16th Annual

Universe Multicultural Film Festival

April 05, 2019 to April 07, 2019

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P. O. Box 4781
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275
Phone: 310-541-8040
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Short Film
Film length no longer than 45 minutes
Feature Film
Film Length between 45 to 120 minutes
Feature Screenplay
45 to 120 pages
Short Screenplay
Under 45 pages
Youth-made Films
Filmmakers 18 or younger
Student Film
Films made by college students
Music Video


Film has the power to bring history to life, open windows into other cultures and engage in a way that no other medium can duplicate. Universe Multicultural Film Festival provides an equal stage for every culture to show and shine.

For film lovers, it is a place for the unique movies that can open people's mind and fresh their eyes. For film makers, it is a fantastic place to meet with the others and to create cross cultural film project. For distributors, it is a market to pick up the most diverse films. For locals, it is a wonderful festival that is full of fun and cultural education.


Universe Multicultural Film Festival, organized by Maeya Culture Exchange Group LLC, will present a wide variety of films, including original shorts, features, documentaries and animations created by those selected filmmakers from all over the world. This festival will offer an amazing opportunity to all visitors to find out and learn in an outstanding way about different cultures, lifestyles, traditions and beliefs. For this purpose, all the screened films will be either voiced in English or contain subtitles. Thus, there won’t be language barrier for the audience. Also, there will be actors and actresses performing the finalist’s screenplay at the site.

This film exhibition will also allow the community from Los Angeles to attend and take part in different activities such as industry panels and cultural events. Also, the committee will host high-quality events for the participants and collaborators, including film receptions, galas, award ceremony, and specific seminars with directors and filmmakers looking for new potential projects.


Lynn Tang (Executive Director); Lynn Tang (Executive Director)



1. Competition is open to films that abide by the Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) Vision Statement:
2. All film entries must be in English, or dubbed or subtitled in English.
3. All film entries must have been completed after September 2016 to be eligible for the 2019 competition. Other films may be screened "for presentation only."
Student Films are produced by students who have attended an accredited or Certified professional film school at a collegiate, university or certificate presenting institution or school.
4. The producers of all Finally Selections screened by UMFF may use the opportunity for marketing their films to domestic and international distributors.
Promotional guidelines are available from UMFF. After every screening, the producers/cast members are invited to a Q& A session with the attending audience.
5. Submission package: All film entries must include 3 screening DVD's (NTSC only), the entry fee, and a CD with the following items: (1) completed entry form, (2) up to a 50 word synopsis, (3) proof of ownership (WGA or copyright), (4) Director's resume, and (5) resumes of principals. The Press Kit (including production stills and poster) is for UMFF display during the festival. It will be requested upon "Final l Selection" notification to the film's producer. Incomplete forms may cause delays.
6. Submission material will not be returned.
7. All 2019 film & screenplay entrants grant the UMFF , the right to copy part of their production/project for judging, exhibition, broadcast, website, for UMFF promotional purposes.
8. No film may be withdrawn from competition after March 1, 2019. All entry fees are non-refundable.
9. UMFFF reserves the right to adjust the film schedule. Dates and times of film screenings at the venues are made at the sole discretion of the UMFF. All seats are general admission and show times may change without notice. UMFF shall be held harmless for any delays due to equipment failure or shipping delays and/or if the condition of the DVDs/disks/prints delivered prevents the screening.
10. The UMFF 2019 Final Selections producer(s) will be notified by email , and will be listed on the UMFF website by March 1, 2019 or soon after.
11. Each film entry will be screened by the pre-screening committee and rated. Final jury decisions will be determined by a jury of industry professionals. All decisions are final.

SHIPMENT OF Submission Package
The package to be projected at the UMFF shall be mailed or delivered to the UMFF, P.O.Box 4781; Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 and shall be postmarked no later than March 5, 2019


Each person entering a film is responsible for the insurance and shipment to the UMFF
All foreign DVD entries are to be marked "Free entry claimed under #724.12 (960.60) U.S. Tariff Act, to be returned after the UMFF is completed. No commercial value."