Join us for the 2024 Malibu Film Festival, May 18, hosted at the Directors Guild of America to celebrate the 25th edition of the Festival in person and online. Be the first to see the slate of independent films from emerging filmmakers. Save the date and get real-time updates by following us on our social channels.

For online viewing, select films will be available exclusively on the festival-curated streaming platform XOLO.TV streaming from June 15-30.

Saturday, May 18

Movie Screenings
Awards & Reception
Filmmaker Lounge

The DGA Theater Complex is recognized throughout the entertainment industry as one of the preeminent screening, private reception, and film premiere facilities in the United States.  The Los Angeles complex is located at 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046.


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Malibu 2023 will combine an in-person festival and building upon the success of previous online editions—an accessible virtual experience for everyone to enjoy. Films officially selected for the 2023 Malibu Film Festival may be presented in-theater or online.

Malibu Film Festival's focus is on supporting emerging directors. As a nonprofit arts organization, the Malibu Film Foundation has held the Malibu Film Festival for close to twenty five years to support emerging directors and introduce their work to audiences, creating a community around independent storytelling.

Malibu Film Festival is produced and staffed by members of the Director's Guild of America (DGA).

Since 1999, Malibu Film Festival has been recognized as a premiere festival for discovering emerging directors. Honorees and Filmmakers who first presented their work at the festival are now amongst the biggest names in the industry include Academy Award® winning director James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, Terminator); Academy Award® winning director Bryan Fogel (Jewtopia, Icarus, The Dissident);

The festival program is selected entirely from a blind submissions pool. No films are given special treatment based on who made them or who they know. Malibu Film Festival programers are comprised of award winning filmmakers, festival alumni, and working union members including DGA, SAG/AFTRA, IATSE and WGA.

Overall Rating
  • Proud to have had my short film showcased alongside so many other talented filmmakers.

    June 2023
  • Rodrigo Moreno-Fernandez

    Wonderful festival! Very well organized and awesome communications.

    June 2023

    A consolidated festival with a high quality in its selected Films. It is a great privilege to participate.
    Very happy and grateful to be part of its 2023 edition with The Summers of Your Winter.

    June 2023
  • Christopher Riley

    What a stellar festival. The hospitality was warm and personal, the films were outstanding, and the Q&A sessions were long enough for substantive conversations, which made them fascinating. The venue -- the DGA theater in Hollywood -- helped my film look and sound its best. And of course it was a thrill for our film, "No Time Off For Good Behavior," to be named Best Drama.

    June 2023
  • My Team and I are very honoured, happy and grateful that my short experimental "F r a g m e n t e d" reached the status of Finalist in the category of Experimental Short in Malibu Film Festival. It was a pleasure participating in this great festival that is very well organised and has excellent communications! Thank you very much for giving my film the opportunity to be seen and recognised! ❤🌞🙏

    June 2023