We are sponsored by Princ Films, an International Distribution Representative, which makes our festival a great (one of the best) opportunities for independent film makers to have their work seen and optioned for international distribution representation at all of the major film markets around the world.

Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival is a new festival that specializes in low (under 5 million budget) independent films with great potential for the world wide market. It is a great outlet for filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their work and be seen by distributors, producers, and other industry professionals working in Hollywood. And what better place to be located, than Hollywood itself!

The festival is run by the owner of Skiptown Productions, Vincenzo Carubia who also works in acquisitions for Princ Films. This festival is a great opportunity for filmmakers to have their work seen and showcased to industry professionals who have the potential to distribute their work at the major film markets around the world aka international sales distribution.

This intimate theater is known for it's comfy chairs, red curtains, and warm ambiance that is created by the owners Vincenzo, Anny, and Michelle. Opening in February of 2018, the theater quickly grew a following in the comedy community in Hollywood and started growing a following for its film screenings as well through Blackout Cinema (a local film group).

Now Skiptown decided to grow its adventure by creating a week long film festival event with opening / closing night parties, as well as red carpet photos, guest speakers, panels, and a carefully selected variety of shorts / features, and more.

Awards will be given to the following categories
FEATURE FILM CATEGORIES
Best Picture (US OR INTERNATIONAL BEST OF FEST)
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Wardrobe
Best Makeup
Best Special Effects
Best Production Design
Best Performance By a leading male
Best Performance By a leading female
Best Ensemble cast
Best Original Score
Best Supporting Actor (Male)
Best Supporting Actor (Female)
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Documentary

SHORT FILM CATEGORIES
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Director Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Foreign Language Short Film
Best Experimental Short Film
Best LGBTQ+ Short Film
Best Actor in a Short Film
Best Actress in a Short Film

OTHER
Audience Favorite (Short)
Audience Favorite (Feature)
Notable Student Film
New Filmmaker Award (For a first time filmmaker)

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Premiering at our festival is a beautiful thing! However it is not required. You can have screened at other festivals and won awards, that will not affect the selection of your film.
Films MUST be under 5 million in budget.
Films CANNOT have a completion date prior to 2017 to be considered.
Films may have some distribution attached to submit and be considered.
Films must be in the completed stages of production. Minor tweaks only.
Films must be completed with online screeners in order to be considered.
We will ONLY review online screeners at this time for review.
Any films not filmed in English must provide the proper English subtitles to be considered.
Press packages are only necessary after the selection process is completed.
You may submit a POSTER and / or TRAILER / SYNOPSIS / TALENT ROSTER with your film screener submission. It is encouraged but however not required and will not directly effect your chances of selection.

Submitters understand that by submitting they are not guaranteed selection into the festival and even if selected they are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and entrance into all screenings, receptions / etc.
Due to the limited size of the venue, filmmakers accepted into the festival will receive free entree into their own film screening as well as entry into opening and closing night parties.

We screen all of our selected films off of an EPSON HD projector and have upgraded sound system in place for screening with comfortable chairs for your viewing pleasure.

There are NO REFUNDS on any materials or submissions at any time.
All submissions are FINAL.

Please do not contact about the status of your project before the notification date. We will notify you on or within several days of said date.

The number one rule is that you come ready to mingle and have a great time!

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • One of the best film festivals that i have submitted.. Thanks a lot for selecting my works

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    THANK YOU MAN! so awesome

  • Jillie Simon

    I found Skiptown Playhouse Intl. Film Festival to be a wonderful experience and would recommend it. I felt warmly welcomed and valued as a filmmaker, and we were given a good Q & A after our screening. The venue is a fun, intimate space with a big screen and the quality of films I saw was high. I enjoyed the opening event and was sorry I was unable to be at the closing event - but was very happy to hear our film "A Chance" won an award! And everything was run very smoothly - especially for a first time festival. Thanks Anny, Vinny and Michelle!! P.S. I thought the ideas you guys had for making more filmmaker gatherings for next year -happy hours or after-parties, whatever, sounded great.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    JILLIE! Our festival DID turn out fantastic and than you for your amazing review, but I have to say it would not have been the same without your amazing energy and attendance throughout. You really did add a special light to our week. Continue creating and can't wait to see what you bring to the table in the future. AFTER PARTIES FOR SURE!

  • Andrew Bloomenthal

    I was honored to screen my short film at the Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival. This event celebrates artists and artistry, and the festival founders were simply amazing. I envision great things for this festival, which is sure to flourish for years to come.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much man for this amazing review. It all comes down to the artists to make something like this really work. Everyone really showed up and brought some amazing film. Im so happy you got to be a part of it and I hope to see more from you and hear from you too. You are awesome.

  • Richard Szotyori

    Marvelous festival. Really from the heart ! Excellent communication, great reviews and perfect organisation. I am very proud to have been part of it!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    That is so amazing to read. Im so happy that you were a part of this and I can't wait to see more from you in the future. We hope to really take it even further next year. Thank you

  • We're so thrilled to have been part of Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival. Big thank you to Vincent. Everything was on point. It was a pleasure to network with immensely talented filmmakers. Again, thank you for awarding "Shadow at the Door" with Best Plot Twist Award!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Roshni you are such a light in this industry. Your talent is impecable and your heart is just as fantastic. Thank you for your review, I will have the laurels our very soon and I look forward to more work from you.