19th Annual

Malibu International Film Festival

January 12, 2019 to January 13, 2019

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Malibu CA 90265
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

U.S. Narrative Feature Films
American Narrative Feature Films are over 50 min. in length and the director is based in the US. Premiere status is taken into account for all sections, and films that have not yet screened in the US are given priority.
U.S. Short Films
Shorts can be narrative, documentary, or animation as long as they are under 30 min. in length.
U.S. Documentary Feature Films
Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Apply to this category if you have a Non Narrative Non Fiction film.
International Short Films
International Shorts can be narrative, documentary, or animation as long as they are under 30 min. in length.
International Narrative Feature Films
International Documentary Feature Films are over 30 min. in length and the director is based outside of the US. Premiere status is taken into account for all sections, and films that have not yet screened in the US are given priority.


MALIBU FILM FESTIVAL is an exclusive boutique film festival that takes place each awards season in Malibu, CA. The 19th annual festival is scheduled for January 12-13, 2019.


Each awards season MALIBU FILM FESTIVAL presents the year's most significant films. Kicking off the awards season each year, MALIBU FILM FESTIVAL offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community.

For more information please email us at info@malibufilmfestival.org


Malibu Film Foundation


* Feature length films are preferred to be Los Angeles premieres. Films are eligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to January 11, 2019- this includes the counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura.

* For short films, there is no premiere requirement (films can have already played in the Los Angeles area and can appear online before the festival and are still eligible for consideration).

* Films that are 30 minutes or longer in length are considered feature films. Anything under 30 minutes is considered a short film.

* More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and entry fee.

* Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for entry if the final cut will be available by Jan. 11, 2019. However, please be aware that our programming department may not be able to re-screen your film if you send a final cut after submitting a rough cut. To avoid confusion throughout the screening review process, we would prefer that you only send us ONE version of your film and preferably the final version.

* The entry fee is non-refundable.

* We offer a limited amount of fee waivers each year for Festival alumni. If you are a Malibu Film Festival alum, you can write to info@malibufilmfestival.org to request a fee waiver before the final deadline. We are unable to offer any other entry fee waivers at this time.

* All film entries selected for the Festival grant Malibu Film Festival the rights to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.

* The Festival accepts film submissions from all categories. The Festival may not select films from each submission category.

* All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition.

* Malibu Film Festival reserves the right to change any information contained in this document (including Festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.

* All filmmakers will be notified of their status by December 1, 2017 via email. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing info@malibufilmfestival.org

* Due to the number of submissions, Malibu Film Festival cannot provide feedback on any entries.


*I hereby grant the MALIBU FILM FESTIVAL ("Festival"), all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film at the 2019 Festival. I represent that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. I further represent that I am authorized to submit the above-referenced film and, if selected, will deliver the screening print to the Festival office no later than December. 31, 2018. Additionally, I indemnify the Festival from any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, and attorney's fee arising out of or in connection with third parties in regards to the screening of said film. Further, I hereby agree that I have read and agree to the Rules and Regulations for submissions to the Festival.