24th Annual

LA Film Festival

September 20, 2018 to September 28, 2018

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U.S. Fiction Feature Films
Feature-length, fiction films from the U.S. (51 minutes or more) - 

We define the "U.S." broadly to include films that (1) have been financed mostly by U.S. funds; (2) are produced in the U.S.; and/or (3) are directed by filmmakers who currently live, have grown up, or received their training in the U.S.
U.S. Documentary Feature Films
Feature-length, documentary and non-fiction films from the U.S. (51 minutes or more) 

We define the "U.S." broadly to include films that (1) have been financed mostly by U.S. funds; (2) are produced in the U.S.; and/or (3) are directed by filmmakers who currently live, have grown up, or received their training in the U.S.
World Fiction Feature Films
Feature-length fiction films from around the world. (51 minutes or more)
World Documentary Feature Films
Feature-length, non-fiction and documentary films from around the world. (51 minutes or more)
Short Films
Fiction, non-fiction, animated, and experimental short films from the U.S. and around the world (25 minutes or less)
Mid-length Short Films
Fiction, non-fiction, animated, and experimental short films from the U.S. and around the world (26 to 50 minutes)
Music Videos
Visually inventive music videos from the U.S. and around the world (10 minutes or less)
High School Short Films
Short films that have been shot, directed and produced by high school or secondary school (pre-college/university) students. Adult supervision must be limited to an advisory capacity only. (20 minutes or less)
Episodic Series
Fiction or non-fiction series that demonstrates episodic, online storytelling. Multiple episodes can be submitted, as long as it does not exceed 25 minutes in total, or a single TV episode may be submitted up to 25 minutes. Web Series episodes and TV series episodes will both be considered. Selected episodes will be screened as part of a larger episodic series program.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

LA Film Festival is a premiere platform for the exhibition of select new works from emerging and established independent storytellers. 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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

*The final submission deadline for the LA Film Festival has now passed, however, there is still an opportunity to submit until June 1 if you join Film Independent as a member. To join or find out more details about joining, please call us at 323.556.9322 or email us at membership@filmindependent.org For all other late submission inquiries, please email our Programming department at programming@filmindependent.org.

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.

ORGANIZERS

Aisha Lomax; Amiel Morris; Hasan Foster; Jennifer Cochis (Filmmaker); Jennifer Cochis (Filmmaker); Jennifer Cochis (Filmmaker); Jennifer Wilson (Programming Coordinator); Jimbo Heiner; Landon Zakheim; Mitchell Brachmann; Stephanie Owens (Filmmaker); Stephanie Owens (Filmmaker); Stephanie Owens (Filmmaker); Terry Chi; Velissa Robinson

GENERAL RULES

*The final submission deadline for the LA Film Festival has now passed, however, there is still an opportunity to submit until June 1 if you join Film Independent as a member. To join or find out more details about joining, please call us at 323.556.9322 or email us at membership@filmindependent.org For all other late submission inquiries, please email our Programming department at programming@filmindependent.org.

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 January 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)
- Episodic: Web Series (less than 12 minutes)
-TV Pilots (less than 25 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 Withoutabox.
• 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





TERMS AND CONDITIONS

RELEASE
I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows:
• I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements.
• All the statements in this document are true.
• In consideration for the opportunity to be selected into the LA Film Festival, I release and discharge Film Independent, Inc., the LA Film Festival, its employees, agents, contractors, volunteers, licensees, successors and assigns (collectively “FIND”) from any and all claims, demands or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising out of or relating to my submission hereunder.
• I agree to indemnify and hold harmless FIND from any claims that arise as a result
of this submission or screening of my film (should it be selected) as well as from
damage to or loss of any submitted materials en route to the festival.
• I have all rights necessary and am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival.
• This film is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims
or litigation.
• I understand, as the authorized representative, any prizes, unless otherwise
specified, will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning films.