The We Make Movies International Film Festival is a new festival celebrating the Do It Yourself filmmaking aesthetic -- if you had an idea for a film and just went ahead and made it instead of waiting for someone else to make it for you? You are our kind of filmmaker.

Held every summer in the heart of Hollywood, the movie capital of the world, WMMIFF is the "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" festival, celebrating the self-starters and finishers of the filmmaking world.

Screenings are held at the 66-seat Second Stage space at the Broadwater Theatre, home of the nationally renowned Sacred Fools Theatre Company, providing an intimate screening experience combined with 1080p high-end digital quality.

Hosted by We Make Movies Inc., a filmmaking collective based on the idea of "Making the film that YOU want to see," this 4-day festival will provide networking and social events as well as four days of on-screen programming. The theatre also features an on-premises, full-service bar, The Broadwater Plunge, for participants' post-screening celebrations and networking fun. WMMIFF is a festival based on the idea that not only do we want to show your films -- if your films are good enough to make it into our festival, you're the kind of filmmaker we probably want to collaborate and work with! So prepare to meet other talented filmmakers at our after-events.

The hosts of the festival pride themselves on their knowledge of the DIY filmmaking world of Hollywood, as well as the local restaurant, bar and art scene. Participating filmmakers are encouraged to ask the Festival staff for nearby bar, restaurant, entertainment and sightseeing options if they're interested in exploring Hollywood beyond the parameters of the festival grounds!

Best Short
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay

- No Rough Cut Submissions -- film must be completed upon entry. Acceptance to festival will be determined on merits of first film submitted.
- Selected filmmakers must provide requested materials -- poster or other digital images, a high-resolution copy of the film, and a film summary, including key players from the cast and crew, filmmaker bio, and the film runtime for the program -- as requested by the festival organizers.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Vivian Kerr

    The best part of this festival is that it is run by the same dedicated people who run the year-round LA filmmaking collective "We Make Movies," so it's an incredible festival to network with a ton of indie filmmakers who are passionate about developing new work and supporting artists. The festival may be new, but the people putting it on are incredibly experienced; there were Q&A's for every screening, a red carpet, industry panels, tons of social media exposure, and a bar on site for post-screening mingling. I cannot recommend this festival highly enough!

    July 2019
  • Christina Marie Leonard

    This was an absolutely fantastic festival. The quality of films screened was very high; all the ones I saw were quite enjoyable and I was luckily able to go to a couple blocks and see that there was a diverse selection of films; something for everyone. Everyone involved with the festival was gracious and so easy to get along with and networking with fellow creators was a blast. Looking forward to next year!

    July 2019
  • Trevor Davis

    This festival was a great experience. The films were wonderful and there was wide variety of genres - definitely something for everyone. Hosted by a film making community, the festival structure encourages conversation and community. It was their first year and things ran remarkably smoothly. Fun, inspiring and well worth attending!

    July 2019
  • Everyone involved with We Make Movies was so welcoming and supportive. And every time I had a question, someone got back to me pretty much immediately in a friendly and helpful way. Met lovely people and will happily submit another film!

    July 2019
  • Mariya Pyter

    We had a blast on a red carpet and the screening room was full for our film and we loved the atmosphere and Q&A! Thank you so much for the festival team for having us!

    July 2019