10th Annual

DTLA Film Festival

October 17, 2018 to October 21, 2018

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2658 Griffith Park Blvd #389
Los Angeles CA 90039
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
High-quality feature narratives are welcomed. They can be of any subject, any category, any genre with special consideration that embrace the "personal vision" mantra of independent filmmaking.

We embrace a unique diversity of the cultural and ethnic communities of Los Angeles - including Asian, Mexican, Central American and African-American and welcome stories in these niches.

Several awards will be given in the Narrative Feature Category.
We strive to honor the short film's unique role in cinema. We give special consideration to those short films not previously screened in the Los Angeles area.

Multiple awards are presented in the short films category: narrative, animation, documentary, music video, and experimental.
Music Documentary
We are enthusiastic about music documentaries and have a long history of showcasing them - especially those not previously screened in Los Angeles. From punk to pop, classical to reggae, rap, hip hop, Latin we want to see your film if it's nonfiction and about music. Note: We're looking for films about musical artists, groups, bands and the impact of music on pop culture. Music videos are accepted in the short film category.

We are particularly excited about finding a feature music documentary to screen at the Grammy Museum in DTLA.

An award for Best Music Documentary will be presented.
Documentary Feature
We're looking for high-quality feature documentaries on any subject.

Special consideration is given to documentaries that embrace a niche within the Los Angeles cultural spectrum.

Possible subjects include but aren't limited to: character studies, ethnic communities, social issues, active lifestyles, sporting figures, entertainment figures, environmental, etc.

We embrace the unique diversity of the cultural and ethnic communities of Los Angeles and welcome stories in these niches.

A variety of awards will be given out to the Documentary Feature category.
Web Series
We are accepting scripted web series of all genres.
Student Films in all categories
Student Entries: (In all categories-Narrative Feature, Shorts, Music Documentary, Documentary Feature, Web Series) Project must be submitted by a student enrolled in a school or film was made when submitter was a student. Please email copy of valid student ID or letter of enrollment from the school.
Virtual Reality
Accepting Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), mixed reality and 360° content. Submission requirements. Non room scale VR/360 submissions must include a download link to an equirectangular mp4 video file. Room scale VR submissions must include an
mp4 video sample, a download link to .exe file, along with any additional hardware or square footage requirements. AR submissions must include an .appx file, or app download link. *email supplemental info and questions to justin@dtlaff.com
Television Pilots
Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival is looking for women, people of color,
LGBTQ+ and underrepresented creative trailblazers to submit their completed
TV PILOTS. We are particularly interested in pilots that are either
written, directed, and/ or produced by underrepresented groups, or contain
content that represent them. Selected creators will have the opportunity to
attend our networking event and panel of TV professionals. Our mission is
to present, promote, encourage and/or expand diverse perspectives to the
culturally rich Downtown Los Angeles community as well as to TV executives,
showrunners and other industry professionals. **TV PILOTS must be a minimum
of 20 minutes and maximum 45 minutes. ALSO ACCEPTING TV PILOT SIZZLES,
sizzles must be a minimum 3 minutes and maximum 15 minutes**
Animated Web Series
Animation Web series: - Submissions should have a minimum of two episodes
(of the same project) totaling at least 10 minutes of total run time. - All
genres are welcome (drama, comedy, action, Syfy, Documentary, LGBTQ,
Script, Horror, etc. - Projects originating from outside of the United
States are eligible. If the submitted content is a continuation of an
existing series, only new episodes are eligible. Short Animated
Films/Videos: max 20 minutes Animated Films: minimum 65 minutes.


Set in one of the defining urban centers of the world, DTLA Film Festival (Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles) has as its mission to exhibit a wide array of independent film and filmmakers from throughout the U.S. and abroad with a primary focus on those that explore the history, architecture, cultural diversity and contemporary social and political issues of the modern urban landscape.

We also seek to draw worldwide attention to Downtown LA. as the nexus of the Creative Capital of the World where film, music, video games and digital entertainment media converge.

Finally, each year we pay homage to the unique role that downtown Los Angeles has played in the development of American cinema.


DTLA Film Festival was established in 2007, proclaimed by L.A. Weekly to be among the Top 5 Film Festivals in Los Angeles. The festival celebrates the renaissance of downtown LA (DTLA) in all its facets - its historic movie palaces, its legendary cultural institutions, its thriving business and residential communities, and its unique ethnic-cultural diversity.

DTLA is the midst of a historic building boom not seen since the 1920s. Dozens of restaurants, lounges, galleries and hotels have opened in the last year. Established digital and other corporate brands, creative agencies and high-tech start-ups are setting up shop. DTLA is the most exciting place to be in Los Angeles - its new creative nexus - and DTLA Film Fest is the largest film event in DTLA.

Since 2008 the festival has screened more than a thousand narrative and documentary features and shorts. We embrace diversity in front of and behind the camera. We lean toward films that push the creative envelope. And through the years we've honored an array of artists who have contributed to independent cinema Kenneth Anger, John Hawkes, Laura Dern, Mark Ruffalo, Charles Burnett, Penelope Spheeris, Allison Anders and Robert Altman.

Our audience is comprised of entertainment industry professionals: producers, agents, filmmakers, film financiers and other film, music, TV, video game, Internet, marketing and fashion industry creatives. Films at our festival enjoy the advantage of being seen by the industry influentials that can make a difference in your film and your career. Last year alone, fully half the features presented received distribution deals.

Last year the festival launched it's industry outreach program a first of it's kind initiative linking participating filmmakers with distributors. We are excited to continue this innovative program in 2018.

The 10th Annual DTLA Film Festival will be held October 17-21, 2018. Primary screening venue is Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14, the only multiplex in downtown Los Angeles, featuring state-of-the-art a/v equipment and facilities. The multiplex is part of the larger L.A. Live entertainment complex featuring 25 restaurants and lounges as well as the Grammy Museum, the Staples Center and other entertainment venues. DTLA is the hub of Los Angeles, and L.A. Live is the hub of DTLA.

This year's festival will have a special focus on emerging technology, cinematic television and urban ecology. However, the majority of the festival's 100+ screenings this year will continue to be reserved for movies of all genres and themes. DTLA Film Fest remains committed to its tradition of fearless innovation and diversity in programming.


Greg Ptacek (Festival Director); Karolyne Sosa (Programming Director)


Rules & Terms
DTLA Film Festival (Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles) - October 17-21, 2018.


DTLA Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the festival.

1. Entries must be submitted by August 1, 2018. Late submissions will be accepted, however, higher fees will apply.

2. Completed submission form, submitted electronically via Without A Box.
DVDs are not accepted.

3. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles (unless special arrangements have been made with festival.)

4. If selected to screen at DTLAFF 2018, Presenting Filmmakers for feature length films will be required to submit a DCP screening copy and a back-up Blu-Ray. Entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to and from the festival venue. Screening copies will be available for retrieval by the filmmakers or his/her designated representative at the conclusion of the festival.

NOTE: For shorts and Web series if selected your final screening copy must be:
Quicktime .mov format
ProRes 422 HQ codec
Uncompressed Stereo or 5.1 surround Linear PCM audio embedded in the QT file
1 second of black & silence at the beginning and end of the QT files
5. For publications purposes, if your film/video is selected for screening, entrants must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300 dpi, under 2K. Selected filmmakers have the option of submitting a standard size movie poster which will be displayed prior to their screening.

NOTE: Only electronic images will be accepted for the official festival catalog-program. We also encourage submitting as much publicity material that is available and a complete credit list. These additional materials cannot be returned. Any materials that entrants wish to be seen by the programming committee should be submitted in duplicate with this application.

6. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Co-Directors.



I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows:
I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true. This film is not subject to litigation and is not threatened by any litigation. I hold Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival Los Angeles (DTLAFF) harmless from damage to or loss of any submitted materials en route to the Festival. I allow Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival (DTLAFF) to use all submitted materials for promotional and festival screening purposes, including but not limited to using excerpts for festival marketing and promotional reels, press releases, www.dtlaff.com website exhibition, marketing materials. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival.