9th Annual

DTLA Film Festival

September 21, 2017 to September 30, 2017

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Los Angeles CA 90039
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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, we want to see your film if it's nonfiction and about music. Note: We're looking for films about musical artists 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.

Please note: music documentaries should be submitted to the Music Doc category.

A variety of awards will be given out to the Documentary Feature category.
Web Series
We are accepting scripted web series of all genres.


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 from Kenneth Anger to John Hawkes.

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.

The festival's 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)




Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from DFFLA.

1. Entries must be submitted by no later than June 15, 2017. Late submissions may be accepted afterward, however, higher fees may apply and all post-deadline requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.

2. Entrants must submit their films through Withoutabox. 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 DTLA Film Festival 2017, Presenting Filmmakers will be required to submit a DCP screening copy and a back-up Blu-Ray of their films, no later than Sept. 1, 2017. Screening copies will be available for retrieval by the filmmaker or his/her authorized representative following the conclusion of the festival.

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.

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 a member of the Festival's senior staff.


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 Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) harmless from damage to or loss of any submitted materials en route to the Festival. I allow Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles 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.dffla.com website exhibition, marketing materials. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival.