California Film Festivals

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California Film Festivals

If you love independent films, you've come to the right place — California, where creativity is a commodity and festivals create a space for lesser known and emerging filmmakers and students to show their stuff. Our film festivals pay homage to the Old West, Silent Films, international filmmakers, children, pets, The Earth, Native Americans, African Americans, Sikhs, Jewish lifestyle, and even Screams around Halloween!

Calif. Indie & Mainstream Film Fests

SAN JOSE: Cinequest - San Jose / Silicon Valley Film Festival February 27-March 11, 2018
cinequest.org
An award-winning selection of international and nationally recognized films / productions make this a best choice for Bay Area entertainment.

CARMEL: Carmel Jewish Film Festival March 3-24, 2018
carmeljff.org

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Winter Film Shorts March 3, 2018
Held at Crest Theatre. 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.com

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco International Jewish Film Festival March 3-12, 2018 (Pleasant Hill) and March 15-18, 2018 (Livermore)
in Livermore and Pleasant Hill, California
eastbayjewishfilm.org
Catch films in Bulgarian, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish and English.

PASADENA: Pasadena International Film Festival March 7-15, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91101
pasadenafilmfestival.org
From the elegant black tie Great Gatsby Gala Opening night, to the diverse, informative panels, to the top quality screenings in an actual mainstream movie theatre

LOS ANGELES: First Glance Film Festival March 8-11, 2018
firstglancefilms.com

SAN FRANCISCO: International Ocean Film Festival March 8-11, 2018
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California
oceanfilmfest.org
Independent ocean-related films from all over the world include themes ranging from ocean adventure, science, marine life and sports to ocean coastal cultures. The films should entertain, educate and encourage active participation in ocean-specific environmental efforts and better ocean stewardship.

SAN LUIS OBISPO: SLO Film Festival March 13-18, 2018
slofilmfest.org
MovieMaker Magazine's Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee
Festival Headquarters 1003 Osos Street 
Hollywood & Vines Festival Tent 1035 Higuera Street
Historic Fremont Theater 1025 Monterey St. 
Mission Cinemas 1025 Monterey St. 
The Palm Theatre 817 Palm St.
Downtown Cinemas 888 Marsh St. 
Park Cinemas 1100 Pine St.
King David Masonic Lodge 859 Marsh St. 
Octagon Barn 4400 Octagon Way
Bay Theatre 464 

SAN DIEGO: Latino Film Festival March 15-25, 2018
sdlatinofilm.com
Volunteers needed to make this event great! The San Diego Latino Film Festival takes place at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 in San Diego's Mission Valley. For more than 20 years, the festival has offered screenings of short and feature length films from across Latin America and the U.S. by Latinos and about the Latino experience.

HOLLYWOOD: Sierra Canyon Film Festival March 16, 2018
Raleigh Studios
Hollywood, CA
sierracanyonfilmfestival.com
Sierra Canyon Film Festival showcases and promotes student filmmakers from around the world. Student films ranging from high school to collegiate level are screened, and several exceptional films are recognized and awarded. 

HOLLYWOOD: Westflix March 16-17, 2018
hw.com/westflix
Celebrate the best short films produced by high school students throughout California. The films are showcased in an evening screening at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood and followed by a day of workshops with industry professionals at Harvard-Westlake School, the sponsor of WestFlix.

ALBANY: Albany FilmFest March 17-26, 2018
Albany Twin - Landmark Theatres
1115 Solano Avenue
Albany, California 94706
albanyfilmfest.org
International juried short  and very short features emerging and established Bay Area, national, and global filmmakers. It offers two youth filmmaker categories, too.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: Cine Fest March 23-29, 2018
nohocinefest.com

SONOMA: Sonoma International Film Festival March 21-25, 2018
sonomafilmfest.org
Founded in 1997, The Sonoma International Film Festival is an international event that takes pride in showcasing emerging talent and featuring unreleased films. What distinguishes SIFF from other film festivals is its walkability. All six screening venues are located in and around SIFF Village.

LOS OLIVOS: The Naturetrack Film Festival March 23-25, 2018.
naturetrackfilmfestival.org
Close to 60 films from over 20 countries igniting passion for nature at this inaugural event held at multiple venues. Opening reception March 23, 4-6pm at Mattei’s Tavern and  closing reception & awards March 25, 3-4:30pm at The Bear and Star restaurant in Fess Parker Wine Country Inn. Films screen at three venues in Los Olivos:  1. Santa Ynez Valley Grange; 2. Gates Foss Community Center at Los Olivos School; 3. St. Mark’s In-The-Valley Church.

REDDING: Sundial Film Festival March 24, 2018
sundialfilmfestival.com

BISHOP: Banff Mountain Film Festival March 30-31, 2018
Participate in the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour which brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Bishop, California. Tri-County Fairgrounds a
bishopvisitor.com

OAKLAND: Oakland International Film Festival, April 3-7, 2018
More than 50 films will be screened at the Grand Lake Theater, Holy Names University, Impact Hub Oakland, Geoffrey's Inner Circle and other Oakland venues. For more information, contact OIFF Director, David N. Roach, (510) 776-4178 oiff.org

BEVERLY HILLS: Beverly Hills Film Festival April 4-8, 2018
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90028
beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com
BHFF features emerging filmmakers and screenplay writers and supports their career goals. Beverly Hills Film Festival  hosts over 44,000 attendees and brings together 100s of media from around the globe

MORGAN HILL: Poppy Jasper International Film Festival April 5-8, 2018
Special guests include Randy Spendlove, President of Paramount Motion Picture Music, and Kevin Rubio, creator of Tag and Bink for Star Wars film "Solo: A Star Wars Story". pjiff.org

SANTA MONICA: Cinema at the Edge (CATE) Film Festival April 5-8, 2018
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 392-7327
cinemaattheedge.com
edgemarcenter.org
Four days of screenings, parties and artist programs that celebrate independent film making in the heart of Santa Monica. Housed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, the CATE Los Angeles Film Festival is nestled in the Frank Gehry designed complex on bustling Main Street in Santa Monica, California. The annual Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival (CATE) presents films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. A community staple, CATE was born out of a desire to showcase innovative films, with a commitment to quality, which push industry boundaries and explore cutting-edge cinema.

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES: Universe Multicultural Film April 6-8, 2018, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
$5-$388, umfilms.org
310-266-8559

  • RHCC Community Center, 735 Silver Spur Rd. Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
  • Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd. Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
  • Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall, 29301 Hawthorne Blv. Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275

FULLERTON: Fullerton College French Film Festival April 10-13, 2018
humanities.fullcoll.edu/ foreign-languages/ french-film-festival/
Fullerton College 9th Annual French Film Festival showings:
April 10, 2018  Le Famille Bélier
April 11, 2018 Der ganz grosse Traum (Lessons of a Dream) April 12, 2018  La Vach (One Man and his Cow)
April 13, 2018  Chocolat (All Out)

LOS ANGELES: Indian Film Festival April 11-15, 2018
indianfilmfestival.org
Regal LA Live

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Food & Film Festival April 11-15, 2018
sacfoodfilmfest.com
Premier, Sustainable, City of Gold and Bourbon & Bites ticketed events

LOS ANGELES: American Film Institute (AFI) 30 Film Shorts April 14, 2018, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
American Film Institute
2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free, but RSVP: expo.afi.com
The first-ever AFI Conservatory EXPO, a one-day festival showcasing 30 thesis films from the Class of 2017,  on the AFI Campus in Los Angeles.

ARCATA: Humboldt International Film Festival April 18-21, 2018
hsufilmfestival.com
Oldest run student film festival, according to event

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Comedy Shorts April 19-22, 2018
TCL Chinese 6 Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd
3rd Level
Hollywood, CA 90028
hollywoodcomedyshortsfilmfest.com

SAN FRANCISCO: Earth Day Film Festival April 20-22, 2018
earthdayfilmfest.org
Fostering global community through Earthminded film and art with clean energy and zero waste goals. In 2017 the three-day event was held at Joshua Tree. 

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento International Film Festival April 21-29, 2018
sacramentofilmfestival.com
Sacramento Film Festival is produced under the umbrella of the California Film Foundation.

LOS ANGELES: Silicon Beach Film Festival April 24-29, 2018
Cinemark 18 and XD Playa Vista
6081 Center Dr HHLA Howard Hughes Center
12746 West Jefferson Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90094
siliconbeachff.com
Silicon Beach Film Festival is a three year Independent film festival located on the west side of Los Angeles. The festival focus on promoting independent filmmakers from around the world and features shorts, features and documentary's. The festival also focus on technology and film highlighting innovative app's and tech companies. Silicon Beach is home to film studios and tech giants such as Google, Youtube, Snap, Sony and many others.

LOS ANGELES: Archer Film Festival April 25, 2018, 6 p.m.
The Writers Guild Theater
135 S Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
ifvl1617.archeronline.org
The Archer Film Festival is a high school student film festival dedicated to empowering female filmmakers.

LOS ANGELES: Jewish Film Festival April 26-May 3, 2018
lajfilmfest.org

TIBURON: Tiburon International Film Festival April 20-27, 2018
tiburonfilmfestival.com

ORANGE: Teen Faith Film Festival April 21, 2018
Orange Lutheran HS
teenfaithfilmfest.weebly.com
Showcasing and exposing Youth Christian Filmmakers and celebrating the exploration of faith in filmmaking.

HOLLYWOOD: Colcoa French Film Festival April 23-May 1, 2018
colcoa.org
Where French culture shines! Founded by The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a collaborative of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France's Society of Authors Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM), COLCOA is the acronym of City of Light, City of Angels, the original name of an event celebrating relationships between filmmakers from two capital cities of cinema.

HOLLYWOOD: Classic Film Festival April 26-29, 2018
filmfestival.tcm.com

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Beach Film Festival April 26-May 3, 2018
newportbeachfilmfest.com
Over 300 features and shorts from over forty different countries with special programs featuring documentaries, music, environment, animation, action, LGBTQ+, student films and more. NBFF Film Market, a specialty exhibition geared toward distribution and sales allowing filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work to top industry professionals.

CHICO: Independent Film Festival April 27-29, 2018
Music in film all week
ciffcalifornia.org | chicoindie.com

LOS ANGELES: Angeles Documentaries May 2, 2018
Two Roads Theater
4348 Tujunga Avenue
Los Angeles, California 91604
talentfactoryevents.com
Angeles Documentaries is an international festival that celebrates one of the most difficult genre to produce : documentaries.

DAVIS: Davis Feminist Film Festival May 10-11, 2018
wrrc.ucdavis.edu/ feministfilmfestival
Inclusive public space for underrepresented women and people of color ‑ to raise consciousness about gender, race, class, sexuality, and other dimensions of social inequality.

LOS ANGELES: Die Laughing Film Festival May 18-19, 2018
dielaughingfilmfestival.com
Laughter + screams = Die Laughing. The Die Laughing Film Festival recognizes the fine line that separates fear and comedy and celebrates both with a festival dedicated to comedy films and horror films created by independent film makers. Head for the Acme Studio Theatre in North Hollywood for the Die Laughing Film Festival. If you dare.

GROVER BEACH: inHabit, A Festival of Dance on Film May 19-20, 2018
coastaldanceandmusicacademy.com
First of its kind Central Coast California festival brings artists and the community together to celebrate unique perspectives, histories, and artistic expressions.

LOS ANGELES: Asian Pacific Film Festival May 3-10, 2018
asianfilmfestla.org
Directors Guild of America, Aratani Theatre, CGV Cinemas, Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM; and additional cinemas in the greater Los Angeles area. A key highlight of the annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month activities, the Film Festival is produced by Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center.

PETALUMA: Film Fest Petaluma Saturday May 5, 2018
Mystic Theatre
Petaluma, CA
petalumafilmalliance.org
Film Fest Petaluma offers an annual showcase of the best new animated and live action short films from around the world with filmmakers in conversation. Enjoy lively post-screening discussions with filmmakers after all shows. 

CARLSBAD: Lunafest Film Festival May 6, 2018
Carlsbad Dove Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, Ca 92011
sioceansidecarlsbad.com | lunafest.org
Tickets to the LUNAFEST film festival are now on sale. Annual showing of short films by women, about women and for women. Tickets are approx. $30 and include the films, a food-and-wine reception, prizes and more.

VENICE: Fine Arts Film Festival May 11, 2018
FAFF
fineartsfilmfestival.com
Showing the finest films in the world about art, photography, collectors and artists of all mediums in and out of their studios, galleries, museums, public art, and alternative art spaces. This includes video art, curated as a Film or a Virtual Reality medium.

SANTA MONICA: DaVinci International Film Festival May 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Last block starts at 6:30 p.m. Party begins at 8:30 p.m.  Laemmle Monica Theater 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tickets: tdiff.org

HOLLYWOOD: OUT Web Fest May 18-20, 2018
outwebfest.com
Celebrating short-form content by and for the LGBTQ community.

VENICE: Garifuna Film Festival May 18-27, 2018
garifunafilmfestival.com
Celebrating Garifuna, Caribbean and indigenous cultures from around the world!

AVALON: Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Festival May 19, 2018
Avalon Casino Theatre
CatalinaMuseum.org

SAN DIEGO: iVIE Awards & Student Film Festival May 19, 2018
2921 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104
ivieawards.org
Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Awards & Student Film Festival is a K-12 student video competition and festival conceived to encourage and reward teachers who utilize video as a project based learning tool in their classroom, and students who use film and visual literacy to demonstrate their understanding of classroom concepts.

HOLLYWOOD: Pugwooly May 26, 2018
Dave and Buster's
Hollywood California
pugwooly.com
Children of ALL ages are invited to submit their best work revolving around pets. World's best films, scripts, short stories, pet calendars, furry costumes, commercials, trailers, teasers, and photos also celebrate the dragon, bigfoot, or talking chupacabra.

LOS ANGELES: Comedy Films and Screenplay Festival May 30, 2018
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14
1000 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90015
festivalforcomedy.com
Billed as the #1 Comedy Festival and Contest in the World, the event offers screenwriters, novelists and storytellers at all levels fantastic opportunities and honest feedback.

MENDOCINO: Mendocino Film Festival May 31-June 3, 2018
mendocinofilmfestival.org
Cinema in the Vineyards at Mendocino Film Festival with its signature program of films.

WALNUT CREEK: Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival May 2018
walnutcreekshortfilmfestival.com
Walnut Creek, CA.
Century Walnut Creek 14 and XD
1201 Locust St.
Walnut Creek, CA
Brilliant filmmaking in the short form - under 30 minutes - with the exploration of intriguing, thought-provoking and innovative films.

LOS ANGELES: Raw Film Festival June 3, 2018
 Bootleg Theater - Echo Park
Los Angeles, CA
rawfilmfestival.com
Pop-up shorts fest focuses on fresh, edgy, subversive programming from innovative indies on the come-up.   conceptualization,

LOS ANGELES: Outfest June 4-6, 2018
outfest.org

SANTA MONICA: Best of the Best Film Festival June 4-22, 2018
Ocean Avenue Screening Room
1401 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90401
fernleif.com/BOTB/
This worldwide competition strives to give emerging writers, filmmakers and actors an opportunity to compete based on their talent alone.

LOS ANGELES: Greek Film Festival June 6-10, 2018
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
lagff.org
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases cinema from Greece and filmmakers of Greek descent. 

SAN DIEGO: Filmout San Diego LGBT Film Festival June 7-10, 2018
filmoutsandiego.com
Celebrate the year's best films relevant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In addition to film screenings, the festival features special appearances by filmmakers and actors. Screenings are held at the Observatory North Park, a historic theater in the heart of one of San Diego's trendiest neighborhoods.

LOS ANGELES: Concrete Dream Film Festival June 9, 2018
Revive Theater 
12420 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90025
concretedreamfilmfestival.wordpress.com
The festival program consists of arthouse, avant-garde, and experimental films incorporating components of film installation, on-line streaming, and live and in-person film projection onto the screen in the arthouse theatre.

SANTA MONICA: Sunset Film Festival June 9, 2018
Promenade Playhouse
1404 Third Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
sunsetfilmfestival.com
Sunset Film Festival seeks hidden gems and visionary filmmakers with fresh voices  bigger fests often overlook.

LOS ANGELES: New Media Film Festival June 12-14, 2018
The
Landmark
10850 W. Pico Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA
newmediafilmfestival.com

HOLLYWOOD: American Film Institute Docs Festival June 13-17, 2018 Festival takes place in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD
afi.com
An annual program of the American Film Institute, AFI Docs brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema documentaries in the movie capital of the world.

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Black Film Festival June 14-17, 2018
sfbff.org
San Francisco, California
African films only -- films shot in Africa. Experimental, Feature, Multimedia, Music Video, Narrative Fiction, New Media / Web, Short, Television Festival Dates

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento French Film Festival June 15-24, 2018
Held at Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA
sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.com
The SFFF fosters friendly relations between American and French people through the universal language of art. The SFFF organizes other events throughout the year, like a popular Winter Short Film Screening. The SFFF celebrates the artistic, cultural, social and historical values of films.

LOS ANGELES: Universe Multicultural Film Festival June 16 -17, 2018 at James Bridges Theater - Los Angeles CA corner of Sunset Blvd & Hilgard Ave, 235 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90095 at UCLA. UMFF features  100+ films from 30+ countries, 5 industry panels, film market, opening gala, reception night and red carpet award ceremony. 9th Annual festival merges story & technology for the globe.   NewMediaFilmFestival.com

LA JOLLA: Fashion Film Festival July 19-21, 2018, by invitation
ljfff.com
First fashion film festival in North America. The best from the fashion film art movement worldwide.

PALM SPRINGS: Palm Springs International Film Festival Short Fest June 19-25, 2018
psfilmfest.org
With a year-round program of screenings and special events, the PSIFS hosts two major annual festivals and presents monthly Special Member Screenings of contemporary international films, many with special guests attending for post-screening Q&A's.

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Japanese Film Festival July 20-22, 2018
sacjapanesefilmfestival.net
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA 

SEAL BEACH: Seal Beach Film Festival July 27-29, 2018
sealbeachfilmfest.com
Awards are presented in 30 categories including Best of Show, Best Feature, Best Short, Best Actor & Actress and Best Supporting Actor & Actress and Best Screenplay.

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Shorts Film Festival August 9-18, 2018
hollyshorts.com
Usually shown at:
TCL Chinese 6 Theaters
Hollywood, CA

CHICO: Shortz! Film Festival August 11-12, 2018
The Fun Sized Film Fest
Chico Theater Company
shortzfilmfest.com

SAN DIEGO: San Diego International Kids' Film Festival August 24-26, 2018
sdkidsfilms.org
Schulman Auditorium 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA
Senior Center 799 Pine Avenue Carlsbad, CA
Howard Brubeck Theatre 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA
The Links at Summerly Golf Course 29381 Village Pkwy, Lake Elsinore, CA
Educates while entertaining by showcasing more than 60 films from 38 countries. Held at various theaters around San Diego, the festival provides aspiring young filmmakers with an opportunity to communicate to an international community, engaging young viewers with positive media.

LONG BEACH: Indie Film Festival August 29- September 2, 2018
lbifest.com
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters. International film and music festival

BENICIA: Benicia Film Festival August 31-September 2, 2018
Downtown Benicia First Street Benicia, CA
beniciafilmfestival.com
Labor Day Weekend Benicia Film Festival features films, food & wine. Funds raised directly benefit Arts & Culture in Benicia.

BURBANK: Burbank International Film Festival September 5-9, 2018
AMC 16 Theaters
125 E. Palm Ave.
Burbank, CA
burbankfilmfest.org
BIFF begins with an Opening Night Ceremony, Featured films and Gala Reception. The five-day festival includes film screenings, Q&As featuring celebrities and industry professionals, red carpet receptions, parties and special events that will culminate with the Closing Night Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on the final day. The Burbank International Film Festival invites the public to participate in an event that includes 100 films from 31 countries, 25 world premieres, 22 award categories, and opening and closing night screenings. Festival events will occur at numerous venues throughout Burbank such as AMC 16 in Downtown Burbank, Castaway Burbank, and more than 100 films screening at the AMC 6 at Burbank Town Center.

SAN DIEGO: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival September 7, 2018
hifilmfest.com
Celebrates horror and its various sub-genres by showcasing new and independent artists, as well as reviving classic horror films. Held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, the festival features films ranging from psychological thrillers to supernatural horror to slashers and even related genres like noir.

NEVADA CITY: Nevada City Film Festival September 7 - 14, 2018
nevadacityfilmfestival.com
NCFF brings top independent film, music and comedy, along with thousands of attendees, international filmmakers, and industry guests to the historic Gold Rush era town.

LOS ANGELES: City of Angeles Film Festival September 20-28, 2018
Arclight Cinemas
lafilmfest.com

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Horror Film Festival September 28-29, 2018
sachorrorfilmfest.com
Historical Colonial Theatre
3522 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
Sinister Creature Con June 17-18, 2018 (Scottish Rite Center)Horror Film Festivals

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Green Film Festival  September 2018
sfgreenfilmfest.org
Annual Film Festival is the Bay Area's only event dedicated to film and media that explore green issues and sustainable living. The films that we premiere explore the relationship between people and the planet and offer compelling insights into the environmental challenges we face as well as the creative social entrepreneurs who are crafting a vision for a greener future.23 feature and 72 short film premieres, Q&As, panels and workshops with 35 filmmakers and 32 guest speakers

SAN RAFAEL: Mill Valley Film Festival October 4-14, 2018
mvff.com
MVFF welcomes more than 200 filmmakers and guests from around the world and has hosted such luminaries as Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman, Ang Lee, Mira Nair, Amy Adams and Steve McQueen.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Inland Empire Film Festival October 7, 2018
Solamonte Theaters
9200 Milliken Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
walkerentertainera.wixsite.com
Starting this year  in addition to its short film screenings the Inland Empire Film Festival (IEFF) screens five IEFF judge selected Top Music Video award finalist - ietmv.com

HOLLYWOOD: Screamfest October 9-19, 2018
screamfestla.com
Largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States, the Sundance of Horror, showcases new genre films from around the world. 

SACRAMENTO: Equality International Film Festival October 13-14, 2018
equalityfilmfestival.com
The largest film and music festival on the West Coast that speaks out against economic and social inequality by showcasing upcoming artists, filmmakers, and musicians.

SAN FRANCISCO: Best Actors Film Festival October 18-20, 2018
bestactorsfilmfestival.com
held in the San Francisco, California Union Square District , is a tribute to the performers and directors of your film. Best Actors Film Festival is created to entice film makers to reward the performers in their film in a way that truly acknowledges their work.

BEVERLY HILLS: STORYTELLA October 19-21, 2018
storytella.org
Parajanov-Vartanov Institute screens and award Fiction films in an official sidebar of the institute's signature annual festival DOC LA, which has traditionally programmed fictional stories alongside the documentary competition.

SAN DIEGO: SDAFF Asian Film Festival November 1-10, 2018
UltraStar Mission Valley
7510 Hazard Center Dr #100
San Diego, CA 92108
pacarts.org
Pac Arts presents the, a week-long mini-festival to whet your appetite for box office hits, independent gems, documentary portraits, and other special presentations.

LOS ANGELES: LA Live Film Festival November 10, 2018
Regal Cinemas LA Live
1000 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
filmfestlalive.com
One of the largest screens in California, with the highest resolution Barco Projector available today and the best surround sound showcase winning films in all their glory.

LOS ANGELES: Global Film Festival Awards November 30, 2018
 gffawards.com
The GFFA Public Event in Los Angeles celebrates the  Best of Year competitions. Winners have the opportunity to meet with other artists, producers, managers, and agents.

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Now Film Festival December 8, 2018
hollywoodnowfilmfestival.com
Celebrating the creativity from the worldwide film community with a special focus on superior quality, creative and innovative entertainment content, while providing opportunities globally to the Independent Film Community, Women working in Film and Student Filmmakers across multiple media platforms.

SAN DIEGO: California Film Awards January 5, 2019
calfilmawards.com

SAN CLEMENTE: Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival April 25-28, 2019
beachcitiesinspirationalfilmfestival.com
Student Films, Documentaries, as well as Commercial Feature Films which include the depiction of a character who is afflicted with emotional, mental, or physical challenges. A Challenge, Disability, Handicap is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions.)

Past Events

PALM SPRINGS: Palm Springs International Film Festival January 2-15, 2018. Prices and venues vary.
psfilmfest.org

NEVADA CITY - GRASS VALLEY: 16th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival Time: January 11-15, 2018, 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Thurs-Monday Location: Nevada City/Grass Valley, CA Tickets: $20, $150 Weekend Pass. wildandscenicfilmfestival.org, Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires and motivates people, seeking to unite communities to heal the earth. Organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). 9+ venues with films and workshops empower individuals through exploration of energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change, protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. A children's Saturday morning program, art shows, wine tastings, a Gala Event and awards ceremony make this a destination vacation like no other.

LOS ANGELES: Diverse Voices January 15, 2018
Screen play contest winners announced.  Presented by WeScreenplay wescreenplay.com

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Movie Awards January 17-18, 2018
thelamovieawards.com
Celebrating Independent Motion Picture and Literary Arts by providing a platform for filmmakers and writers to have an opportunity to be awarded for their work.

COSTA MESA: Irvine International Film Festival January 26-31, 2018
Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas
1870 Harbor Blvd,
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
irvinefilmfest.com
IIFF welcomes international and American narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, animated features and shorts, student films, American and international trailers, webisodes, music videos, and feature-length and short-form screenplays.

Past Events

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: International Film Festival May 3-6, 2017
iffnoho.com
Four days and four nights of exciting new films from the world's best emerging filmmakers at NoHo Arts Center Theater, 11130 Magnolia, North Hollywood, CA.

PASADENA: Old Pasadena Summer Cinema
oldpasadena.org
Formerly called Old Pasadena Film Festival, the movie series is the largest free open-air film festival in California! 

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Jewish film festival July 20-August 6, 2017
jfi.org/
Bay Area theaters San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens dramatic and documentary features, television and web series, experimental and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity. Over 35,000 movie-goers are expected to see films at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, the CinéArts Theatre in Palo Alto, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, the Roda Theatre at the Berkeley Repertoire Theater in Berkeley and the Landmark Piedmont Theater in Oakland. Box office: (415) 621-0523

HOLLYWOOD: Earth Focus Environment Film Festival July 29, 2017
The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Free to the public but must reserve your spot with online ticketing at kcet.org/earthfocus
Presented by KCET and Link TV in partnership with Washington, D.C.'s renowned Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. A full day of screenings and panels Include Water & Power: A California Heist, Rise: Sacred Water- Standing Rock, Tomorrow and The Age of Consequences with films Introduced by celebrity activists Raphael Sbarge, Ed Begley Jr., Patrick Fabian and Sharon Lawrence.

LOS ANGELES: Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles August 26-28, 2016
biff-la.com
Bringing back Broadway initiative focused on the Broadway corridor of downtown Los Angeles is at the heart of this film festival.

Horror Scream Films mostly in October & November include classics such as Rocky Horror Picture Show and Halloween.

SANTA MONICA: American Film Market November 1-8, 2017
americanfilmmarket.com in Santa Monica, CA
In 2017 , 62 Academy Award Nominations for Films Represented at the American Film Market

OJAI: Ojai Film Festival November 2-12, 2017
ojaifilmfestival.com
Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film, Ojai Film Festival is dedicated to promoting and supporting the art of the motion picture through the presentation of an annual multi-day festival in which films submitted by filmmakers throughout the world are publicly exhibited at several venues in and around the picturesque Ojai Valley.

NAPA VALLEY: Napa Valley Film Festival November 8-12, 2017
Multiple venues, multiple cities
$85-up, nvff.org

MALIBU: Malibu International Film Festival November 2017
malibufilmfestival.org
Malibu Film Festival showcases the best in American and international cinema. The Festival schedule includes free outdoor screenings, parties, receptions and other special events.

Yosemite Film Festival Internet Based
yosemitefilmfestival.com
The Yosemite Film Festival is a non-traditional film festival and awards competition created as a platform to provide worthy films and filmmakers with recognition for their filmmaking and screenwriting achievements. Films are not physically screened for the public.

San Diego Italian Film Festival sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com

Big Sur Short Film Screening Series
bigsurfilm.org
Held at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur the series has, in nine short years, become one of the most exciting and unique film screening series in the world.

Big Bear Lake Film Festival Sept.
 All advanced purchases may be done online, or through the Performing Arts Center (PAC) 39707 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: International Student Film Festival Hollywood November - ON Hiatus
isffhollywood.org
NOHO Arts District, North 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.

CHICO: Silent Film Festival 
Chico Silent Film Festival location: Chico Women's Club, 592 E. 3rd St., Chico, CA
friendsoftheartsupstate.squarespace.com
REAL music provided by pianist and virtuoso Frederick Hodges. Film introductions by restorationist David Shepard.

ORANGE: Viet Film Fest
vietfilmfest.com
facebook.com/vietfilmfest
As the largest international Vietnamese film festival in the world, Viet Film Fest films have been screened in numerous cities and countries. Stunning shorts and features from around the world, including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, United Kingdom, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.

TOPANGA: Topanga Film Festival
topangafilmfestival.com
Annual event is held in beautiful Topanga, California. Nominated as one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by Filmmaker Magazine.

REDDING: Fire Reel Film Festival taking a break in 2017
firereelfilmfestival.com
Seeking to bring culture and entertainment from around the world

REDDING: Laurel & Hardy Film Festival September 10-11, 2016
shastaartscouncil.org
Laurel & Hardy and friends - film festival When Sep 10 – 11, 2016 Description noon - 8 pm Three blocks of films: noon - 2pm 3pm - 5pm 6pm - 8pm

SAN FRANCISCO EAST BAY: California Independent Film Festival September 7-16, 2017
caiff.org held in Morinda, Moraga, East Bay area of San Francisco

MILL VALLEY: Mill Valley Film Festival October 4-14, 2018
mvff.com
Mill Valley Film Festival presents an exciting celebration of film. In September, films and events are announced and tickets go on sale. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA.

LONE PINE: Lone Pine Film Festival October 5-8, 2018
lonepinefilmfestival.org
Cost: $20-40 approx.
Celebrity Stars, Star Panel discussions, film screenings shot in the area, Star Parade, Rodeo, arts and crafts, cowboy church and unique movie-site guided tours, live stunt demonstrations and more.

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival October 12-14, 2018
siglff.org
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
San Francisco, CA

PALO ALTO: United Nations Association Film Festival October 18-28, 2018 International Documentary Film Festival,
unaff.org
Stanford, East Palo Alto and San Francisco $10 film sessions approx., $220 Film Pass

UNIVERSAL CITY: NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Through October 17, 2018 approx.
NBCUshortsFEST.com
In search of new talent the annual film festival is a unique bi-coastal showcase of independent, original short films, pilot presentations, stand-alone webseries, and narrative content. A finalists awards gala takes place in Los Angeles in October.

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood International Family Film Festival On Hiatus in 2017 !
 October
raleighstudios.com, iffilmfest.org
Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038 corner of Melrose and Van Ness

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Film Festival October
facebook.com/hollywoodfilmfest/

SARATOGA / PALO ALTO: Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival October 21-November 12, 2017
svjff.org
Two weeks at AMC Saratoga 14 and two weeks in Palo Alto, for screenings of features and documentaries from around the world with some very special guests.

STUDIO CITY: Studio City International Film Festival November 3-6, 2016
studiocityfilmfestival.com
Studio City International Film Festival takes place at Complete Actors Place Theatre on Ventura Boulevard, down the street from CBS Studios and a few miles away from Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

HOLLYWOOD: American Film Institute Film Festival November 10-17, 2016
afi.com
An annual program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world. The film festival is the only one of its stature that is free to the public.

CHICO: Animation Chico December 10, 2016
aimationchico.com

LOS ANGELES: LA Thriller Film Festival December 10, 2016
lathrillerfilmfest.com
A film festival that dedicates itself to the indie filmmaker.

LAKE TAHOE: Tahoe Adventure Film Festival December 10, 2016
laketahoefilmfestival.com
Mont Bleu Casino
Lake Tahoe, NV

LONG BEACH: QFilm Festival September 7-10, 2017
Art Theatre
qfilmslongbeach.com
The longest-running film festival in Long Beach, California, with one of the largest LGBTQ populations in the state. QFilms Long Beach is THE queer film festival to see.

FRESNO: Reel Pride Film Festival September 20-24, 2017
reelpride.com
Dedicated to LGBT films, filmmakers

SANTA ROSA: Wine Country International Film Festival September 20-25, 2017
sriff.org
Wine Country Film Festival, Wine Country's Original Film Festival
Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road
3rd Street Cinemas, 620 3rd Street
Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Avenue
Festival Hospitality Lounge, #1 Santa Rosa Avenue, Downtown
Deerfield Ranch Winery, 10200 Sonoma Highway (Hyw 12) Bringing the finest international cinema to the community, and providing a cultural resource for filmmakers, artists, musicians, winemakers, chefs and the public at large

LOS ANGELES: Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival September 21-30, 2017
dtlaff.com
Established in 2008, the independent film festival showcases independent cinema in the historic center of downtown L.A. and its unique cultural diversity.

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Film & Music Festival September 6-10, 2017
sacfilm.com
Historic Crest Theatre
1013 Kst
Sacramento, CA 95814

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Latino Film Festival September 15, 2017
sflatinofilmfestival.com
Film screenings take place in Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland.

BURBANK: Burbank International Film Festival September 6-10, 2017
burbankfilmfest.org
The Burbank International Film Festival invites the public to participate in an event that includes 100 films from 31 countries, 25 world premieres, 22 award categories, and opening and closing night screenings. Festival events will occur at numerous venues throughout Burbank, with Opening Night at the AMC 16 in Downtown Burbank, Night of Sci-fi, Fantasy & Horror at the IATSE Local 80 Sound Stage, Closing Night Gala at The Castaway Burbank, and more than 100 films screening at the AMC 6 at Burbank Town Center.

LONG BEACH: QFilm Festival September 7-10, 2017
Art Theatre
qfilmslongbeach.com
The longest-running film festival in Long Beach, California, with one of the largest LGBTQ populations in the state. QFilms Long Beach is THE queer film festival to see.

FRESNO: Reel Pride Film Festival September 20-24, 2017
reelpride.com
Dedicated to LGBT films, filmmakers

SANTA ROSA: Wine Country International Film Festival September 20-25, 2017
sriff.org
Wine Country Film Festival, Wine Country's Original Film Festival
Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road
3rd Street Cinemas, 620 3rd Street
Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Avenue
Festival Hospitality Lounge, #1 Santa Rosa Avenue, Downtown
Deerfield Ranch Winery, 10200 Sonoma Highway (Hyw 12) Bringing the finest international cinema to the community, and providing a cultural resource for filmmakers, artists, musicians, winemakers, chefs and the public at large

LOS ANGELES: Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival September 21-30, 2017
dtlaff.com
Established in 2008, the independent film festival showcases independent cinema in the historic center of downtown L.A. and its unique cultural diversity.

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Film & Music Festival September 6-10, 2017
sacfilm.com
Historic Crest Theatre
1013 Kst
Sacramento, CA 95814

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Latino Film Festival September 15, 2017
sflatinofilmfestival.com
Film screenings take place in Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland.

REDDING: Silent Film Festival October  canceled in 2017
Redding Civic
1313 Market Street
Redding, CA
shastaartscouncil.org

HOLLYWOOD: Animation Is Film October 20-22, 2017
Mann’s Chinese Theater  (TCL Chinese 6 Theater)
Hollywood, CA
Tickets: animationisfilm.com
The Festival will present a highly selective showcase of the best animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, and both juried and audience awards.

HOLLYWOOD: Animation Is Film October 20-22, 2017
Mann’s Chinese Theater  (TCL Chinese 6 Theater)
Hollywood, CA
Tickets: animationisfilm.com
The Festival will present a highly selective showcase of the best animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, and both juried and audience awards.

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Film Festival October 4-8, 2017
sdfilmfest.com
Downtown San Diego. The largest of San Diego's film events, this festival showcases the best in American and international full-length films, documentaries and short films, and features Q&A sessions with directors and guest appearances by celebrity actors and film artists. In the past there have been 2 festival villages. The historic Gaslamp Quarter – San Diego's premiere entertainment district and the ArcLight Cinemas in the seaside community of La Jolla.

IMPERIAL: Imperial Valley Film Festival October 13-14, 2017
Movies Imperial
2335 CA-86
Imperial, CA 92251
$10-15, northcountycoalitionforthearts.org
The festival includes screening of films, industry panels, Q&As with working professionals, and an Artist Gallery. The Imperial Valley Film Festival & Artist Showcase is a juried exhibition of independent filmmakers' and artists' work including shorts, features, music videos, and documentaries created by students and independent filmmakers with special emphasis to those with ties to Imperial County, Yuma and Mexicali. This year as the festival opens on Friday the 13th, there is a special Horror category.

CARMEL BY THE SEA: Carmel International Film Festival October 18-22, 2017
carmelfilmfest.com

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: San Fernando Valley International Film Festival October 18-22, 2017
valleyfilmfest.com
Laemmle NoHo7, in the heart of NoHo, on Lankershim Blvd.

LOS ANGELES: Screamfest October 2017
screamfestla.com
Screamfest is billed as the largest and longest running scream festival in the U.S. Screamfest Horror Film Festival offers audiences 10 days of horror films in an extraordinary festival experience.

SAN FRANCISCO: American Indian Film Festival November 3-11, 2017
aifisf.com
Longest running, best known film festival dedicated to Native Americans. Annual event featuring 95 films from Indigenous people. Intense, intimate and strong, the films authentically explore issues such as family, social injustice, understanding the past and being able to move on. Media outlets consistently rank this festival as one of the best Native American experiences.

HOLLYWOOD: Red Nation Film Festival November 8-18, 2017
rednationff.com
Dedicated to Native Americans in film

SAN DIEGO: Asian Film Festival November 9-18, 2017
pacarts.org
Presented by the Pacific Arts Movement's 18th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival with over 150 films from more than 20 countries, shown across six venues, celebrates motion pictures, shorts and animation from Asian artists from around the world. Genres range from action, romance, comedy, drama, animation, documentaries to family-friendly films. Venues Include: San Diego Natural History Museum UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center 510 Hazard Center Dr #100, UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley Marriott Mission Valley UCSD Price Center Theater Digital Gym Cinema Museum of Photographic Arts. Cost: $9-12, sdaff.org

SANTA BARBARA: Santa Barbara Film Festival January 31-February 18, 2018
sbiff.org
Celebrity premiers, panels, and VIP options for parties and reserved seating

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Independent Film Festival February 1-15, 2018
sfindie.com
SF IndieFest unleashes ghosts, madmen, monsters, and futuristic merriment at the annual SF Doc Fest and Another Hole in the Head Film Festival.

LA JOLLA: Indie Film Festival February 6, 2018
theindiefest.com

HOLLYWOOD: Reel Independent Film Festival February 7-27, 2018
hollywoodreelindependentfilmfestival.com
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest (HRIFF) is a high-profile event with well known actors and producers participating and submitting their original works.

SAN DIEGO: Jewish Film Festival February 8-18, 2018
sdcjc.org/sdjff/

BALDWIN HILLS: Pan African Film Festival February 8-19, 2018
paff.org
Opening Night: America is Still the Place
African American actors, filmmakers and films. A cultural journey.

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Berlin Beyond Film Festival February 9-14, 2018
berlinbeyond.org | goethe.de/
The annual Berlin & Beyond Film Festival at the Castro Theatre, a presentation of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, is America's premier festival of new cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since 1996 over 500 films have been presented to 100,000+ people.

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Winterfest February 10 - 11, 2018
jfi.org
Weekend Pass is good for admission to all shows at both the Vogue Theatre and Alamo Drafthouse.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE: California Underground Film Festival February 15, 2018, 4-7 p.m.
Al Mulino Italian Restaurant
3709 E Thousand Oaks Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Free, caund.com
 The festival will feature a screening of 15-20 films, music videos, animations. This event open to the public. Reserve your tickets for California Underground Film Festival on eventbrite.com

GRASS VALLEY: Animal Film Festival February 17, 2018
The Center For the Arts
314 West Main Street
Grass Valley, California 95945
animalfilmfestival.org
The festival explores companion animals, wildlife, animals used in entertainment, farming, and laboratories. The only festival of its kind celebrates interactions between humans and non-humans, as well as films showing the ways we mistreat animals.

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Huntington Beach Film Festival February 22-25, 2018
hbfilmfest.com
A film festival for independent filmmakers and screenwriters, and one of MovieMaker Magazine's 20 Festivals worth the entry fee, the Huntington Beach Film Festival features award winning movies and screenplays, industry speakers, special guests, a professional panel of jury members and screeners, volunteer opportunities, and scores of excited attendees. 

PASADENA: Poly Film Festival February 24, 2018
Polytechnic School
1030 E California Blvd
Pasadena, California 91106
polycinemaguild.wixsite.com
Short film screenings by students from local, independent high schools, intermingled with Q&A sessions between the audience members and filmmakers in attendance.

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