laurelsEven though the LA Film Fest is one of my favorites, our fair city is not known for one of the “important” festivals - Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Berlin…after all, what fun is it to party in your hometown? But what we may (arguably) lack in “importance” we make up for in diversity. Here’s an (ever-growing) list of fascinating So Cal film fests as of September, 2014.

I spoke with Madeleine Brand on Press Play about why LA doesn’t have a world-famous film festival…

Note, I can’t vouch for most of the long list below…I’ve only been to a handful!  But I’m committed to showing up to a couple of festivals this year that are totally out of my wheel house…any suggestions? Have I omitted any fests from this list?

  1. AFI Fest
  2. The All Sports Film Festival
  3. Ambulante California
  4. Anaheim International Film Festival
  5. The Arab Film Festival
  6. Architecture & Design Film Festival LA
  7. The Awareness Film, Art and Film Festival 
  8. BelAir Film Festival
  9. Beverly Hills Film Festival
  10. Burbank International Film Festival
  11. Cinecon Classic Film Festival
  12. Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival
  13. City of Lights/City of Angels
  14. Dance Camera West
  15. Dances with Film
  16. Docuweeks
  17. Downtown Film Festival LA
  18. Feel Good Film Festival
  19. FirstGlance Hollywood Film Fest
  20. The German Currents Film Festival
  21. The GI Film Festival 
  22. Going Green Film Fest
  23. H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
  24. Hola Mexico Film Festival
  25. The Hollyshorts Film Festival
  26. Hollywood Black Film Festival
  27. Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival
  28. The Hollywood Film Festival
  29. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
  30. Indian Film Festival Los Angeles
  31. International Family Film Festival
  32. International Student Film Festival Hollywood
  33. Israel Film Festival LA
  34. Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
  35. Justice on Trial Film Festival
  36. Kickstarter Film Festival
  37. Lake Arrowhead Film Fesitval
  38. Latino International Film Festival
  39. Look East: Korean Film Festival
  40. LA 3D Film Festival
  41. La Femme International Film Festival
  42. The Los Angeles Amazing Film Festival
  43. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  44. LA Brazilian Film Festival
  45. The LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival
  46. LA Film + Music Weekend
  47. LA Feline Film Festival
  48. Los Angeles Film Festival
  49. LA Greek Film Festival
  50. LA Harbor International Film Festival
  51. Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival
  52. LA Irish Film Festival
  53. Los Angeles Italia Film Festival
  54. LA Jewish Film Festival
  55. Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
  56. LA Shorts Fest
  57. The LA Turkish Film Festival
  58. The LA United Film Festival
  59. The Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
  60. Malibu International Film Festival
  61. My Hero Film Festival
  62. Newport Beach Film Festival
  63. No-Budget Film Festival
  64. Noor Iranian Film Festival
  65. Old Pasadena Film Fest
  66. Other Venice Film Festival
  67. Outfest
  68. Palm Springs International Film Festival
  69. Pan African Film Festival
  70. Polish Film Festival Los Angeles
  71. Real Experimental Film Festival
  72. Red Nations Film Festival
  73. The San Pedro International Film Festival
  74. Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  75. Santa Catalina Film Festival
  76. The Scandinavian Film Festival LA
  77. Screamfest LA
  78. SoCal Film Festival
  79. The South East European Film Festival
  80. Southern California Business Film Festival
  81. Sundance Next Fest
  82. Sunset Film Festival
  83. Topanga Film Festival
  84. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Film Festival
  85. United Film Festival Los Angeles
  86. Valley Film Festival
  87. Vampire Film Festival – LA
  88. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  89. Zed Fest: Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
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  • Tracy M
  • http://blogs.kcrw.com/mattsmovies mholzman

    Terrible that I neglected that…I'll add to the list! M

  • Anonymous

    Great list of festivals. I’ll try to go on some.

  • MicahG

    The ARPA International Film Festival at the Egyptian is another great one. http://affma.org/

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