Join us for the 2023 Malibu Film Festival, May 27, hosted at the Directors Guild of America to celebrate the 24th 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 1-31.

Saturday, May 27

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.

As We Know It
Pioneering Spirits
Safe Space
Radio Telescope
Regret To Inform You
No Time Off For Good Behavior
Sea of Fire
A Bird in The Hand
Illegally Brown
Destination Angels
I See You
Yellow Dove Aftermath
Save The Bees

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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
  • Gonghee Lee

    I am very happy and grateful for the selection and screening of my film.
    I will make more amazing movies.

    September 2022
  • Human Telegraphs

    We absolutely love Malibu Film Festival and we were so excited that our series, Human Telegraphs was selected to screen there! While we were disappointed when the festival had to move to virtual due to Covid, we thought the festival did a great job of hosting a virtual event! The communication was great too! Highly recommend!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Human Telegraphs for the kind words and participation. We loved the performances from Fern Lim, Rachel Kay Barclay, and Kayla Conroy. A great comedy series!. Thank you for another 5 star review!

  • Hique Montanari

    My feature film YONLU was selected for the 2022 edition of the Malibu Film Festival and we were very honored to be together with so many other great films in this great event of world cinema. Cheers!

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Hique for bringing your Brazilian influences to the cinema screen! YONLU won over the audience worldwide. So happy to have your involvement in this year's festival! Thank you for another 5 star review!

  • Minima Films

    A fantastic festival with a great selection of films. Thanks to Malibu Film Festival for their dedication toward indie projects and the language of cinema.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Minima Films for your sharing "Migrant Birds Fly". You have honored the three legendary female poets, Anna Akhmatova, Forough Farokhzad, and Li Qinzhao. Keep making films that inspire the world. Thank you for another 5 star review!

  • Marc Martinez

    Well run festival and eclectic festival.

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Marc for documenting history! Dream Big (A Golden Time In The Golden State) instills the movement and the times. A great first feature documentary. Thank you for another 5 star review!