SOFF offers filmmakers the opportunity to have their films screen in the HEART OF LOS ANGELES for an audience that LOVES FILM. There are no bad slots in our festival!

Founded by longtime residents and movie veterans alike, the Sherman Oaks Film Festival looks to showcase the best undiscovered movies in the heart of Los Angeles. The neighborhood that was home the mall in Fast Times At Ridgemont High deserves a world class film festival!

Podcast Interviews
Filmmakers who receive Grand Jury Prizes, as well as several Official Selections, receive interviews on the "Discover Film" podcast with head programmer Jeff Howard. This allows filmmakers to talk about their work and their history more extensively than a festival Q&A allows.

The Sherman Oaks Film Festival is proud to announce the Hollywood professionals who comprise our Board:

Mike Flanagan: Director (Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija 2)
Jonathan Stern: Producer (Children's Hospital, Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later)
Michael Lynn : Television Producer (True Hollywood Stories)
Jamie Ball : Television Executive (Disney Channel)
Zac Reeder : Entertainment Executive (Head of Domestic Distribution at Electric Entertainment)
Shannon Makhanian: Casting Director (The Brothers Bloom, Unknown, Mysterious Skin)
Dan Mirvish: Producer/Director (co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival)
Glen Reynolds: Producer/Manager (Conversations with Other Women, Night Train)

Grand Jury Prizes

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Short
Music Video


Film entries must be sent on DVD or via online digital submission of DVD quality or better.

Script entries must be uploaded as PDF or Final Draft files.

The director and/or producer of each project are welcome to be part of a Q&A session immediately following their screening. Cast are also welcome to participate.

Participants agree that their project and material related to their project may be used and/or published in the Sherman Oaks Film Festival program, website and for promotional purposes related to the Sherman Oaks Film Festival.

Copies of movies, scripts and promotional materials submitted to the Sherman Oaks Film Festival are not required to be returned to their owner.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. The Sherman Oaks Film Festival does not take responsibility for any infringement of copywritten materials.

The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmakers.

Rules are subject to change at any time without prior notice.


Narrative Feature Films: run time over 45 minutes in length

Narrative Short Films: run time of 45 minutes or less.

Documentary Feature Films: run time over 45 minutes in length

Documentary Short Films: run time of 45 minutes or less.

Music Videos: any length

Screenplays: no page minimum or maximum, standard format and standard title page recommended. Movie and Television screenplays are both accepted.

Overall Rating
  • La Monte Edwards

    I had a great time being a part of this festival! The filmmaker mixer was awesome. It seems like some festivals are getting away from doing these, but I find them very enjoyable and beneficial. At the end of the night we were all making plans to see each other's films! The film blocks were small which I LOVED! Especially with my short being on the longer side at a full 19mins, mercy was taken on the audience! Ha! It was also the first time I've been at a festival and the Q&A was one at a time. That was awesome. Also, they send you a video of your Q&A!! How dope is that?? Please EVERYONE in the LA area, support this festival! A big shout out and thank you to Jeff and the SOFF Team!

    January 2018
  • Joe Petricca

    Tha Sherman Oaks Film Festival is a smaller local film festival BUT that is the best part. It is a film festival where I met many like-minded filmmakers. There were mixers and opportunities to interact with the Festival crew and other filmmakers. I didn't even know that there were awards and we won an audience award! Great time. Nicely run little festival - totally worth it.

    December 2017
  • jeremy Foley

    This festival is new but it's one to keep your eye on. We were very impressed and happy to see such strong programming at a young festival. Jeff, the Festival Director/Programmer held very thoughtful and insightful one-on-one Q&A's with the filmmakers which was very different and refreshing from the standard 'group' Q&A. The theater is small but lends itself to a fun intimate group atmosphere and we met a lot of other talented filmmakers. Looking forward to submitting and attending for years to come and watching the festival grow.

    November 2017
  • The Sherman Oaks FF is one of the best in LA for independent filmmakers. The organizers are passionate about independent film, are communicative regarding everything surrounding the festival, and the quality of the films is outstanding. The Q&A was one of my favorite parts. It felt intimate and focused and felt like a discussion with the audience members as opposed to just the moderator. I highly recommend this festival to independent filmmakers and hope for the opportunity to return with another film in the future!

    November 2017
  • I could not attend in person, however, I feel very honored to have my screenplay Fight or Play Basketball named as Finalist in the screenplay category. SOFF fb and twitter page have nice updates, seems like a great group of people, and they have been in contact whenever I reached out for updates. THANKS! - MIKE

    November 2017