24th Annual

LA Film Festival

September 20, 2018 to September 28, 2018

 
Category

High School Short Films

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Official Deadline
January 6, 2015
Regular Discounted
WAB Extended Deadline
January 31, 2015
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Earlybird Deadline
February 12, 2018
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Regular Deadline
April 9, 2018
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Late Deadline
May 21, 2018
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Membership Deadline
June 1, 2018
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately August 1, 2018

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 20 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after August 1, 2017

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0  
REGION 1  
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Posters

Prizes & Awards

This category is not a competition.
No prizes/awards entered for this category.

Category Rules

LA Film Festival is a premiere platform for the exhibition of select new works from emerging and established independent storytellers. Taking place September 20-28, 2018, the LA Film Festival showcases compelling new independent films, TV, emerging online content, filmmaker-driven studio titles, live performances and in-depth conversations with the most compelling artists and thought leaders working today.

LA Film Festival converges independent artists and fosters valuable alliances and working relationships with executives in the film industry, studio system and each other. Signature programs include: the Spirit of Independence Award, Fast Track: a film financing market, We The People: Inclusion in Media Summit, among numerous others.

The LA Film Festival is produced by Film Independent, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and filmmakers that embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. In addition to the LA Film Festival, Film Independent’s marquee events include the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Film Independent at LACMA series, the Film Independent Forum and Directors Close-Up.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

Selection to the LA Film Festival qualifies films for prestigious award nominations, including: 
• Film Independent Spirit Awards (for feature-length films)
• Cinema Eye Honors for Non-Fiction Filmmaking  (documentary films)
• Academy Awards® in the Narrative Short, Animated Short or Documentary Short Film categories (short films)

Films in the Festival will be programmed within one of various categories, for competitive categories winners are selected by competition specific juries.


ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS:

• Please review the premiere requirements. Refunds will not be made for
filmmakers who submit films that are ineligible.
• All feature and short films must have been completed after September 1, 2017.
• Feature films must be a LA premiere. Films that are at least a California
premiere are eligible for the US Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, LA Muse and Nightfall
competitions.
• Any feature films that have had public or festival screenings in Southern California,
including Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, and feature films that have
had commercial theatrical, television, or internet play in the US are ineligible.
• There is no premiere requirement for short films, music videos and episodic
content.
• Feature films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for
Festival consideration and presentation.
• Please observe the running time frames for your submission:
- Feature-length Fiction and Documentary Films (more than 51 minutes)
- Short films (less than 26 minutes)
- Mid-length short films (between 26 and 50 minutes)
- High school shorts (less than 20 minutes)
- Web Series (less than 12 minutes)
• Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for
re-submission only if significant work has been made on the film.
• For submission purposes, films may be works-in-progress, with temporary color,
soundtracks, score or digital outputs.
• Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated in the “screening requirements”
section below) for Festival screenings. No exceptions will be permitted.
• High school shorts must be works shot, directed and produced by high school or
secondary (pre-college) students. Adult supervision must be limited to an advisory
capacity.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING:

• The Online Submission form copy completed accurately and in its entirety, submitted
electronically via Without A Box.
• All screeners to be submitted digitally online.
• Entry fee payment.
• Do not submit a press kit. We will request press kits only if a film has been
accepted.

You may submit more than one film, but each film must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee. 


SCREENING REQUIREMENTS:

If your film or music video is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require:

• For feature-length, short films, music videos and episodic series: DCP (must be DCI
compliant)
• For high school shorts: Quicktime Files (Native Resolution, using Pro-Res 422
Codec) on DVD Data Disc or Hard Drive, or DCP (must be DCI compliant)
• Digital press kits with photo stills (color and black/white)
• Headshots of director(s)
• One sentence synopsis of the film; 150-word synopsis of the film
• Trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards, and electronic press kit


FILM INDEPENDENT MEMBER SUBMISSION FEE DISCOUNT and EXCLUSIVE DEADLINE
To be eligible for the discounted Film Independent Member submission rate, and also for the exclusive deadline, you must be a current Film Independent Member.

**If you submit at the Film Independent Membership rate and do not include your Film Independent Member number, your film submission will not be considered.** Please visit www.filmindependent.org/join to become a Member.

For more information on Film Independent Member benefits, submission deadline and discount waiver, please visit filmindependent.org/join