Los Angeles Film Festival

If visiting a film festival is on your wish list – the place should undoubtedly be the Los Angeles Film Festival. Touted as the most happening festivals amongst the others in the circuit, the Los Angeles Film Festival is here again to make you drool over it! With an attendance of more than 90,000 people, Los Angeles Film Festival screens more than 100 feature films. The event also includes world premieres of films such as Disney/Pixar’s Brave, and a variety of panels, seminars, and free outdoor screenings.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is widely recognized as a world-class cinematic event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging new talent by bringing them together in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world.

The Festival features unique signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, several Outdoor Screenings, intimate Coffee Talks and more. Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special section devoted to music videos.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and filmmakers. In addition to the Festival, Film Independent also produces the acclaimed Spirit Awards, honoring vanguard films that embody innovation and originality.

It is a one-of-its kind festival in the world where the best films belonging to each genre are screened. Moreover, you will find only that kind of film buffs here that you always wanted.

 

A Quick Review

What kind of films does the Los Angeles Film Festival screen?

The Los Angeles Film Festival screens a wide variety of American and international narrative and documentary films. We are looking for exciting and distinctive filmmaking voices that are telling interesting and unique fiction and non-fiction stories. In keeping with the mission statement of Film Independent, our parent organization, the festival strives to champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. All genres are welcome: drama, comedy, horror, animation and more. From popcorn escapism to issue-based fare, red carpet premieres to independent productions, there’s a place for everything at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

In addition to feature-length and short films, the Festival also screens music videos and short work by high school students. Films shown are segregated into the following:

• Premiers
• Classics
• Musicals
• Spanish movies under the heading “En Espanol”
• Ford Screenings
• Summer Screenings
• Documentary
• Narrative
• Foreign
• Short Films

The world has never seen such a celebrated extravaganza of films. Each year from the past 16 years, the festival has created a record of sorts. This year it is not too different and 200 movies are being screened at the famed film festival. The film festival is special because it promotes originality and promotes new directors who have it in them to make to the very best of the film world. To celebrate the art that is film-making, the LA film festival 2010, brings to you the critically acclaimed Pat Tillman documentary – The Tillman Story.

Festival History

Year after year this festival has been the testimonial to smash world-wide hits delivered by the film fraternity. For example, it was here that the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” was premiered which went on to become a super-hit world-wide.

Festival Timeline and Milestones

The Los Angeles Film Festival began as the Los Angeles International Film Festival [LAIFF] in 1995. The first LAIFF took place over the course of five days in a single location: the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. In 1996, the LAIFF expanded to include the Directors Guild of America. The LAIFF ran for 7 years, until it was absorbed by Film Independent (formerly IFP/West) in 2001. At it’s height, the LAIFF attracted 19,000 attendees. Today the Los Angeles Film Festival attracts as many as 92,000 visitors.

In 2006, the Festival moved to Westwood Village. The transition from Hollywood to Westwood was met with great success, with an audience increase of more than 20,000 attendees from 2005. Strategic partners involved in the transition to Westwood included the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Mann Theatres, Landmark Theatres, the Majestic Crest Theatre, the Geffen Playhouse and the Hammer Museum.

In 2010, the Festival joined the independent arts community in downtown Los Angeles, and screened in multiple venues that included Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, The Orpheum Theatre, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), GRAMMY Museum, Downtown Independent, Nokia Plaza & Nokia Theatre, California Plaza, 7+Fig at Ernst & Young Plaza and the outdoor John Anson Ford.

With each year, the Los Angeles Film Festival continues to grow in leaps and bounds, both in film submissions and attendance, as well as the caliber of work the Festival screens: the number of films submitted to the Festival increased from 350 submissions in 1995 to more than 5,200 in 2012. The number of premieres each year has also risen at a steady rate, from 9 in 1995 to 31 World, North American and U.S. Premieres in 2012. Over the past 18 years, the Festival has grown from being held in 1 theater with 5,700 attendees to include a sprawling list of event venues that attract as many as 92,000 attendees.

Festival Acquisitions

Recent films, which were acquired for theatrical distribution out of the 2010 Festival, include Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul” (Roadside Attractions), Aaron Schock’s “Circo” (First Run Features), J. Clay Tweel’s “Make Believe” (Showtime), and Lisa Leeman’s “One Lucky Elephant” (OWN).  Acquisitions from the 2009 Festival include AJ Schnack’s “Convention” (Sundance Selects), Jason Bushman’s “Hollywood, Je t’aime” (Wolfe Video), with 2008 Festival acquisitions including Darius Marder’s “Loot” (HBO), Morgan Dews’ “Must Read After My Death” (Gigantic Releasing), Mark Mann’s “Finishing Heaven” (HBO), and Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker’s “Pressure Cooker” (BEV Pictures).

Previous acquisitions include “Kabluey” (Regent Releasing), “Severed Ways” (Magnet Releasing), “What We Do Is Secret” (Vitagraph Films), “Constantine’s Sword” (First Run Features), “Resolved” (HBO), “Young @ Heart” (Fox Searchlight), “August Evening” (Maya Releasing), “Deliver Us From Evil” (Lionsgate Films), “Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror” (Xenon Pictures), “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” (Seventh Art Releasing), “The Foot Fist Way” (Paramount Vantage), “Rock School” (Newmarket Films), “Mayor of the Sunset Strip” (First Look Media/Lakeshore Entertainment), and “Kissing Jessica Stein” (Fox Searchlight).

The very famed and names of the most acclaimed directors of the world will surely make you understand the kind of response and cheers the festival is met with. This is perhaps the only film festival in the world where the height of anticipation exceeds the film-makers enthusiasm! No wonder that this place is considered as the Mecca of launching new and bold directors and filmmakers.

Guest Directors Through the Years

Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”)

Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien”)

Curtis Hanson (“L.A. Confidential”)

Chen Kaige (“Farewell My Concubine”)

Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding,” “Vanity Fair”)

Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa,” “Tootsie”)

George Lucas (“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones”)

Melvin Van Peebles (“Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,” “Panther”)

Notable Speakers and Panelists Through the Years

Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Gone Baby Gone”)

Roger Corman (“Little Shop of Horrors,” “Death Race”)

Jonathan Gold (Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic for LA Weekly)

Quincy Jones (Legendary and award-winning music impresario)

John Lithgow (“The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai,” “Twilight Zone: The Movie”)

Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight”)

Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee (“The Pee-wee Herman Show,” “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”)

Sylvester Stallone (“The Expendables”)

Edgar Wright (“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” “Hot Fuzz”)

Khaled Hosseini (author “The Kite Runner,” “A Thousand Splendid Suns”)

Thom Mayne (Pritzker Prize-winning architect)

Allison Anders (“Things Behind The Sun,” “Gas Food and Lodging”)

Philip Baker Hall (“The Insider,”  “Magnolia”)

Tom Cruise (“Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”)

Ileana Douglas (“Ghost World,” “Goodfellas”)

Diane English (“The Women,” “Murphy Brown”)

Jodie Foster (“The Brave One,” “Silence of the Lambs”)

William Friedkin (“Rules of Engagement,” “The Exorcist”)

Janeane Garofalo (“Ratatouille,” “Dogma”)

Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill,” “Splash”)

Agnieszka Holland (“Washington Square,” “Europa, Europa”)

Holly Hunter (“Thirteen,” “Home for the Holidays”)

Lawrence Kasdan (“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones”)

Neil LaBute (“Nurse Betty,” “In The Company of Men”)

Kasi Lemmons (“The Silence of the Lambs”)

Richard Linklater (“Before Sunrise,” “A Scanner Darkly”

Michael Mann (“Collateral,” “The Aviator”)

Cheech Marin (“Grindhouse,” “Up in Smoke”)

Michael Moore (“Sicko,” “Farenheit 9/11”)

Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding,” “Vanity Fair”)

Sidney Poitier (“Brother John,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”)

Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa,” “Tootsie”)

Bob Rafelson (“Five Easy Pieces”)

Rob Reiner (“The American President,” “A Few Good Men”)

Mark Ruffalo (“Collateral,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”)

Bryan Singer (“X-Men,” “The Usual Suspects”)

Steven Soderbergh (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “Erin Brockovich”)

Notable Screenings and Debuts Through the Years

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” directed by David Slade

“Despicable Me,” directed by Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud

“Public Enemies,” directed by Michael Mann

“Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen,” directed by Michael Bay

“Ponyo,” directed by Hayao Miyazaki

“Wanted,” directed by Timur Bekmambetov

“Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” directed by Guillermo Del Toro

“Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” directed by Sacha Gervasi.

“Transformers,” directed by Michael Bay

“An Inconvenient Truth,” directed by Davis Guggenheim

“The Clearing,” directed by Pieter Jan Brugge

“The Cooler,” directed by Wayne Kramer

“Deadman,” directed by Jim Jarmusch

“The Devil Wears Prada,” directed by David Frankel

“Fahrenheit 9/11,” directed by Michael Moore

“Garden State,” directed by Zach Braff

“Little Miss Sunshine,” directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

“Monster House,” directed by Gil Kenan

“Sidewalks of New York,” directed by Ed Burns

“Things Behind the Sun,” directed by Allison Anders

“With A Friend Like Harry,” directed by Dominik Moll

Los Angeles Film Festival Calendar 2014

This is a list of annual film festivals in the Los Angeles area arranged chronologically according to the information available at the beginning of the year. Check the websites listed for exact dates. If you have an annual Los Angeles area film festival that you would like to have added to this list, or have updated information, email the details in the same format as below to golosangeles AT aboutguide.com.

Film Festivals January through May

Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival

Two weekends of free screenings of over 150 short films from around the world made for children and teens.
When: Varies – Some time Oct thru January 
Where: LA County Museum of Art and other venues
Info: www.lachildrensfilm.org

Scandinavian Film Festival

A noncompetitive showcase of films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
When: January 
Where: Writer’s Guild of America Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly hills, CA 90211
Info: www.scandinavianfilmfestivalla.com

The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF)

Film screenings, actor showcases, music and arts events, a Children’s Festival and lots of workshops for filmmakers.
When: February 
Where: various locations
Info: www.paff.org

Los Angeles Italia Film Festival

An annual showcase of Italian films at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
When: February
Where: TCL (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre, Hollywood
Info: www.losangelesitalia.com

DocuDay

Screening of all the year’s Oscar-nominated documentary films.
When: Saturday before the Oscars in February or March 
Where: Writer’s Guild of America Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly hills, CA 90211
Info: www.documentary.org

Zero Film Festival

The Zero Film Festival highlights the work of exclusively self-funded filmmakers.
When: April
Where: Space 1520 Hollywood
Info: www.zerofilmfest.com

TCM Classic Film Festival

The TCM Classic Film Festival in April celebrates classic movies by showing them on the big screen in Hollywood movie palaces and bringing out the makers and stars of those movies for featured appearances.
When: April
Where: Chinese Theatre, Egyptian Theatre,Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Info: filmfestival.tcm.com

Going Green Film Fest

With the motto “REthink, REplenish, REcommit”, the MIRACLE MILE GOING GREEN FILM FESTIVAL encourages green filmmaking by rewarding filmmakers who have lessened their carbon footprint on the planet during production, used alternative transportation within the storyline of their films, or have created a film whose subject includes the environment, third world issues, wildlife, etc.
When: April 
Where: Regal Theaters at LA Live Downtown
Info: www.GoingGreenFilmFest.com

Festival of Film Noir

The annual Festival of Film Noir organized by American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre presents rare original films, most of which are not available on DVD, including films which have been recently restored by the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
When: April 
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Info: www.americancinemathequecalendar.com

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)

IFFLA showcases films from or about India made by Indian and international filmmakers. The mission of the festival is to promote a greater appreciation of Indian culture and cinema.
When: April
Where: ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood and other venues around LA
Info: 310-364-4403, www.indianfilmfestival.org

City of Lights – City of Angels French Film Festival

A week of French movie premieres in Hollywood. COLCOA is one of the largest French film festivals in the world with an exclusive program of 50 films, including World, North American and U.S. Premieres. All films are presented with English subtitles.
When: April
Where: Directors Guild of America – 7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90046
Info: www.colcoa.org

The Newport Beach Film Festival

Over 350 international independent and studio film screenings, actor showcases, music and arts events, fashion shows, red carpet events and galas.
When: April – May
Where: Various
Info: www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

FirstGlance Hollywood Film Fest

30 award-winning films from across the globe including features, docs, shorts, animation and more.
When: April
Where: Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Ave Hollywood CA 90038
Info: www.firstglancefilms.com

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles

The Japan Film Festival Los Angeles presents films that foster American understanding of Japanese culture. It takes place one weekend in Los Angeles and the following weekend in Orange County. greater appreciation of Indian culture and cinema.
When: May 
Where: New Beverly Cinema (Hollywood), multiple locations in Irvine, CA
Info: www.jffla.org

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival

The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, currently the largest comedy film festival in the US, is dedicated to celebrating funny, short films and the people who make them. Includes four days of screenings, parties, industry panels, and a red-carpet awards event. L.A. Comedy Shorts also hosts the Movie Magic Screenwriter Screenplay Competition
When: May
Where: Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA
Info: www.lacomedyshorts.com

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is Southern California’s premier showcase for film and video works by Asian Pacific American and Asian Pacific international cinema artists. The festival encompasses screenings, panels, workshops, and artists’ awards.
When: May
Where: Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., David Harvey Hwang Theatre, Aratani/Japan American Theatre and others
Info: 213-680-4462 ext 68, www.vconline.org

The Garifuna International Film Festival

The Garifuna International Film Festival showcases films by and about the Garafuna culture – descendants of Carib, Arawak, and West African people – of Central America and other indigenous cultures.
When: May
Where: Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center, 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Info: www.garifunafilmfestival.com”

Sunset Film Festival- Los Angeles

Sunset Film Festival is a general subjects festival covering all genres.
When: May
Where: Various venues
Info: https://sites.google.com/site/sunsetfilmfestivallosangeles/, Facebook Page

Film Festivals June through August

Dance Camera West Los Angeles Dance Film Festival

Dance Camera West Los Angeles Dance Film Festival is a festival of screenings and events featuring experimental shorts, documentaries, and features related to dance at locations around Los Angeles.
When: June
Where: Getty Center
Info: 213-480-8633, www.dancecamerawest.org

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

The annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases cinema from Greece and filmmakers of Greek descent worldwide, offering a diverse program of world premieres and culminating with the festival’s Orpheus Awards.
When: June
Where: Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 W Sunset Blvd, LA 90046 and other venues
Info: www.lagreekfilmfestival.org

Los Angeles Film Festival

The best of American and international independent cinema. Includes panels, seminars, music video showcases, high school programs, family-friendly activities, and numerous special events, including everything from gala premieres to free outdoors screenings.
When: June
Where: Los Angeles, various venues in Downtown LA
Info: 866-345-6337 (866-filmfest), www.lafilmfest.com

Look East: Korean Film Festival

The Look East: Korean Film Festival celebrates an appreciation of all things Korean from taekwondo to kalbi to K-pop featuring the proliferation of film and television talent who trace their lineage to the Asian peninsula.
When: June 
Where: TCL (Formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 Info: www.LookEastFestival.com, 213.280.0388, Twitter:@LookEastFest

Old Pasadena Film Festival

A month-long outdoor film festival focused on films that reflect the urban vibe of Downtown Pasadena.
When: Thursdays-Saturdays in July
Where: various venues in Pasadena
Info: http://www.oldpasadena.org/filmfestival/

The Awareness Film & Arts Festival

The Mission of the Awareness Film & Arts Festival is bringing awareness and opening eyes to some of the world’s pressing issues; Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being, & Spirit: Heart & Soul. They showcase both Documentary & Narrative Features and Short Films with conscious music, art, dialogue and a heath & wellbeing venue.
When: July 
Where: Healthy Living Center, 3503 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019 and other venues
Info: www.awarenessfestival.org

OUTFEST, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

OUTFEST is the largest film festival in Southern California and the region’s largest gay and lesbian arts event, featuring more than 200 films, nine venues, and attendance of over 40,000 people.
When: July 
Where: The Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Special events and various locations
Info: 213-480-7088, www.outfest.org

Downtown Film Festival – LA

One of the newest film festivals in town, this series of film screenings of Hollywood, independent and classic films, lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and parties and receptions, all celebrate downtown L.A.’s renaissance.
When: July
Where: Various venues in Downtown LA

The Feel Good Film Festival

The Feel Good Film Festival is devoted to films that have happy endings, make audiences laugh and highlight the beauty of the world.
When: August
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Info: www.fgff.org

The HollyShorts Film Festival

A showcase for short films from around the globe. In addition to screenings, there are panels and forums for filmmakers.
When: August
Where: TCL (formerly Grauman’s ) Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
Info: hollyshorts.com

Film Festivals September through December

Cinecon Classic Film Festival

A 5-day celebration of movies, specializing in rare, unusual and unjustly forgotten movies from the silent and early sound era. It features screenings of over 30 classic films, celebrity guests and film book and movie memorabilia shows. Most films are screened in 35mm and silent films include live piano accompaniment.
When: Labor Day Weekend
Where:The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90028; Banquet and film book and Memorabilia Shows are at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel.
Info: www.cinecon.org

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival

This is the largest short film festival in the world. The festival screens over 400 short films with informational panel discussions, workshops, and a development market.
When: September
Where: ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Info: 323-851-9100, www.lashortsfest.com

Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival

An annual showcase of films by Brazilian filmmakers, and films that showcase Brazil.
When: September
Where: Landmark Theatres
Info: www.labrff.com

Cambodia Town Film Festival

The Cambodia Town Film Festival in Long Beach focuses on Cambodian filmmakers located around the world.
When: September
Where: Art Theatre, 2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach
Info: cambodiatownfilmfestival.com

Arpa International Film Festival

With Armenian-American roots, this festival has “a mission to cultivate cultural understanding and global empathy, creating a dynamic forum for international cinema with a special focus on the work of filmmakers who explore the issues of Diaspora, exile and multi-multiculturalism.”
When: September
Where: Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Info: affma.org

Santa Catalina Film Festival

The Santa Catalina Film Festival on Catalina Island is a general subjects festival covering all genres, but also includes a sub-festival on conservation celebrating “filmmakers dedicated to promoting their goal of protecting, restoring, and experiencing the power of nature.”
When: September
Where: The Avalon Theatre and multiple other venues on Catalina Island
Info: catalinafilm.org

Burbank International Film Festival

The Burbank Film Festival is a socially and environmentally conscious film festival. Human, animal, and environmental causes are core subjects the festival. The festival highlights filmmakers that shed light on important issues that impact our world and features a Socially Conscious category.
When: September
Where: AMC Town Center 6 (770 North 1st Street), Burbank, CA
Info: www.burbankfilmfestival.org, (310) 749-6942

SoCal Independent Film Festival

The event awards independent films and screenplays, and features speakers, workshops, Q&As and panel discussions.
When: October
Where:Huntington Beach, CA
Info: 323-851-9100, www.socalfilmfest.com

Los Angeles Irish Film Festival

A celebration of Irish films at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
When: September
Where: Director’s Guild of America, 7920 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Info: www.lairishfilm.com

Polish Film Festival Los Angeles

Presentation of films made by Polish filmmakers with English subtitles. There will also be opportunities to meet with the filmmakers and actors.
When: October
Where: Laemmle’s Sunset 5, 800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Info: 818-982-8827, www.polishfilmla.org

The Other Venice Film Festival (OVFF)

A competition for features, shorts and docs, experimental films and music videos, youth, political and women director films. The festival includes an filmmaker discussions, art and architecture installations, DJs and Bands.
When: October
Where: Beyond Baroque Theater, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Ca,90291
Info: othervenicefilmfestival.com

La Femme International Film Festival

LA Femme International Film Festival focuses on platforming women filmmakers creating a festival that showcases and celebrates commercially viable films written, directed, or produced by women. When: October
Where: LA Live Regal Cinemas, 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Info: 310-441-1645, www.lafemme.org

BelAir Film Festival

A festival of independent and international films.
When: October 
Where: Hammer Museum at UCLA, UCLA Film School James Bridges Theater, USC Ray Stark Family Theater
Info: www.belairfilmfestival.com

Screamfest LA

A film festival devoted to the best in horror and sci-fi movies. It focuses primarily on independent films.
When: October 
Where: TBA
Info: screamfestla.com, 310-358-3273

Hollywood Film Festival

Week-long international film festival with a star-studded awards ceremony in Hollywood.
When: October
Where: ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Info: hollywoodfest.com

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is a ten-day event held at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, home of the American Cinematheque. The festivities begin with the premiere presentation of an award-winning film, followed by a gala where attendees feast and make merry in an ambiance inspired by the presented film, and dance into the night to the rhythm of a live band.
When: October 
Where: Various locations, Hollywood
Info: 323-469-1074, www.latinofilm.org

Hollywood Black Film Festival

A showcase for the work of Black filmmakers, includes HBFF Film Financing and distribution Summit.
When: October 
Where: The Montalban, 1615 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Info: www.hbff.org

Marina Del Rey Film Festival

A general interest film festival in Marina del Rey.
When: October
Where: Burton Chase Park in Marina del Rey, CA
Info: mdrfilmfestival.com

San Pedro International Film Festival

This international festival celebrates the diversity of cultural voices in San Pedro and around the world.
When: October
Where: Multiple venues, San Pedro, CA
Info: www.spiffest.org

Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival

Two weekends of free screenings of over 150 short films from around the world made for children and teens.
When: Varies, Oct or Nov thru January 
Where: LA County Museum of Art and other venues
Info: www.lachildrensfilm.org

Zed Fest: Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

A Film Festival and Screenplay Competition that encourages and supports low budget independent and amateur filmmakers & screenwriters who work in the zombie, horror, science fiction, and action genres.
When: November
Where: NOHO Arts District, North Hollywood
Info: (818) 861-9656, www.zedfest.org

The International Family Film Festival

This is a screenplay competition and a reading of finalist scripts with workshops and mentoring of screenwriters, culminating in a day-long pitch festival and final awards ceremony.
When: November
Where: Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA
Info: 661-257-3131, www.iffilmfest.org

All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival

A film festival focused on movies about all kinds of sports and competitions.
When: November 
Where: El Portal Theater, North Hollywood, CA
Info: www.allsportslafilmfest.com

Red Nations Film Festival

A film festival that showcases the work of American Indian filmmakers and break stereotypes of American Indians in film.
When: November
Where: various locations
Info: rednationfilmfestival.com

AFI Fest

The longest running film festival in LA, AFI Fest shows over 100 films from all over the world for 10 days every November.
When: November 
Where: See website for venue
Info: www.afi.com

International Student Film Festival Hollywood

The International Student Film Festival Hollywood offers student filmmakers from all over the world a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of film industry leaders, creating career development opportunities in their home countries as well as in the United States.
When: November
Where: NOHO Arts District, North Hollywood
Info: 818-506-1066, www.isffhollywood.org

My Hero Film Festival

The My Hero Film Festival celebrates the best of humanity through short films from around the world. It includes categories from elementary school to professional.
When: December
Where: University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, University Park, LA
Info: www.myhero.com/films

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