cinemark at the Pike Theaters (all reclining seats), the Hilton Hotel Long Beach, and a host of other high-end downtown and waterfront venues.

The Pacific Ocean is less than a five-minute walk from the theaters.

Long Beach Indie offers "Best" awards in animated, documentary, and narrative film (shorts and features), web series, music video, television pilot, student film, and youth-directed film (under 18).

Review Policy

All films are viewed by the LBI programmers and a committee of film lovers, artists, scholars, and industry professionals. Each film is viewed a minimum of two times, rated, and will move to the next stage of judging based on those ratings. LBI programmers will make final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.

All decisions are final and feedback for individual films is not available.

Completion Date:

All films completed after January 1, 2016 are eligible for the film competition and we do not require premiere status.

Rough Cuts:

We do accept rough cuts. The final cut must be available for viewing by May 1, 2018.

Screening Format:
All films will screen at the festival in DCP or BLU-Ray.

Overall Rating
  • Martin Barshai

    Decent festival with screenings at Cinemark at the Pike. They charge, however, for making your DCP and for the awards ceremony even if you are nominated.

    March 2018
  • Krystal Foster

    Great festival! Tia is great! Thanks for selecting my film!

    October 2017
  • Felipe Jorge

    Wasn't able to attend. I'm sure it would've been nice.

    September 2017
  • Rob Sherrell

    Great festival. Everyone that made it possible seem to be very passionate about film and media, including the festival's director Dr. Daniel Walker. He's quite the character.

    September 2017
  • Bob Celli

    I was unable to attend the festival due to other conflicts, but if their communication is any indication of how the festival was, it must have been off the charts. Kept you in the loop the entire way. I look forward to submitting my next project and attending in the future. Thanks team Long Beach!

    September 2017