7th Annual

Cinema at the Edge

October 18, 2019 to October 20, 2019

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2437 Main St.
Santa Monica CA 90405
Phone: 310-313-0279

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Narrative Feature
American and International fiction feature films (60 minutes or more)
American and International non fiction feature films (60 minutes or more)
Short Film
Short-form narrative or documentary (59 minutes and under)


Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival presents films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium.


This year, the Cinema at the Edge Film Festival, founded by Festival Director Michelle Danner, is now accepting domestic and international films of all genres. The program aims to seek out powerful, controversial and socially prominent topics that in spark conversations regarding politically and socially relevant themes like the Refugee Crisis in Syria, LGBTQ Rights, racial discrimination, and women’s inequality.

Previous years at CATE featured audience favorites from Sundance, SXSW and other major festivals, while maintaining a focus on world or regional premieres, challenging films that deserve a second look, and showcasing local artists. CATE has become a platform for artists to showcase their creativity through film and about the voices that need to be heard.

Jury and Audience awards will be given to the best film in each category. All selected filmmakers will benefit from networking opportunities, packed screenings and the festival's signature pub crawl. Our Panels and Juries have included executives at film distribution companies which will give each filmmaker the opportunity to get distribution.

Located in the heart of Santa Monica. Edgemar Center for the Arts is a two theatre and art gallery complex designed by Frank Gehry, just minutes away from the beach. Cinema at the Edge offers plenty to see and experience. At the center's inaugural ceremony Steven Spielberg welcomed cinema fans and noted, "Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists."

Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival will once again present narrative feature, documentary and short film programs, with jury and audience awards given in each category. While we are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, Cinema at the Edge has an additional commitment to see the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore our program juries will be comprised of the best and brightest professionals in the global independent film distribution community, giving films in all categories the opportunity to be considered for acquisition.


Alexandra Guanieri (Managing Director); Michelle Danner (Festival Director)


Cinema at the Edge is open to independent film of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. Each year we select and exhibit narrative features, documentary, and short films. Films previously submitted (and not selected) may be reentered if there has been significant change to the edit. You must complete an entry form for each film submitted. 

Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please do not send elaborate presentation materials, press kits, binders, etc. with your entry. All that is necessary to send is a clearly identified DVD.  If your film is selected for the festival we will contact you about images and press kits.

DVD's and cases must be labeled (preferably using permanent marker/ink) with film title, filmmaker name, phone, email and WAB tracking ID number. Please place DVD's in a DVD sleeve, no hard plastic cases of any kind.

If you have a link (ie., Vimeo) you must submit via Withoutabox and send an email to CinemaInfo@edgemar.org with the link, title of film, director, and Withoutabox tracking number.

This option is available for all categories.

Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only paid through Withoutabox. Entry fees are per film entered, and must accompany the entry form for confirmation. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. 

Cinema at the Edge
℅ Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If accepted we will notify filmmakers by email and phone. Films not selected will receive notification by email. If accepted the DVD or BlueRay of your film will need to be in our office by Feb 29, 2016. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know.

Please select only ONE category for your entry when completing your entry form. For our purposes 'feature' refers to films 60 minutes and over. We reserve the right to recategorize submissions as we deem appropriate.

Jury awards will be given in each category. While the programmers are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, an additional commitment is to see that the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore the winners of the jury award in each category will be viewed by industry professionals working in international film distribution and considered for acquisition in addition to a cash prize.

Due to the large number of entries received submission materials and videos will not be returned.

For more information email us at cinemaattheedge@gmail.com


Cinema at the Edge is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. the individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Cinema at the Edge from and against any an all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by any reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.