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06-Mar-2015 4:37am PDT  


The DIY Film Festival

12 Annual April 23, 2014 to April 23, 2015

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

Dramatic Feature
Student Films
Any genre, feature length or short film is eligible in this category as long as it was produced under the auspices of an educational institution.
Documentary Feature
Comedic Feature
Dramatic Short
Documentary Short
Comedic Short

The DIY Film Festival seeks to honor independent filmmakers and self-produced films that demonstrate that great art can be created without large expenditures. We seek to expose such films and filmmakers to audiences through our festival and our various media outlets.

The DIY Film Festival was founded in 2000 as an offshoot of the DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music and Books. The convention teaches filmmakers, authors, musicians and entrepreneurs how to create, promote, protect and distribute independent film, music and books.

We screen year-round in Los Angeles and at various times in other cities in the U.S.A. in conjunction with our seminars and other events. Sometime in Late February, Early March we have an awards banquet where winning films or clips of the longer ones are screened and filmmakers are honored for their work. Also, links to the winning films,or their pages are promoted, and highlighted for the winning filmmakers.

The DIY Film Festival is proud to talk about.. itself! We've had a lot of talented filmmakers in the past ten years, and many have gone on to careers in the industry. DIY prides itself on showing cutting edge films, and honoring those filmmakers who just had a desire to tell a story.

This past year, the 2014 festival was our Twelfth. The best film was a documentary ""NOT ANYMORE: A STORYOF REVOLUTION"
Directed by Matthew VanDyke. We had BEST DIRECTOR(S)
Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser. Jury Prize went to a documentary from Uganda: JURY PRIZE "WHERE WE BELONG"
Directed by Krista Imbesi (Uganda) The winning entries in each category were given editing software from one of our sponsors; Pinnacle editing systems, owned by Corel Industries.

We hold a wonderful celebratory event for the winners each year at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel - and some photos of the yearly event are available at the website as well. We've had a number of our festival winners and filmmakers go on to greater success, including films that have been broadcast on cable tv, theatrical release, and success in the DIY distribution world.

Please check out the webpage to get a flavor of the kind of films that we've been lucky enough to feature at our festival!

Richard Martini (Programming director)

The films should follow the paradigm of "Do It Yourself" filmmaking. This means no film studio or major corporation financed your film. However, in the case of student filmmakers, we're aware that there are funds made available to finish your film. Basically, we're a film festival that highlights and focuses on the ability to tell a good story, a moving story, an interesting story using the tools that are available to everyone. That being said, it's up to you how professional your film looks, or your story is. We firmly believe in Jean Cocteau's maxim "When the cost of making films is as much as a pencil and piece of paper, then we'll find true art."


Final determination on festival qualifications and eligibility rests with our judges. We cannot return entries, so please do not send us your only copy of a film. You must mail your project. You cannot drop it off in person. The DIY Film Festival 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 The DIY Film Festival 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.