4th Annual

Long Beach Indie International Film Festival (Los Angeles/Hollywood)

August 30, 2017 to September 03, 2017

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
Narrative films with a running time of more than 40 minutes.
Narrative Short
Narrative films with a running time of less than 40 minutes.
Documentary Feature
Documentary films with a running time of more than 40 minutes.
Documentary Short
Documentary films with a running time of less than 40 minutes.
Animated Feature
Animated films with a running time of more than 40 minutes.
Animated Short
Animated films with a running time of less than 40 minutes.
Web Series (3 episode minimum) with total running time of no more than 20 minutes.
Television Pilot
Television pilots with a running time of less than 30 minutes.
Student Film
Films of 20 minutes or less directed and produced while a student in an established film school or program are eligible for the Student Film competition. Submission in the Student Film competition precludes consideration for other festival awards except for Best of Fest.
Music Video
Music videos of any genre with a running time of less than 6 minutes.
SFUAD/LBI Diversity Scholarship

LBI/SFUAD Diversity Scholarship

In an effort to bring needed diversity to the ranks of directors, producers, and screenwriters in Hollywood, the Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), and the BLU Educational Foundation are offering a 4-year renewable scholarship equal to 40% of annual tuition to study film (BFA) at SFUAD to the winner of our LBI/SFUAD New Voices Diversity Filmmaker Scholarship.

All applicants must submit a completed film project (narrative, documentary, or animation) of no more than 20 minutes to be considered for the scholarship.

Applicants must live in California, be members of a group that is currently underrepresented in Hollywood as directors and screenwriters (e.g. women, African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, etc.) and be either 1) a rising high school senior, 2) a 2015 or 2016 high school graduate, or 3) a currently enrolled community college student (any age).
KJazz/LBI Film Prize
Co-sponsored by KJazz Radio, the KJazz/LBI Film Prize goes to the best short or feature-length film centered around Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Latin Jazz or Roots music. This can include narrative, documentary, or animated films.
Youth (Under 18) Filmmaker
Films (max 20 minutes) made by individuals under 18 years of age.


The mission of the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival is to celebrate global diversity in film, television, and digital media.


Celebrating global diversity, the 4th Annual Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival takes place August 30-September 3, 2017 in scenic Long Beach, California.

Call for Submissions

Long Beach Indie is looking for films, television pilots, web series, and music videos of any theme or content.

In addition to our general call for films, we are also issuing a special call to female directors and films offering progressive and balanced narratives of women, people of color, seniors, and the LGBTQ community.

Other topics of interest include:

* Spanish Language
* Horror
* Faith, Spirituality, and Religion
* Music and the Visual and Performing Arts
* Social Justice

Numbers and Impact

Already a FilmFreeway Top 100 reviewed festival, since its inception (2014) Long Beach Indie has screened more than 450 films from 50+ countries, drawn over 8000 attendees, received coverage from more than 300 international media outlets, and our winner in the Best Animated Short competition (The Dam Keeper) was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award.

Attesting to the draw of Long Beach Indie, recent industry presenters include; Oscar nominee Margaret Avery (The Color Purple), Emmy winners Mark Kirkland (The Simpsons), Charles Ragins (The Simpsons), and P. Frank Williams (Unsung, American Gangster), two-time DGA winner Jesus Salvador Trevino, multiple Grammy winner David Porter, Grammy winner Jeff Weber, Grammy nominee Xocoyotzin Herrera, 4-time NAACP Image Award winner Terri J. Vaughn, and YouTube icon Tay Zonday.

Further highlighting the value of Long Beach Indie as a launching pad, the films Hidden Moon (Universal Pictures), The Throwaways (Third World Newsreel), Take Me to the River (Abramorama), Confessions of a Womanizer (Bosch Media), Echoes (Anchor Bay Entertainment), and Astray (Osiris Entertainment), were just a few of our features that went on to gain US and worldwide distribution deals.

Location! Location! Location!

An annual Labor Day Weekend destination, Long Beach Indie takes place in scenic downtown Long Beach, California at the beautiful Cinemark at the Pike Theaters (all reclining seats), the Renaissance Hotel Long Beach, and a host of other high-end downtown and waterfront venues. The Pacific Ocean is literally a five-minute walk from the theaters.

More Than Just A Film Festival

A five-day entertainment experience Long Beach Indie includes the LBI International Film Festival, the LBI Film, Digital Media, and Music Conference, the LBI International Film Market, and the LBI College and Career Fair exposing urban communities to careers in arts, entertainment, and digital media.

New for 2017! LBI International Film Market

In 2017 Long Beach Indie will debut the LBI International Film Market linking film and television producers with global financiers and distributors.


Daniel Walker (Filmmaker)


Premiere Status and Film Completion Date

Long Beach Indie does not maintain a premiere requirement. We accept any film completed after January 1, 2013 and television pilots, web series, and music videos completed after January 1, 2012.

Films that have debuted online are ineligible. Television pilots, web series, and music videos that have appeared online ARE eligible.

Rough Cuts

Rough cuts of films will be considered as long as the completed version will be available by June 1, 2015. If your film is a rough cut, please label it as such and list what needs to be completed.

Review Policy

All submissions are viewed by the LBI programmers and a committee of filmgoers, artists, and industry professionals. Each project is viewed a minimum of two times, rated, and will move on to the next stage based off those ratings. LBI programmers will make final decisions and notify directors accordingly.

All decisions are final and feedback for individual films is not available.

DCP/BLU RAY Festival Screenings

All films will screen at the festival in DCP of BLU RAY.


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 Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, I release and discharge Long Beach Indie, its parent company Perfect Works, 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 will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning films.