5th Annual

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

May 22, 2019 to May 26, 2019

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Mammoth Lakes CA 93546
Phone: 760-934-6592
Fax: 760-934-6019

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Narrative Feature Film
Narrative Fiction Features made in Northern America that are 45 minutes or more. This includes all narrative genres, including Foreign, Animation, and Experimental. This is a competition category.
Documentary Feature Film
Non Fiction Features that are 45 minutes or more.
Narrative Short Film
Narrative Fiction Short Films less than 45 minutes.
Documentary/Animation Short Film
Non Fiction Short Films less than 45 minutes.
Animated Shorts for Children
Animated short films for children less than 30 minutes. This is a non competitive category for our Saturday Morning Indie Cartoons. We are looking for family friendly films for this screening that plays to full houses.
Episodic / Web Series
Episodic works between 20 and 40 minutes. This is a non-competition category. Submissions must be the pilot or first episode.
Horror/Sci-Fi Feature


The mission of the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, a DBA 501(c)3 of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, is to provide a competitive independent film festival dedicated to the art of film making as it showcases the human story and inspires audiences. We are committed to cultivating the imagination of emerging filmmakers and applauding their efforts to follow their dreams.


Named as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee by MovieMaker magazine for 2016, 2017 and 2018 the 5th annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will screen features and shorts for five days in the spectacular setting of Mammoth Lakes—California’s premier mountain resort, high in the Eastern Sierra. It will take place on the Wednesday through Sunday leading up to Memorial Day 2019.

MLFF captures the imagination of audiences and contributes to the vitality of film culture by providing emerging filmmakers with an opportunity to show their latest work in a vibrant and nurturing atmosphere. Visitors are drawn to the area to experience exciting new films by both new and established independent artists, and for the opportunity to mingle with them at fun and friendly daily events. The festival is also a forum for filmmakers to have their work seen by industry professionals who have the potential to provide mentorship and propel their careers.

We are committed to promoting film as an art form by focusing on personal, innovative, imaginative films by writers and directors with a unique style and point of view. We present these films in the beautiful natural setting of Mammoth Lakes—a perfect backdrop for an independent film festival and a premier tourist destination in its own right. Because we are a destination resort, just a 4- to 5-hour drive or a quick flight from Los Angeles, we have strong allies within the entertainment industry. Our jury members are acclaimed artists and professionals from the world of independent film. We give out multiple awards in the categories of Narrative Features, Documentary Features, and Short Films. In 2018 we awarded cash and prizes valued at more than $40,000.00. We also provide travel stipends, housing, and festival passes for our filmmakers. Our juries have included Andrew Lazar (Producer of AMERICAN SNIPER), Allison Amon (Producer of THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES), Rachel Winter (Academy Award winning producer DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), and John Feidler (Producer of SERIAL MOM and PECKER). 2018 sponsors included Honda, Panavision, Light Iron, and Blue Moon, among many others. 2018 attending press included Associated Press, Variety, Vanity Fair, MovieMaker Magazine, and The Huffington Post to name a few.

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, a DBA 501(c)3, is committed to showcasing the talent and imagination of emerging filmmakers and nurturing their efforts to follow their dreams.

Cash prizes from $500.00 to $1,000.00 will be awarded. We will also provide travel stipends, housing, and festival passes for our filmmakers. Camera packages and more to our winners. Over $40,000.00 in cash and prizes were awarded in 2018.


Paul Sbrizzi; Shira Dubrovner (Executive Director MLFF ); Shira Dubrovner (Executive Director MLFF ); Shira Dubrovner (Executive Director MLFF )


Films must be completed after Jan. 1, 2018.

Films may have screened in other festivals but we do not accept films with past theatrical distribution or that have been broadcast (televised) anywhere in the U.S. before May 31, 2019.

Films must be submitted by a secured Online screener.

Do not send us masters.

No Fee Waivers are available.

Entry fees are non refundable.

No commercials.

We do consider works in progress but your film needs to be close to completion and if selected it must be completed before March 31, 2019.

Do not send a press kit until your film has been selected.

All Non-English language films must have legible English subtitles.

All multiple submissions must have separate forms and appropriate fees.

The selection committees’ decisions are final.

If your film is selected your screening print on a Blu-ray must arrive by May 1, 2019.

If your film is selected you must provide 2 high resolution screen shots and 2-3 DVDs for press by April 15, 2019. You will also be asked to provide press materials and a trailer for the website, posters and flyers.

All filmmakers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian submit for you.


Filmmakers must be authorized to submit their films to the 2019 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) and are responsible for the accuracy of all information provided on the application form. All submissions must be online screeners. Filmmakers of accepted films are responsible for creating Bluray screening prints. Filmmakers assume all costs of supplying prints, including postage. The MLFF may use images, sounds and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes in all media including the MLFF website and may present accepted films at the 2019 MLFF.

By signing below, you indicate that you have read and understand the MLFF entry guidelines and rules and regulations and that you agree to the MLFF Terms and Conditions. Furthermore, you indicate that you shall indemnify and hold harmless the MLFF from and against any and 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 reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.