California Film Festivals


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

BURBANK: Burbank International Film Festival September 5-9, 2018
AMC 16 Theaters
125 E. Palm Ave.
Burbank, CA
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.

LONG BEACH: QFilm Festival September 6-9, 2018
Art Theatre
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.

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Green Film Festival  September 6-13, 2018
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

NEVADA CITY: Nevada City Film Festival September 7-14, 2018
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.

ORANGE: Viet Film Fest (held October 12-14, 2018) Red Carpet Launch Party September 9, 2018 Red Carpet 2 p.m. with Program 3-5 p.m. Live entertainment featuring performances by Diem Lien, Uyen Phuong, Kim Thanh, and Melione is hosted by Thanh Tam. This is a red carpet event in which selected filmmakers will be in attendance. The screening guide and box office will also be available online at this time. Location: AMC Orange 30, 20 City Blvd. West, Suite E, Orange, CA 92868 Cost: Free admission,

CALABASAS: Calabasas Film Festival September 12-16, 2018. 5th annual festival showcases major film premieres, student films, documentaries and top quality film selections from all genres that are guaranteed to entertain. CFF provides the community an opportunity to connect over mutual passions for film and television while enjoying local culinary arts and entertainment. CFF is also dedicated to honoring the future of the industry by empowering young filmmakers with a platform for outreach through student screenings and events. The Calabasas Film Festival will always be where the heart of film lives. (747) 226-3310,

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Film & Music Festival September 14-16, 2018
Historic Crest Theatre
1013 Kst
Sacramento, CA 95814

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Latino Film Festival September 14-30, 2018
Film screenings take place in Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland.

FRESNO: Reel Pride Film Festival September 19-23, 2018
Dedicated to LGBT films, filmmakers

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

SEAL BEACH: Seal Beach Film Festival September 20-23, 2018 J. H. Mcgaugh Elementary
Seal Beach, CA
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.

LOS ANGELES:  Awareness Film Festival September 27, 2018, 4 p.m.- October 7, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
LA Live Regal Cinemas
1000 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90015
Non-profit organization Heal One World is holding its 9th annual, 11-day Awareness Film Festival to inform and inspire audiences through a program of films on Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and Spiritual topics. Filmmaker Q&A's, filmmaker panels, as well as conscious art and music highlight this unique showcase of  Documentary & Narrative Features, Short Films, Music Videos and Public Service Announcements. Any net profits from this event will go completely to charity, including partner organizations.

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Horror Film Festival September 28-29, 2018
Historical Colonial Theatre
3522 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

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

SAN RAFAEL: Mill Valley Film Festival October 4-14, 2018
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.

MILL VALLEY: Mill Valley Film Festival October 4-14, 2018
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
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.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Inland Empire Film Festival October 7, 2018
Solamonte Theaters
9200 Milliken Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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 -

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

SAN DIEGO: San Diego International Film Festival October 10-14, 2018
Festival Headquarters - beautiful Pendry San Diego; Screenings:
UA Horton Plaza 8, 475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Arclight Cinemas La Jolla, 4425 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
SDIFF is a leading stop on the independent film festival circuit for world premieres, new studio releases, and the best in independent filmmaking. Glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers include opening night at the Balboa Theater; screenings at Regal Cinema and the ArcLight La Jolla. Film passes, single day attendance and a contest to win passes:
Opening Night October 10, 2018, 5:30-11:30 p.m.  is a glamorous evening at  Balboa Theatre,  868 Fourth Ave. Red carpet opening night film premiere, post-screening celebrity interviews, Q&A and OMNIA Nightclub Afterparty, $75-200,

LOS ANGELES: ReelAbilities Film Festival October 11-14, 2018  Laemmle's NoHo 7, The Pico Union Project and other locations. Largest festival in the United States dedicated to  artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The film has been hailed by critics and was Hungary's 2016 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film.

  • October 11, 2018 Blue carpet opening and gala with Chloé Zhao's  quiet masterpiece, THE RIDER. 
  • October 13, 2018 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 screening dark comedy KILLS ON WHEELS, about 2 young men in a Budapest rehab center who become involved with a wheelchair-bound hitman.
  • October 14, 2018 closing at Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood) with the Los Angeles premiere of SANCTUARY.

ORANGE: Viet Film Fest October 12-14, 2018
AMC Orange 30
20 City Blvd. West, Suite E
Orange, CA 92868 |
The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA)  attendance presents 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.

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

SACRAMENTO: Equality International Film Festival October 13-14, 2018
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.

SARATOGA / PALO ALTO: Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival October 14-November 11, 2018
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.

UNIVERSAL CITY: NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Through October 17, 2018 approx.
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.

LOS ANGELES: Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival October 17-21, 2018
Established in 2008, the independent film festival showcases independent cinema in the historic center of downtown L.A. and its unique cultural diversity.

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

SAN FRANCISCO: Best Actors Film Festival October 18-20, 2018
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.

IMPERIAL: Imperial Valley Film Festival October 19-20, 2018
The festival includes screening of films, industry panels, Q&As with working professionals, and an Artist Gallery. The Imperial Valley Film Festival juried exhibition of independent filmmakers' and artists' works features special emphasis to those with ties to Imperial County, Yuma and Mexicali. 

HOLLYWOOD: Animation Is Film October 19-21, 2018
2018 location TBD
Past location: Mann's Chinese Theater (TCL Chinese 6 Theater) Hollywood, CA
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.

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.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: San Fernando Valley International Film Festival October 31-November 4, 2018
Laemmle NoHo7, in the heart of NoHo, on Lankershim Blvd.

SANTA MONICA: American Film Market October 31-November 7, 2018 in Santa Monica, CA
In 2017 , 62 Academy Award Nominations for Films Represented at the American Film Market

SAN DIEGO: SDAFF Asian Film Festival November 1-10, 2018
UltraStar Mission Valley
7510 Hazard Center Dr #100
San Diego, CA 92108
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.

OJAI: Ojai Film Festival November 1-11, 2018
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.

HOLLYWOOD: Red Nation Film Festival November 5-16, 2018
Dedicated to Native Americans in film

NAPA VALLEY: Napa Valley Film Festival November 7-11, 2018
Multiple venues, multiple cities

HOLLYWOOD: American Film Institute Film Festival November 8-15, 2018
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.

LOS ANGELES: LA Live Film Festival November 10, 2018
Regal Cinemas LA Live
1000 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
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: The 32nd Israel Film Festival November 6-20, 2018.

SAN DIEGO: Asian Film Festival November 8-17, 2018 |
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.  $,

STUDIO CITY: Studio City International Film Festival November 9-15, 2018
Studio City International Film Festival takes place near CBS Studios and a few miles away from Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES: Global Film Festival Awards November 30, 2018
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.

LAKE TAHOE: Tahoe Film Fest December 6-9, 2018

CHICO: Animation Chico December 8, 2018
Animated films from established and upcoming artists from around the world showcasing the latest techniques in animation and innovations in technology, combined with compelling and entertaining storytelling.

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Now Film Festival December 8, 2018
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.

PALM SPRINGS: Palm Springs International Film Festival January 3-14, 2019. Prices and venues vary.

SAN DIEGO: California Film Awards January 5, 2019

MALIBU: Malibu International Film Festival January 12-13, 2019
Malibu Film Festival showcases the best in American and international cinema. The Festival schedule includes free outdoor screenings, parties, receptions and other special events.

SAN CLEMENTE: Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival April 25-28, 2019
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.)

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Huntington Beach Film Festival May 2019
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.

SAN JOSE: Death's Parade Film Fest October 4-5, 2019
Towne 3 Cinemas
San Jose, CA
The two-day celebration of horror showcases short and feature films from around the world with special emphasis on local filmmakers like Anthony Derouen, the festival's founding director. Submissions open October 6, 2018, and tickets are on sale now.

Past Events

NEVADA CITY - GRASS VALLEY: 16th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival Time: January 
Nevada City/Grass Valley, CA Tickets: $20, $150 Weekend Pass., 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: Los Angeles Movie Awards January
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 
Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas
1870 Harbor Blvd,
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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.

Yosemite Film Festival Internet Based
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.

SANTA BARBARA: Santa Barbara Film Festival January-February
Celebrity premiers, panels, and VIP options for parties and reserved seating

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Independent Film Festival February
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

HOLLYWOOD: Reel Independent Film Festival February
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

BALDWIN HILLS: Pan African Film Festival February
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 |
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
Weekend Pass is good for admission to all shows at both the Vogue Theatre and Alamo Drafthouse.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE: California Underground Film Festival February 
Al Mulino Italian Restaurant
3709 E Thousand Oaks Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91362
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

GRASS VALLEY: Animal Film Festival February
The Center For the Arts
314 West Main Street
Grass Valley, California 95945
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.

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

SAN JOSE: Cinequest - San Jose / Silicon Valley Film Festival February-March
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

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

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco International Jewish Film Festival March
Pleasant Hill and Livermore
in Livermore and Pleasant Hill, California
Catch films in Bulgarian, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish and English.

PASADENA: Pasadena International Film Festival 
Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91101
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

SAN FRANCISCO: International Ocean Film Festival March 8-11, 2018
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California
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
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
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
Raleigh Studios
Hollywood, CA
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
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 
Albany Twin - Landmark Theatres
1115 Solano Avenue
Albany, California 94706
International juried short and very short features emerging and established Bay Area, national, and global filmmakers. It offers two youth filmmaker categories, too.


SONOMA: Sonoma International Film Festival March
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
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

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

OAKLAND: Oakland International Film Festival, April 
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

BEVERLY HILLS: Beverly Hills Film Festival April
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90028
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 
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".

SANTA MONICA: Cinema at the Edge (CATE) Film Festival April 
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 392-7327
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
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 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
Regal LA Live

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Food & Film Festival April
Premier, Sustainable, City of Gold and Bourbon & Bites ticketed events

LOS ANGELES: American Film Institute (AFI) 30 Film Shorts April 
American Film Institute
2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free, but RSVP:
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
Oldest run student film festival, according to event

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Comedy Shorts April
TCL Chinese 6 Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd
3rd Level
Hollywood, CA 90028

SAN FRANCISCO: Earth Day Film Festival April 20-22, 2018
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
Sacramento Film Festival is produced under the umbrella of the California Film Foundation.

LOS ANGELES: Silicon Beach Film Festival April
Cinemark 18 and XD Playa Vista
6081 Center Dr HHLA Howard Hughes Center
12746 West Jefferson Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90094
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
The Writers Guild Theater
135 S Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
The Archer Film Festival is a high school student film festival dedicated to empowering female filmmakers.

LOS ANGELES: Jewish Film Festival April-May

TIBURON: Tiburon International Film Festival April

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

HOLLYWOOD: Colcoa French Film Festival April -May
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

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Beach Film Festival April 26-May 3, 2018
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
Music in film all week |

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

DAVIS: Davis Feminist Film Festival May 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
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
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
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 
Mystic Theatre
Petaluma, CA
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 
Carlsbad Dove Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, Ca 92011 |
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 
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
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:

Celebrating short-form content by and for the LGBTQ community.

VENICE: Garifuna Film Festival
Celebrating Garifuna, Caribbean and indigenous cultures from around the world!

AVALON: Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Festival Avalon Casino Theatre

SAN DIEGO: iVIE Awards & Student Film Festival 
2921 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104
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 
Dave and Buster's
Hollywood California
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
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14
1000 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90015
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
Cinema in the Vineyards at Mendocino Film Festival with its signature program of films.

WALNUT CREEK: Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival May
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
 Bootleg Theater - Echo Park
Los Angeles, CA
Pop-up shorts fest focuses on fresh, edgy, subversive programming from innovative indies on the come-up.   conceptualization,

LOS ANGELES: Outfest June

SANTA MONICA: Best of the Best Film Festival June
Ocean Avenue Screening Room
1401 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90401
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
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases cinema from Greece and filmmakers of Greek descent. 

SAN DIEGO: Filmout San Diego LGBT Film Festival June
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
Revive Theater 
12420 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90025
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
Promenade Playhouse
1404 Third Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sunset Film Festival seeks hidden gems and visionary filmmakers with fresh voices  bigger fests often overlook.

LOS ANGELES: New Media Film Festival June
The Landmark
10850 W. Pico Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA

HOLLYWOOD: American Film Institute Docs Festival June  Festival takes place in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD
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
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
Held at Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA
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
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.

PALM SPRINGS: Palm Springs International Film Festival Short Fest June
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.

PASADENA: Old Pasadena Summer Cinema July 5-28, 2018
 FREE movie series featuring nearly 20 screenings in unique urban locations. Films: Departures Jul.6 | Sunset Boulevard Jul.6 | La La Land Jul.7 | Pee-wee's Big Adventure Jul.7 | One Week Jul.13 | Back to the Future Jul.13 | Mars Attacks Jul.14 | A Quiet Place Jul.19 | In Bruges Jul.20 | The Incredibles Jul.20 | Wonder Woman Jul.21 \ How Much Further Jul.27 | 500 Days of Summer Jul.27 | The Princess Bride Jul.28 | The Muppet Movie Jul.28

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival July 19-August 5, 2018
Dramatic and documentary features, television and web series, experimental and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity.
Festival Dates & Venues
July 19-29 Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco
July 26-August 2  Albany Twin Cinemas, 1115 Solano Ave., Albany
July 21-26 CineArts at Palo Alto Square, 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Aug.2-5 Piedmont Theatre, 4186 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
Aug.2-5 Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael

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

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

BIG SUR: Big Sur International Short Film Festival June 28-August 26, 2018, 7 p.m. Location: Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA.
August 2, 2018, 8 p.m. | August 9, 2018, 8 p.m. | August 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m. BiGSuRCuS Limelight Cabaret | August 16, 2018, 8 p.m. | August 19, 2018, 2:30 p.m. Opening day event "Comete" featuring artist Per Adalbert | August 23, 2018, 8 p.m. | August 30, 2018, 8 p.m. | September 7, 2018, 6 p.m. folkYEAH! presents Angel Olsen | September 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.  Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" Under the Redwoods!!! | September 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m. BiGSuRCuS: Limelight Cabaret | October 20, 2018, 6 p.m.  folkYEAH! presents Ty Segall

MONTEREY: Big Sur International Short Film Festival July 1-August 26, 2018, 7 p.m. Location: MIIS - Irvine Auditorium, Monterey, CA.   July 1, 2018 | July 8, 2018 | July 15, 2018 | July 22, 2018 | July 29, 2018 | August 5, 2018 | August 12, 2018 | August 19, 2018 | August 26, 2018

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Shorts Film Festival August 9-18, 2018
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
Tickets are $10 per night or $15/weekend pass, available online at or at the door of the Chico Theater Company, 166 E Eaton Road, Suite F, Chico, CA 95973. Concessions and bar available. Free popcorn for attendees. Seating is first come, first serve.

SAN DIEGO: San Diego International Kids' Film Festival August 24-26, 2018
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.

SAN DIEGO: Little Italy Summer Film ends August 25, 2018, 8 p.m.
Amici Park Amphitheater
State & Date Streets
$5 donation,
Amazing Italian films with English subtitles under the stars, presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy.

SAN FRANCISCO EAST BAY: California Independent Film Festival August 24-September 1, 2018 held in Morinda, Moraga, East Bay area of San Francisco at historic Orinda Theatre, Rheem Theatre and the Castro Theatre.

LONG BEACH: Indie Film Festival August 29- September 2, 2018
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
Labor Day Weekend Benicia Film Festival features films, food & wine. Funds raised directly benefit Arts & Culture in Benicia.

SAN DIEGO: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival September 7, 2018
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.

Past film fests and past websites, may have expired

  • NORTH HOLLYWOOD: International Film Festival
  • LOS ANGELES: Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles
  • TOPANGA: Topanga Film Festival
  • REDDING: Fire Reel Film Festival
  • HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood International Family Film Festival,
  • NORTH HOLLYWOOD: International Student Film Festival
  • HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Film Festival October
  • CARMEL BY THE SEA: Carmel International Film Festival


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