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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. Films in this category qualify for an award. 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. Films in this category qualify for an award. 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. Films in this category qualify for an award. Less

We are accepting scripted web series of all genres. Films in this category qualify for an award.
We are accepting scripted web series of all genres. Films in this category qualify for an award. 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. If selected you will be required to submit a copy of valid student ID or letter of enrollment from the school to be eligible in the student category. 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** Films in this category qualify for an award. Less

Animation Web series: - Submissions should have a minimum of two episodes (of the same project) totaling at least 10 minutes of total run time. - All... More
Animation Web series: - Submissions should have a minimum of two episodes (of the same project) totaling at least 10 minutes of total run time. - All genres are welcome (drama, comedy, action, Syfy, Documentary, LGBTQ, Script, Horror, etc. - Projects originating from outside of the United States are eligible. If the submitted content is a continuation of an existing series, only new episodes are eligible. Short Animated Films/Videos: max 20 minutes Animated Films: minimum 65 minutes. Less

Must be under 130 pages Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF documen... More
Must be under 130 pages Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF document. Screenplays accepted with or without a title page. Screenplays should be written in English in Standard Industry Format. Prizes and Judges TBD, table read for winners. Less

Must be under 65 pages. Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF documen... More
Must be under 65 pages. Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF document. Screenplays accepted with or without a title page. Screenplays should be written in English in Standard Industry Format. Prizes and Judges TBD Less

Must be under 60 pages. Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF documen... More
Must be under 60 pages. Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF document. Screenplays accepted with or without a title page. Less


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