4th Annual


January 25, 2014 to January 26, 2014

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Narrative Features
Narrative films over 50 minutes.
Documentary Features
Documentary films over 50 minutes.
Short Films
Films under 50 minutes.
Animated Films
Student Films
Music Videos
Television Productions
Screenplay Competition
California Films
Films produced in or about California.


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Based in one of America's most picturesque beach communities, the California Film Awards recognizes and celebrates important world cinema that represents the forefront of aesthetic, critical and entertainment standards in contemporary independent filmmaking and screenwriting. The California Film Awards honors new and cutting-edge American and foreign independent films in several competition categories. Partnering with notable film industry companies, film educators, directors, producers, and writers, the California Film Awards provides a forum for talented filmmakers to be recognized for their work, creativity, and achievements.

The 2013 California Film Awards Ceremony will be held January 25, 2014. All award-winning films and filmmakers will be announced publicly and to the media at this time.

Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner:
Each year, at our exclusive Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner, the California Film Awards recognizes excellence in filmmaking in several competition categories with the prestigious California Film Awards. The Official Jury will award deserving films, filmmakers, and writers in the following categories: Best Picture, Screenplay, Directing, Actor, Actress, Art Design, Cinematography, Editing, Animation, Short Films, Feature Narratives, Documentaries, Foreign Films, Music Videos, Experimental Films, First-Time Directors, California Films, and Student Films. In addition, Special Jury Prizes and cash awards will be awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Jury.

Screenplay Competition:
The California Film Awards proudly supports the craft of screenwriting by discovering and recognizing important new talent through our annual Screenplay Competition. Top screenplays in the competition are awarded based on the quality and originality of the work. The California Film Awards seeks to discover and award new and original voices in screenwriting from around the globe.

The Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner is open to all media.


James Nicholas (Festival Registrar); James Nicholas (Festival Registrar)


Competition Rules and Conditions

All fiction, documentary, and short films of any form or genre can apply to the California Film Awards. Films should have been completed no earlier than three years prior to the submission date.

Works in progress are accepted.

Awarded films and filmmakers are announced publicly at our annual Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner. The California Film Awards reserves the right to display clips of awarded films at its annual Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner The Awards Ceremony is open to all media.

All foreign and international entrants must clearly label their packages "No commercial value. For cultural purposes only."

The cost of shipping an entry to the California Film Awards must be paid by the entrant. All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

DVDs and videos must be clearly labeled with name of film, running time and contact information.

The entry fee is nonrefundable.

Submission copies will not be returned.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must have its own submission form filled out and fee paid.

The filmmaker will assume shipping costs of material and print to the California Film Awards.

Films produced in languages other than English should have legible English subtitles.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work.

The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.

The California Film Awards reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling.

Please do not send press kits or photos. If your film is selected we will contact you to request press materials.


Submission of a film or screenplay to the California Film Awards implies express understanding and acceptance to all competition rules and conditions.