Los Angeles Film Festival Calendar 2016 - 2017 - Page 1 of 3

January through May 2017

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

Film Festivals January through May

Scandinavian Film Festival

A non-competitive showcase of films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

When: January
Where: Writer's Guild of America Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Info: www.scandinavianfilmfestivalla.com

The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF)

Film screenings, actor showcases, music and arts events, a Children's Festival and lots of workshops for filmmakers.
When: February
Where: Rave cinemas, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Info: www.paff.org

Los Angeles Italia Film Festival

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

Hollywood Black Film Festival

A showcase for the work of Black filmmakers, including the HBFF Film Financing and distribution Summit.
When: February 
Where: Marina del Rey, CA
Info: www.hbff.org


Screening of all the year's Oscar-nominated documentary films.
When: Saturday before the Oscars in February or March
Where: Writer's Guild of America Theater, 135 S.

Doheny Drive, Beverly hills, CA 90211
Info: www.documentary.org

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles

The Japan Film Festival Los Angeles presents films that foster American understanding of Japanese culture. It is in transition, but is expected to move from September to some time in the spring.
When: Spring TBA 
Where: TBA
Info: www.jffla.org

Going Green Film Fest

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

Festival of Film Noir

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

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)

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

City of Lights - City of Angels French Film Festival

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

The Newport Beach Film Festival

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

All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival

A film festival focused on movies about all kinds of sports and competitions.
When: April 
Where: Varies
Info: www.allsportslafilmfest.com

FirstGlance Hollywood Film Fest

30 award-winning films from across the globe including features, docs, shorts, animation and more.
When: April
Where: at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles
Info: www.firstglancefilms.com

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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

RAW Film Festival

The RAW Film Festival is an annual "pop-up" showcase of short films - mostly from LA area local filmmakers - focusing on high-concept films and multidisciplinary artists. The program consists of narrative, documentary, experimental and music video categories. The one-day event also includes an art exhibition, live performances, and virtual reality showcase. High filmmaker attendance rate.
When: April
Where: The Bootleg Theater in Echo Park
Info: www.rawfilmfestival.com

Cinema at the Edge - Independent Film Festival

Three days of screenings, parties & artist programs that celebrates independent filmmaking. A major festival for independent film.
When: April
Where: Edgemar Center for the Arts, Santa Monica, California
Info: www.cinemaattheedge.com

TCM Classic Film Festival

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

The Garifuna International Film Festival

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

Film Festivals in LA June through August

Sunset Film Festival- Los Angeles

Sunset Film Festival is a general subjects festival covering all genres.
When: June
Where: Promenade Playhouse
Info: www.sunsetfilmfestival.comFacebook Page

Dance Camera West Los Angeles Dance Film Festival

Dance Camera West Los Angeles Dance Film Festival is a festival of screenings and events featuring experimental shorts, documentaries, and features related to dance at locations around Los Angeles.

When: June
Where: Various Locations
Info: 213-480-8633, www.dancecamerawest.org

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

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

Los Angeles Film Festival

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

New Media Film Festival

The New Media Film Festival is an international festival honoring stories worth telling in the ever-changing world of new media.

The New Media Film Festival accepts entries across 20 categories. The jury includes reps from Marvel, Emmys, Oscars and other Industry Leaders.
When: June
Where: Los Angeles
Info: www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com

Old Pasadena Film Festival

A month-long outdoor film festival focused on films that reflect the urban vibe of Downtown Pasadena.

When: Thursdays-Saturdays in July
Where: various venues in Pasadena
Info: http://www.oldpasadena.org/filmfestival/

OUTFEST, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

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

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival

This is the largest short film festival in the world. The festival screens over 400 short films with informational panel discussions, workshops, and a development market.
When: July
Where: Laemle NOHO 7 in North Hollywood
Info: 323-851-9100, www.lashortsfest.com

The HollyShorts Film Festival

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

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival

An annual showcase of international and local short films from the prestigious partners of Pinewood Studios.
When: August
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
Info: www.lift-off-festival.com

Marina Del Rey Film Festival

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

G2 Green Earth Film Festival

A free festival screening environmentally focused films from directors of all levels of experience.
When: August
Where: G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA  90291
Info: www.theg2gallery.com, (310) 452-2842

Film Festivals September through December

Cinecon Classic Film Festival

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

Info: www.cinecon.org

Downtown Film Festival - LA

One of the newer film festivals in town, this series of film screenings of Hollywood, independent and classic films, lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and parties and receptions, all celebrate downtown L.A.'s renaissance.
When: September
Where: Various venues in Downtown LA
Info: www.dffla.com

Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival

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

Cambodia Town Film Festival

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

Burbank International Film Festival

The Burbank Film Festival is a socially and environmentally conscious film festival. Human, animal, and environmental causes are core subjects the festival.

The festival highlights filmmakers that shed light on important issues that impact our world and features a Socially Conscious category.
When: September
Where: AMC Town Center 6 (770 North 1st Street), Burbank, CA
Info: www.burbankfilmfestival.org, (310) 749-6942

Los Angeles Irish Film Festival

A celebration of Irish films at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

When: September
Where: Director's Guild of America, 7920 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Info: www.irishscreenamerica.com

Hollywood Film Festival

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

GlennFest Film Festival

GlennFest Film Festival showcases a series of movies of special interest from the western debut of a Hindi film to award-winning animated features.
When: September/October
Where: Various locations in Downey, CA
Info: www.glennfest.com

Santa Catalina Film Festival

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

Beyond Fest Film Festival

Beyond Fest is the newest, earliest and longest of three horror film festivals that take place in Los Angeles in October. This 12-day celebration of violence and gore at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is also a fundraiser for the non-profit American Cinemateque that operates the Egyptian and Aero Theatres.

When: September-October
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90028
Info: beyondfest.com

Shriekfest Film Festival

Shriekfest is the longest-running horror, sci-fi and fantasy film and screenwriting competition in LA. 
When: October
Where: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, opening night party at Club Sinister at Boardners nightclub, 1652 N Cherokee Ave, Hollywood 90028
Info: www.shriekfest.com 

Screamfest LA Film Festival

Screamfest horror film festival premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. 
When: October
Where: TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the 3rd floor of the Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028
Info: screamfestla.com

SoCal Independent Film Festival

This biennial event awards independent films and screenplays, and features speakers, workshops, Q&As and panel discussions.

When: October
Where: Huntington Beach, CA
Info: 323-851-9100, www.socalfilmfest.com

The Awareness Film & Arts Festival

The Mission of the Awareness Film & Arts Festival is bringing awareness and opening eyes to some of the world's pressing issues; Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being, & Spirit: Heart & Soul. They showcase both Documentary & Narrative Features and Short Films with conscious music, art, dialogue and health & wellbeing.
When: October 
Where: LA Live Regal Cinemas
Info: awarenessfestival.org

Polish Film Festival Los Angeles

Presentation of films made by Polish filmmakers with English subtitles. There will also be opportunities to meet with the filmmakers and actors.
When: October
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA. 90028
Info: 818-982-8827, www.polishfilmla.org

The Other Venice Film Festival (OVFF)

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

La Femme International Film Festival

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

Screamfest LA

A film festival devoted to the best in horror and sci-fi movies at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It focuses primarily on independent films.
When: October
Where: TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA
Info: screamfestla.com, 310-358-3273

San Pedro International Film Festival

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

The International Family Film Festival

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

Los Angeles World International Film Festival

Showing among the best new independent films from around the globe.
When: October
Where: The Crest Westwood Theatre, 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Info: losangelesworldinternationalfilmfestival.com

Zed Fest: Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

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

Arpa International Film Festival

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

Red Nations Film Festival

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

AFI Fest

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

My Hero Film Festival

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

Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival

Two weekends of free screenings of over 150 short films from around the world made for children and teens.
When: December 
Where: LA County Museum of Art and other venues
Info: lacma.org