3rd Annual

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

August 31, 2016 to September 04, 2016

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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

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 40 minutes.
Television Pilot
Television pilots with a running time of less than 30 minutes.
Student Film
Films of 40 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 Youth Film Prize
The SFUAD/LBI film prize offers a substantial, 4-year partial tuition scholarship to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design to the winner. Applicants much be either a high school senior or enrolled at a community college.
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.


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


Celebrating global diversity, Long Beach Indie is an international film, media, and music festival taking place August 31-September 4, 2016 in scenic Long Beach, California.

We’re looking for films, television pilots, web series, and music videos of any theme or content. Women and diverse directors are especially encouraged.

Screenings take place at the beautiful Cinemark at the Pike Theaters (all reclining seats) with workshops and panels directly across the street at the Long Beach Convention Center.

In our first two years of existence we screened more than 200 films from 40+ countries, drew more than 4000 attendees, and our winner in the Best Animated Short competition (The Dam Keeper) was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award.

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.

In addition our one-of-a-kind location, 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, along with multiple Grammy winner David Porter and Grammy nominee Xocoyotzin Herrera were some of our guest presenters and awardees in 2014 and 2015.

We love films that embrace an appreciation for the ethnic, gender, racial, religious, sexual, and ideological diversity of our city and our world.


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.