NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.

Each month, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) presents red carpet screenings of documentary, short and feature films that have been submitted from all over the world, followed by a Q&A with each films director. The program also offers a special after party so the audience can meet the filmmakers and incredible talent involved.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year in addition to its special InFocus programming which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming.

Best of NFMLA Awards

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles selections are in competition for NewFilmmakers Los Angeles’ annual Best of NFMLA Awards, which take place each spring and award films played the preceding calendar year across multiple categories.

Best of NFMLA Awards Requirement:
All projects selected as part of the festival are in consideration for the Best of NFMLA Awards. If you are selected as part of the festival and nominated for the Best of NFMLA Awards, you will be required to attend the Awards show or send a representative in your place.


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles screens monthly year round. FESTIVAL DATES, NOTIFICATION DATES and DEADLINES displayed on this FilmFreeway listing are for expiration of this listing and ARE NOT our screening dates.

Runtime Policy:
Shorts must be under 40 minutes total runtime. Features must be 41 minutes minimum with a 180 minute maximum total runtime.

Completion Date Requirement:
We can only accept films that have completed post production within a maximum of 12 months from the date of their submission to the festival.

Premiere Status Policy:
Premiere status is NOT required, however, films with an LA premiere status are preferred.

Distribution Policy:
As is the industry standard among many festivals, in all instances except Music Videos and ‘New Media’ programs, we generally do not screen films that have theatrical distribution nor films that have been posted online without password protection, or are available for streaming on a VOD platform (with the exception of SVOD for short films). However, we reserve the right to make exceptions to this rule on a case by case basis.

Notification Policy:
NFMLA sends decline notifications on a rolling basis, and will contact you directly by phone if your film is shortlisted to go into the next round of consideration. A phone call is just a next step in the shortlisting process and does not mean your film has been accepted. Films have only been accepted once they have been sent an Official Acceptance Notice.

Review times will vary, but please feel free to check in with us six months after your film has been submitted for an update on the status. In order to receive a reply, please submit all Submission Status Requests through the Submission Status Request Form here:

Overall Rating
  • Such a wonderful experience with NewFilmmakers LA. I strongly recommend this festival.

    April 2021
  • Déwun Owusu

    Fantastic festival! They seem to truly care about you, your work, and beyond. I have been part of many festivals and none of them even come close to NFMLA. They introduce you to industry professionals and connected individuals who are willing to hear you out. Not like a lot of these other festivals that just screen your film and you never hear from them again. Also made connections with the other filmmakers involved! Absolutely recommend this festival!

    March 2021
  • One of THE BEST film festivals I've been a part of. Even during Online Only time (due to pandemic) I made some amazing friendships with other filmmakers and the panels were amazing.

    March 2021
  • JJ Shpall

    NFMLA is a truly fantastic film festival!! This the first festival that I have been a part of where it seems like the organizers truly care about the filmmakers every step of the way.

    The industry panels for the filmmakers are incredibly informative. NFMLA has fully adapted to pandemic life and put on a flawless virtual festival. I HIGHLY recommend that everyone apply!!

    March 2021
  • Oliver Anderson

    Fantastic experience and I'm very grateful for the opportunity. Outstanding communications and really sets the bar high for a virtual film festival. Thank you!

    January 2021