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.
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.
Where: Rave cinemas, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Los Angeles Italia Film Festival
Hollywood Black Film Festival
A showcase for the work of Black filmmakers, including the HBFF Film Financing and distribution Summit.
Where: Marina del Rey, CA
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
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
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.
Where: Regal Theaters at LA Live Downtown
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.
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
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.
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.
Where: Directors Guild of America - 7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90046
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.
All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival
A film festival focused on movies about all kinds of sports and competitions.
FirstGlance Hollywood Film Fest
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.
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.
Where: The Bootleg Theater in Echo Park
Cinema at the Edge - Independent Film Festival
Three days of screenings, parties & artist programs that celebrates independent filmmaking. A major festival for independent film.
Where: Edgemar Center for the Arts, Santa Monica, California
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.
Where: Chinese Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
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.
Where: Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center, 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Film Festivals in LA June through August
Sunset Film Festival- Los Angeles
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.
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.
Where: Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 W Sunset Blvd, LA 90046 and other venues
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.
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.
Where: Los Angeles
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
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.
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.
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.
Where: TCL (formerly Grauman's ) Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
An annual showcase of international and local short films from the prestigious partners of Pinewood Studios.
Where:Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
Marina Del Rey Film Festival
G2 Green Earth Film Festival
A free festival screening environmentally focused films from directors of all levels of experience.
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.
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.
Where: Various venues in Downtown LA
Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival
An annual showcase of films by Brazilian filmmakers, and films that showcase Brazil.
Where: Landmark Theatres
Cambodia Town Film Festival
The Cambodia Town Film Festival in Long Beach focuses on Cambodian filmmakers located around the world.
Where: Art Theatre, 2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach
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.
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.
Where: Director's Guild of America, 7920 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Film Festival
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.
Where: Various locations in Downey, CA
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."
Where: The Avalon Theatre and multiple other venues on Catalina Island
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.
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90028
Shriekfest Film Festival
Shriekfest is the longest-running horror, sci-fi and fantasy film and screenwriting competition in LA.
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
Screamfest LA Film Festival
Screamfest horror film festival premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers.
Where: TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the 3rd floor of the Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028
SoCal Independent Film Festival
This biennial event awards independent films and screenplays, and features speakers, workshops, Q&As and panel discussions.
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.
Where: LA Live Regal Cinemas
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.
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.
Where: Beyond Baroque Theater, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Ca,90291
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.
Where: LA Live Regal Cinemas, 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Info: 310-441-1645, www.lafemme.org
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.
Where: TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA
Info: screamfestla.com, 310-358-3273
San Pedro International Film Festival
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.
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.
Where: The Crest Westwood Theatre, 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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.
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."
Where: Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Red Nations Film Festival
A film festival that showcases the work of American Indian filmmakers and breaks stereotypes of American Indians in film.
Where: various locations
The longest running film festival in LA, AFI Fest shows over 100 films from all over the world for 10 days every November.
Where: See website for venue
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.
Where: University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, University Park, LA
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.
Where: LA County Museum of Art and other venues