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High-quality feature narratives are welcomed. They can be of any subject, any category, any genre with special consideration that embrace the "pe... More
High-quality feature narratives are welcomed. They can be of any subject, any category, any genre with special consideration that embrace the "personal vision" mantra of independent filmmaking. We embrace a unique diversity of the cultural and ethnic communities of Los Angeles - including Asian, Mexican, Central American and African-American and welcome stories in these niches. Several awards will be given in the Narrative Feature Category. Less

We strive to honor the short film's unique role in cinema. We give special consideration to those short films not previously screened in the Los ... More
We strive to honor the short film's unique role in cinema. We give special consideration to those short films not previously screened in the Los Angeles area. Multiple awards are presented in the short films category: narrative, animation, documentary, music video, and experimental. Less

We are enthusiastic about music documentaries and have a long history of showcasing them - especially those not previously screened in Los Angeles. Fr... More
We are enthusiastic about music documentaries and have a long history of showcasing them - especially those not previously screened in Los Angeles. From punk to pop, classical to reggae, rap, hip hop, Latin we want to see your film if it's nonfiction and about music. Note: We're looking for films about musical artists, groups, bands and the impact of music on pop culture. Music videos are accepted in the short film category. We are particularly excited about finding a feature music documentary to screen at the Grammy Museum in DTLA. An award for Best Music Documentary will be presented. Less

We're looking for high-quality feature documentaries on any subject. Special consideration is given to documentaries that embrace a niche wit... More
We're looking for high-quality feature documentaries on any subject. Special consideration is given to documentaries that embrace a niche within the Los Angeles cultural spectrum. Possible subjects include but aren't limited to: character studies, ethnic communities, social issues, active lifestyles, sporting figures, entertainment figures, environmental, etc. We embrace the unique diversity of the cultural and ethnic communities of Los Angeles and welcome stories in these niches. A variety of awards will be given out to the Documentary Feature category. Less

We are accepting scripted web series of all genres.
We are accepting scripted web series of all genres. Less

Student Entries: (In all categories-Narrative Feature, Shorts, Music Documentary, Documentary Feature, Web Series) Project must be submitted by a stud... More
Student Entries: (In all categories-Narrative Feature, Shorts, Music Documentary, Documentary Feature, Web Series) Project must be submitted by a student enrolled in a school or film was made when submitter was a student. Please email copy of valid student ID or letter of enrollment from the school. Less

Accepting Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), mixed reality and 360° content
Accepting Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), mixed reality and 360° content Less

Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival is looking for women, people of color, LGBTQ+ and underrepresented creative trailblazers to submit their completed... More
Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival is looking for women, people of color, LGBTQ+ and underrepresented creative trailblazers to submit their completed TV PILOTS. We are particularly interested in pilots that are either written, directed, and/ or produced by underrepresented groups, or contain content that represent them. Selected creators will have the opportunity to attend our networking event and panel of TV professionals. Our mission is to present, promote, encourage and/or expand diverse perspectives to the culturally rich Downtown Los Angeles community as well as to TV executives, showrunners and other industry professionals. **TV PILOTS must be a minimum of 20 minutes and maximum 45 minutes. ALSO ACCEPTING TV PILOT SIZZLES, sizzles must be a minimum 3 minutes and maximum 15 minutes** Less


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