About the Festival

The LA Film Festival is a premiere platform for the exhibition of select new works from emerging and established independent storytellers with unique voices and innovative visions. Taking place June 1-9, 2016, the LA Film Festival showcases compelling new independent films, TV, emerging online content and filmmaker driven studio titles.

The Festival fosters valuable alliances and working relationships between independent artists and the film industry. Signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Coffee Talks, Master Classes, the Spirit of Independence Award, Fast Track (a film financing market) and Diversity Speaks (a day-long forum for content creators of color).

Selection to the LA Film Festival qualifies films for prestigious awards, including the:
– Film Independent Spirit Awards (feature films)
– Cinema Eye Honors for Non Fiction Filmmaking (documentary feature films)
– Academy Awards® in the Narrative, Animated, and Documentary Short Film categories (short films)

Select Films are eligible for a variety of Jury Awards and Audience Awards. Check back for details on these awards in April 2016.

The LA Film Festival is produced by Film Independent, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and filmmakers that embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent’s additional marquee events include the ever-popular Film Independent at LACMA series, the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Film Independent Forum and Directors Close-Up.