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. Los Angeles Film Festival
  48. LA Greek Film Festival
  49. LA Harbor International Film Festival
  50. Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival
  51. LA Irish Film Festival
  52. Los Angeles Italia Film Festival
  53. LA Jewish Film Festival
  54. Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
  55. LA Shorts Fest
  56. The LA Turkish Film Festival
  57. The LA United Film Festival
  58. The Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
  59. Malibu International Film Festival
  60. My Hero Film Festival
  61. Newport Beach Film Festival
  62. No-Budget Film Festival
  63. Noor Iranian Film Festival
  64. Old Pasadena Film Fest
  65. Other Venice Film Festival
  66. Outfest
  67. Palm Springs International Film Festival
  68. Pan African Film Festival
  69. Polish Film Festival Los Angeles
  70. Red Nations Film Festival
  71. The San Pedro International Film Festival
  72. Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  73. Santa Catalina Film Festival
  74. The Scandinavian Film Festival LA
  75. Screamfest LA
  76. SoCal Film Festival
  77. The South East European Film Festival
  78. Southern California Business Film Festival
  79. Sundance Next Fest
  80. Sunset Film Festival
  81. Topanga Film Festival
  82. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Film Festival
  83. United Film Festival Los Angeles
  84. Valley Film Festival
  85. Vampire Film Festival – LA
  86. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  87. 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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