Early Bird Deadline: December 6, 2013
Official Deadline: January 10, 2014
Short films and music videos: February 7, 2014
Feature-length narrative and documentary films: February 14, 2014
Select narrative features, documentary features and short films participate in the Festival’s three competitive sections, the winners of which are chosen by special juries. In the Short Film Competition, awards are given for Best Animated or Experimental Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Narrative Short.
Most features and shorts are eligible for Audience Awards, which are chosen based on ballots submitted by Festival audiences and are presented in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, International Feature, Short Film and Music Video.
The Los Angeles Film Festival is a qualifying festival in all categories for Film Independent Spirit Awards and is also a qualifying festival for the Narrative Documentary and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards®.
All submission materials must be delivered together in one package. Do not deliver your submission materials until you have completed your online entry and be sure that your online entry number is printed clearly on all materials. Please note that preview DVDs and all other submission materials will not be returned. All materials will be recycled through a secured facility.
If your film or music video is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require:
Payment in US dollars may be made by check, money order, American Express, Visa, or Mastercard. Checks or money orders (from a US bank in US Dollars only) should be made payable to “Film Independent”. The film title must be clearly printed on all checks/money orders. Do not send cash.
|Feature Films (50 mins. +)||$50.00||$60.00||$70.00|
|Short Films (Under 50 mins.)||$30.00||$40.00||$50.00|
|High School Shorts||no charge||no charge||no charge|
$5.00 discount offered on all submission fees to current Film Independent members.
For all submissions, include the English language title and the running time on the DVD itself. Indicate the region-coding of the disc, and if the DVD is in PAL format, print “PAL” on the disc. If submitting a work-in-progress, indicate the elements that are incomplete on the DVD.
You may submit more than one film, but each one must be on a separate DVD and must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee.
All costs for shipping submission materials to and from Los Angeles are the responsibility of the sender. Ship your DVD in a protective envelope. The Festival recommends bubble-pack envelopes over fiber-pack envelopes as the fiber type can lead to damaged DVDs and DVD players. The Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred in shipping.
All entries from outside the US should be sent Air Mail Registered or by a parcel or express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.