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
  • Scott Oram

    Staff and event were exceptional. Well organized and great hospitality. Thank you LBI2018!!!

    September 2018
  • Paula Mozen

    This was a wonderful festival for me to attend. Staff very friendly and supportive. Films are screened in luxurious Caremark Theatre venue with excellent screens and sound systems. I was able to meet other filmmakers and see their work. This festival stands behind its mission to focus on a wide range of diverse voices. If your film is a good fit, highly recommend attending. While there, make sure you connect with the festival founder Dr. Walker, who puts his all into making it happen and an important person who loves film and filmmakers.

    September 2018
  • Amr Al-hariri

    Long Beach Indie International Film Festival is a very competitive festival that can grant credibility to the veteran film makers. Yet the judges have an open mind when it comes to new out of the box projects that are very creative, innovative, and artistic.
    Add to that, organizers and staff exhibits excellent communication at every stage.
    Highly recommended.

    September 2018
  • Marquette Jefferson

    I learn a lot from the Long Beach Indie!
    They explain why it's important to have your film on a Blue Ray disc.
    They also broke down how much a lot of things cost.
    The film festival was held at a Cinemark Theatre...Top Notch!!!
    The Staff was so nice and very professional. The networking was really good also. Thank You for seeing our vision : )

    September 2018
  • Dominique Wilmore

    Although I could not attend this festival I can say they did a great job promoting it (as it happened) on social media! I follow them on Twitter and it looked like a great time with lots of interviews, pictures, and inclusivity of the attendees. I was quite bummed that I couldn't be there!

    September 2018