California Festivals


California Film Festivals Indie & Mainstream Films, Movies, Shorts

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!

Film Festivals

PALM SPRINGS: Palm Springs International Film Festival January 2-13, 2020. Prices and venues vary.

LOS ANGELES: Global Film Festival Awards January 6, 2020
Ongoing monthly competitions and awards with Best of the Year selections, as well.
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.

LOS ANGELES: NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival February 8, 2020, 4-11:30 p.m. at 1139 S Hill Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90015 Enjoy great films, complimentary beverages, audience Q&As and networking opportunities with the filmmakers, industry professionals and fellow film lovers!  Tickets start at only $10! Parking: 1133 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (parking is $5)

NEVADA CITY - GRASS VALLEY: Wild & Scenic Film Festival January 16-20, 2020
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.

MALIBU: Malibu International Film Festival February 15, 2020
Malibu Film Festival showcases the best in American and international cinema. The Festival schedule includes free outdoor screenings, parties, receptions and other special events.

SANTA BARBARA: Santa Barbara Film Festival January 15-25, 2020
Celebrity premiers, panels, and VIP options for parties and reserved seating. Opening Night Film US Premiere of "A Bump Along The Way" Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 8 p.m. at Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Independent Film Festival January 29-February 13, 2020
SF IndieFest at Roxie + Victoria Theaters.

COSTA MESA: Irvine International Film Festival Expected date March 7, 2020 posted on FilmFreeway
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.

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Feedback Film Festival
Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas
1000 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Drama & Romance Night  Thur. January 9, 2020, 7-9:10 p.m. The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd. Check website regularly for events. Dance/Music/Experimental Short Films from around the world. All multiple award winning short films.

SAN DIEGO: Jewish Film Festival February 13-23, 2020
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
Jacobs Familly Campus
La Jolla, CA
Celebrating 30 years.

BALDWIN HILLS: Pan African Film Festival February 11-23, 2020
Billed as the Largest Black Film Festival in America, this event features African American actors, filmmakers and films. A cultural journey.

HOLLYWOOD: Reel Independent Film Festival February 12-24, 2020
LA Live
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest (HRIFF) is a high-profile event with well known actors and producers participating and submitting their original works.

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco International Jewish Film Festival  Opening Night: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at The Orinda Theatre; February 29-March 8, 2020 at Century 16, Pleasant Hill; March 12 & 15, 2020 at The Vine Cinema, Livermore
Pleasant Hill and Livermore
in Livermore and Pleasant Hill, California
Catch films in Bulgarian, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish and English.

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Winter Film Shorts 
Held at Crest Theatre. 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Thursday, January 16, 2020  screening of the late Agnes Varda's last film, Varda by Agnes, in partnership with and taking place at the Verge Center for the Arts.
13th Winter Shorts Fest, featuring the Cesar-nominated short films, on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Tower Theatre
19th Sacramento French Film Festival June 19 - 28, 2020
Crest Theatre
7th Minifest, Fall 2020 - Esquire IMAX Theatre

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Huntington Beach Film Festival
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.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Inland Empire Film Festival  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 -

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Berlin Beyond Film Festival February 7-13, 2020 |
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.

LOS ANGELES: Golden State Film Festival February 21-March 1, 2020 expected dates
TCL Chinese Theater Hollywood
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90028
The Golden State Film Festival takes pride in creating a fun relaxed and exciting festival for independent films.

PASADENA: Poly Film Festival
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.

CHICO: Earth Day Film Festival March 13-19, 2020
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; 2018 it was in San Francisco.

SAN JOSE & REDWOOD CITY: Cinequest - San Jose / Silicon Valley Film Festival March 3-15, 2020
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 7-22, 2020

PASADENA: Pasadena International Film Festival 12-19, 2020
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 12-15, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO: International Ocean Film Festival March 12-15, 2020
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 17-22, 2020
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 

REDDING: Sundial Film Festival March 7, 2020
The Cascade Theater
Registration required and donations encouraged

BAKERSFIELD: Christian Youth Film Festival March 7-8, 2020
March 7, 2020  College Division screenings and Seminars
March 8, 2020 Teen Division & Special Needs screenings and Awards
Fox Theater
2001 H Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
$10 approx.,
The Christian Youth Film Festival is the number one festival for the next generation of Christian film makers. Short movies made entirely by youth ages 12-24 are screened and rated by accomplished industry professionals.

SAN DIEGO: Latino Film Festival March 12-22, 2020
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: Westflix March 20-21, 2020
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 21-29, 2020
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.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: Cine Fest April 11-18, 2020
Premiere event for independent cinema from all over the world.

LOS OLIVOS: The Naturetrack Film Festival March 20-22, 2020
Close to 60 films from over 20 countries igniting passion for nature at this inaugural event held at multiple venues. 

SONOMA: Sonoma International Film Festival March 25-29, 2020
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.

CALIFORNIA CITIES: Banff Mountain Film Festival 
Participate in the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour which brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to California.
Arcata, CA April 14, 15, 16, 2020
Adventures Edge
Berkeley, CA February 23, 23, 2020
REI Berkeley
Tickets: UC Berkeley Wheeler Auditorium
Bishop, CA March 27, 28, 2020
Inyo Council for the Arts
760 873 8014
Chico, CA April 9, 10, 2020
Adventure Outings
Costa Mesa, CA March 17, 18, 2020
Orange Coast College Library
Davis April 7, 8, 2020
Downieville April 3, 4, 5, 2020
Sierra County Arts Council
Encinitas, CA March 20, 21, 22, 2020
Adventure 16 has gone out of business! Encinitas screenings will still occur -- currently sorting out these details. Please check back
Monterey, CA February 29, 2020
REI Marina
Pasadena, CA March 10, 2020
Caltech Ticket Office
Redding, CA April 11, 2020
Catalyst Redding Young Professionals
Cascade Theatre
Redlands, CA February 27, 28, 2020
San Gorgonio Wilderness Association
Redwood City, CA February 27, 28, 2020
Tickets available at Fox Theatre
San Diego, CA September 26, 27, 2020
Adventure 16 out of business! San Diego screenings will still occur -- please check back in the New Year!
San Francisco, CA February 20, 21, 2020
REI San Francisco
Purchase tickets at:
San Luis Obispo, CA February 25, 2020
Live to Play
Tickets available through:
San Rafael, CA February 24, 25, 2020
REI Corte Madera
Santa Barbara, CA March 11, 12, 2020
UCSB Arts & Lectures at the Arlington Theatre
Email inquiries:
Santa Cruz, CA February 20, 21, 22, 23, 2020
UC Santa Cruz Recreation Department
Santa Monica March 13, 14, 2020
Adventure 16 have gone out of business! Screenings will still occur -- check back!

BEVERLY HILLS: Beverly Hills Film Festival April 1-5, 2020
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 1-8, 2020
The Granada Theater
Morgan Hill

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES: Universe Multicultural Film April 3-5, 2020
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
Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Vía Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Universe Multicultural Film Festival ( UMFF) is a jewel for cultural exchange through cinema art. UMFF screening 100+ films from 30+ countries, produce 5 industry panels and film market that bring real result each year.

FULLERTON: Fullerton College French Film Festival October 20-23, 2020

LOS ANGELES: Indian Film Festival April 1-5, 2020
Regal LA Live,  A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
18th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world - Hollywood and India. More than 20 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe feature three world premieres, two North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and 11 Los Angeles premiere screenings. The impressive lineup represents 9 languages, and includes a diverse collection of female and first-time filmmakers along with festival alumni returning with their latest projects. Enjoy Opening and Closing red carpet Galas, as well as a Closing Awards ceremony. 

HOLLYWOOD: Classic Film Festival April 16-19, 2020
Grand Illusions is the 2020 theme for this iconic film fest.

HOLLYWOOD: Sierra Canyon Film Festival March 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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.

TIBURON: Tiburon International Film Festival April 17-23, 2020
"A true United Nations of cinema"

SAN DIEGO: Women's Film Festival April 16-19, 2020
Women's Museum of California hosts this multi-day festival annually in an effort to provide female storytellers a platform to share their work, connect with each other and a uniquely supportive audience.

ARCATA: Humboldt International Film Festival no info posted as of 1/2/2020
Oldest run student film festival, according to event

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Comedy Shorts April 23-26, 2020
TCL Chinese 6 Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd
3rd Level
Hollywood, CA 90028

CORONA DEL MAR: TVT Southern California High School Film Festival April 30, 2019
The New Port Theater
2905 East Coast Highway
Newport Beach, California 92625
Film Festival provides a platform for high school filmmakers to showcase their work, receive feedback and inspire others. The Innovation Institute at TarbutV'Torah (TVT) in Irvine produces this festival as a way of bringing together many high school film programs in the area.

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Beach Film Festival April 23-30, 2020
Over 300 features and shorts from over forty different countries with special programs featuring documentaries, music, environment, animation, action, 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.

SANTA CRUZ: Reel Work Film Festival April 24-May 3, 2020

SAN CLEMENTE: Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival April 25, 2020
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.)

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento International Film Festival April 25-May 3, 2020
Sacramento Film Festival is produced under the umbrella of the California Film Foundation.

LOS ANGELES: Silicon Beach Film Festival June 11-19, 2020
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: Jewish Film Festival April 30-May 7, 2020

BEVERLY HILLS: Archer Film Festival April 22, 2020
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: Die Laughing Film Festival May 8-9, 2020
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.

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Food & Film Festival no info as of 1/2/2020
Premier, Sustainable, City of Gold and Bourbon & Bites ticketed events

SANTA MONICA: Samohi (Santa Monica High School) Film Festival no info as of 1/2/2020
Barnum Hall
600 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, California 90405
Films must not exceed 10 minutes in length to qualify for this event.

DAVIS: Davis Feminist Film Festival no info as of 1/2/2020
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: Asian Pacific Film Festival April 30-May 8, 2020
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 1-2, 2020
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. 

SAN DIEGO: Filmout San Diego LGBT Film Shorts April 30-May 3, 2020
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.

CARSON: Hyperwave Film Awards May 16, 2019
The SOL Venue
313 East Carson Street
Carson, California 90745

AVALON: Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Festival May 18, 2019
Avalon Casino Theatre

CARLSBAD: Lunafest Film Festival May 19, 2019
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 24-25, 2019
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 June 22-23, 2019
Laemmle Monica Theater
1332 2nd St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Black Film Festival June 13-16, 2019
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 20-21, 2019
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.

MENDOCINO: Mendocino Film Festival May 30-June 2, 2019
Cinema in the Vineyards at Mendocino Film Festival with its signature program of films.

HOLLYWOOD: OUT Web Fest May 30-June 2, 2019
The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
1020 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90069
Celebrating short-form content by and for the LGBTQ community.

VENICE: Garifuna Film Festival May 2019
Celebrating Garifuna, Caribbean and indigenous cultures from around the world!

HOLLYWOOD: Holly Weird Film Festival June 9, 2019, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
 California Institute of Abnormal Arts, 11334 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood

LOS ANGELES: Greek Film Festival June 3-9, 2019
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases cinema from Greece and filmmakers of Greek descent. 

SAN FRANCISCO: Truly CA June 7-28, 2019
KQED showcase for independently-produced documentaries representing the spirit of California. The Emmy Award-winning series brings audiences original and fascinating stories that reflect the diversity and maverick spirit found in all corners of the state.

PALM SPRINGS: Palm Springs International Film Festival Short Fest June 18-24, 2019
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.

SANTA MONICA: Sunset Film Festival June 8, 2019
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 4-6, 2019
The Landmark
10850 W. Pico Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA

HOLLYWOOD: American Film Institute Docs Festival June 19-23, 2019
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.

LOS ANGELES: Outfest July 18-28, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) July 18-August 4, 2019
Presented by the Jewish Film Institute, the largest and longest-running festival of its kind  exploring the complexities of Jewish life around the world. 40,000 filmgoers and industry professionals participate in three weeks of inspiring films, events, panels and parties. Screenings take place at the historic Castro theatre in San Francisco and venues throughout the Bay Area.

SAN DIEGO: iVIE Awards & Student Film Festival May 2019
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.

NEVADA CITY: Nevada City Film Festival August 23-30, 2019
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: Comedy Screenplay Festival August 28, 2019
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.

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.

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.

PASADENA: Old Pasadena Summer Cinema July

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival July 18-August 4, 2019
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 26-27, 2019
By invitation,
First fashion film festival in North America. The best from the fashion film art movement worldwide.

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Japanese Film Festival July 19-21, 2019
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA 

BIG SUR: Big Sur International Short Film Festival taking year off. Back in 2020
Location: MIIS - Irvine Auditorium, Monterey, CA.   

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) July 31-August 4, 2019
TCLChinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Third Level
Hollywood, CA 90028
$10 screenings | $20-350 passes and parties,
Co-founded by actor Edward James Olmos, the festival opens with the Los Angeles premiere of Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera's The Infiltrators,  among 15 features (including 10 directed by women and 3 World Premieres), 17 shorts, five episodics, two special events and two Latinx podcasts. La Mera Candelaria and Sizzle Fantastic are among  music performances nightly at the Roosevelt Theatre in the Hollywood.

JOSHUA TREE: Time Lapse Film Festival August 3, 2019
The Premiere Event for TImelapse Filmmakers - Worldwide Joshua Tree Retreat Center 59700 29 Palms Highway Joshua Tree, California.

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Shorts Film Festival August 8-17, 2019
Usually shown at:
TCL Chinese 6 Theaters
Hollywood, CA

LOS ANGELES: LGBT Los Angeles Film Festival August 8, 2019
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14
1000 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90015
An extension to the popular LGBT Festival in Toronto is designed to showcase the best of LGBT stories from around the world.

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Underground Film Festival | August 22-25, 2019
San Diego Underground Film Festival (SDUFF) is San Diego's premier showcase of experimentation in video, film, and audio based mediums.

SAN DIEGO: San Diego International Kids' Film Festival August 23-25, 2019
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
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. This year, the SDIKFF received more than 150 films from over 30 countries. Jenna Pekny sings the national anthem at the opening gala; Chalet Lizette Brannan and Zander Rice host. Larry Poole will represent the San Diego film maker's welcome to the international film makers.

SAN DIEGO: Little Italy Summer Film June-August 2019, Saturdays doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Amici Park Amphitheater
State & Date Streets
$5 donation,
Amazing Italian films (many with English subtitles) under the stars, presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy. The movies are screened at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets). Feel free to bring your own picnic and blanket to enjoy the show. No outside alcoholic beverages or animals permitted.
June 22, 2019 | June 29, 2019
July 6, 2019 | July 13, 2019 | July 20, 2019 | July 27, 2019
August 3, 2019 | August 10, 2019 | August 17, 2019 | August 24, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO EAST BAY: California Independent Film Festival August 23-31, 2019
held in Morinda, Moraga, East Bay area of San Francisco at historic Orinda Theatre, Rheem Theatre and the Castro Theatre.

HOLLYWOOD: Cinecon 55 August 29-September 2, 2019
The Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cinephiles (archivists, authors, collectors and film fans,) gather over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings. Three leading ladies of Hollywood classic films are honored in 2019: Barbara Rush, Gigi Perreau and Ann Robinson.

SAN DIEGO: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival August 30-September 1, 2019
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. 

LONG BEACH: Indie Film Festival August 28- September 1, 2019
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters. International film and music festival

BURBANK: Burbank International Film Festival September 4-8, 2019
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 5-8, 2019
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.

BENICIA: Benicia Film Festival September 6-8, 2019
Downtown Benicia First Street Benicia, CA
Benicia Film Festival features films, food & wine. Funds raised directly benefit Arts & Culture in Benicia.

CHICO: Shortz! Film Festival September 7, 2019
The Fun Sized Film Fest
Chico Theater Company
Tickets are approx. $10 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 FRANCISCO: San Francisco Green Film Festival  September 11-18, 2019
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

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival September 13-19, 2019
Laemmle’s NoHo 7 Theatres
5240 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Intergalactic isn’t just science fiction. It features all genres in categories:  Animation | Feature | Documentary | Mockumentary | Music Videos | TV pilots | Short films | Web/new media | Trailer/Teaser | Experimental | Score/Song

VACAVILLE: Ag Art Film Festival September 13-15, 2019
Celebrate some of the things in life that nourish us: agriculture & art - through cinema. The Ag & Art Film Festival supports small farms and farmers and the humane treatment of all living beings - including farm animals.

CALABASAS: Calabasas Film Festival September 18-22, 2019
 (747) 226-3310,
Aannual 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.

FRESNO: Reel Pride Film Festival September 18-22, 2019
Historic Tower District venues: 
THE TOWER THEATRE 815 E. Olive Avenue
FRESNO ART MUSEUM 2233 N. First Street
VISTA THEATER 1296 N. Wishon Avenue
THE PAINTED TABLE 1211 N. Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA
Dedicated to LGBT films, filmmakers

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Film & Music Festival September 18-22, 2019
Historic Crest Theatre
1013 Kst
Sacramento, CA 95814

LOS ANGELES: Animation Studio Festival September 19, 2019
2727 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Italian Film Festival Monthly Series September 19, 2019 Caravaggio - L'anima e il sangue (The Soul and the Blood)
Museum of Photographic Arts. 7:30 p.m. screenings. $12,

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Latino Film Festival September 20-29, 2019
Film screenings take place in Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland.

LOS ANGELES: LA Fashion Film Festival September 20-21, 2019
Phylm Studios
Registration Required for this Free event:
LAFFF is a dazzling showcase of how fashion, beauty and tech are blending to create a visionary retail experience. At the same time, it pushes brands to further engage and connect with consumer.

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Short Film & Script Festival   September 21, 2019, 12-7 p.m.
Ages 18 and up
1404 3rd St.
Santa Monica, CA
Cultural event. Local, National and International films. Meet filmmakers in person. Make new connections in Film and TV industry!

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Horror Film Festival September 21, 2019
Historical Colonial Theatre
3522 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

LOS ANGELES: Lift-Off Film Festival September 23-28, 2019
Raleigh Studios Screening Rooms
5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90038

BEVERLY HILLS: STORYTELLA Submissions through September 2019
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.

HOLLYWOOD: Colcoa French Film Festival September 23-28, 2019
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.

OAKLAND: Oakland International Film Festival September 24-28, 2019
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

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: San Fernando Valley International Film Festival September 25-29, 2019
Laemmle NoHo7, in the heart of NoHo, on Lankershim Blvd.

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

SEAL BEACH: Seal Beach Film Festival September 27-29, 2019
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  October 3-13, 2019
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.

SAN RAFAEL: Mill Valley Film Festival October 3-13, 2019
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 3-13, 2019
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.

OAKLAND: Drunken Film Fest October 4-12, 2019
Drunken Film Fest screens the best new short films from around the world at different bars, showcasing many of Oakland's distinct businesses and neighborhoods, all free and open to the public.

SAN JOSE: Death's Parade Film Fest October 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. 

HOLLYWOOD: Screamfest October 8-17, 2019
Largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States, the Sundance of Horror, showcases new genre films from around the world.

LONE PINE: Lone Pine Film Festival October 10-13, 2019
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.

ORANGE: Viet Film Fest October 11-13, 2019
Live entertainment featuring performances at this 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,
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 Bent October 11-13, 2019
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
San Francisco, CA

SAN DIEGO: San Diego International Film Festival October 15-20, 2019
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:

UNIVERSAL CITY: NBCUniversal Short Film Festival
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.

PALO ALTO: United Nations Association Film Festival October 17-27, 2019 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 18-19, 2019
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 18, 2019
Ricochet Event Center
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 18-20, 2019
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.

LOS ANGELES: Storytella LA October 18-20, 2019
Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival organized by Parajanov-Vartanov Institute, screens and awards outstanding films by students, emerging amateurs, and established masters that L.A.'s other important festivals overlook.

LOS ANGELES: Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival October 23-27, 2019
Established in 2008, the independent film festival showcases independent cinema in the historic center of downtown L.A. and its unique cultural diversity.


SARATOGA / PALO ALTO: Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival October 27-November 17, 2019
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.

CHICO: Independent Film Festival November 15-17, 2019
Local to Global - Computer in Film
CARD Community Center
Chico, CA |

SANTA MONICA: American Film Market November 6-13, 2019 in Santa Monica, CA
Multiple venues and events
Academy Award Nominations for Films Represented at the American Film Market

SAN DIEGO: SDAFF Asian Film Festival November 7-16, 2019
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. 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. 

OJAI: Ojai Film Festival October 31-November 10, 2019
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 1-14, 2019
Dedicated to Native Americans in film

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival November 15-19, 2019
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda
Los Feliz Theatre, 1822 N. Vermont
TLC Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
$Free-11.50 approx.,
Diverse mix of 10 Brazilian feature films, Documentary and shorts.

LOS ANGELES: Zed Fest Film Festival November 6-10, 2019
NoHo Arts
Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition was founded in 2010 to encourage and support independent filmmakers, who work in the horror, suspense, science fiction, drama, action, adventure, and art house genres.  
Lammle Noho 7 5240 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood Ca, 91601
Gray Studios LA 5250 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

STUDIO CITY: Studio City International Film Festival November 7-14, 2019
Studio City International Film Festival takes place near CBS Studios and a few miles away from Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES: LA Live Film Festival November 9, 2019
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: Israel Film Festival November 12-26, 2019
Screenings of over 40 narrative films, documentaries, and television series, as well as short films, at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Laemmle Town Center 5 Theatre in Encino. For further information or to purchase tickets for all Festival events, contact the IsraFest Foundation: 310.247.1800 or email Tickets will also be available to purchase on the website as of October 22:

NAPA VALLEY: Napa Valley Film Festival November 13-17, 2019
Multiple venues, multiple cities

HOLLYWOOD: American Film Institute Film Festival November 14-21, 2019
TLC Chinese Theatre
TLC Chinese 6
Roosevelt Hotel
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. Closes November 21 with World Premiere of THE BANKER. World Cinema section includes International Feature Film Oscar submissions

CHICO: Animation Chico November 16, 2019
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.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE: Tahoe Film Fest December 5-8, 2019

SANTA MONICA: Cinema at the Edge (CATE) Film Festival February 21-23, 2020
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.

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Now Film Festival 
 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.

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Movie Awards 
 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.

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.

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