Film (Festival) Capitol of the World

Now over 100 festivals..and growing!

Even though the LA Film Festival 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? 

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

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 April, 2018.

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?

  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. Artemis Women In Action Film Festival
  8. Asian World Festival
  9. The Awareness Film, Art and Film Festival 
  10. BelAir Film Festival
  11. Beverly Hills Film Festival
  12. Burbank International Film Festival
  13. Cambodia Town Film Festival
  14. Chicano LA International Film Festival
  15. Cinecon Classic Film Festival
  16. Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival
  17. City of Lights/City of Angels
  18. Czech That Film
  19. Dance Camera West
  20. Dances with Film
  21. Docuday
  22. Downtown Film Festival LA
  23. Feel Good Film Festival
  24. Female Eye Film Festival
  25. Fine Arts Film Festival
  26. FirstGlance Hollywood Film Fest
  27. Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival
  28. The German Currents Film Festival
  29. The GI Film Festival 
  30. Going Green Film Fest
  31. H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
  32. Hola Mexico Film Festival
  33. The Hollyshorts Film Festival
  34. Hollywood Black Film Festival
  35. Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival
  36. The Hollywood Film Festival
  37. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
  38. Indian Film Festival Los Angeles
  39. International Family Film Festival
  40. International Student Film Festival Hollywood
  41. Israel Film Festival LA
  42. Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
  43. Joshua Tree International Film Festival
  44. Justice on Trial Film Festival
  45. Kickstarter Film Festival
  46. Lake Arrowhead Film Fesitval
  47. Latino International Film Festival
  48. Long Beach International Film Festival
  49. Look East: Korean Film Festival
  50. L.A. Festival of Forbidden Cinema and Unabashedly Racist Animation
  51. LA 3D Film Festival
  52. La Femme International Film Festival
  53. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  54. LA Brazilian Film Festival
  55. The LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival
  56. LA Film + Music Weekend
  57. LA Feline Film Festival
  58. Los Angeles Film Festival
  59. Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
  60. LA Greek Film Festival
  61. LA Harbor International Film Festival
  62. Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival
  63. LA Irish Film Festival
  64. Los Angeles Italia Film Festival
  65. LA Jewish Film Festival
  66. Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
  67. Los Angeles Punk Film Festival
  68. LA Shorts Fest
  69. The LA Turkish Film Festival
  70. The LA United Film Festival
  71. The Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
  72. Malibu International Film Festival
  73. Marina Del Rey Film Festival
  74. My Hero Film Festival
  75. Newport Beach Film Festival
  76. The Nihilist Film Festival
  77. No-Budget Film Festival
  78. Noir City: The Annual Noir Film Festival
  79. Noor Iranian Film Festival
  80. Old Pasadena Film Fest
  81. Other Venice Film Festival
  82. Outfest
  83. Palm Springs International Film Festival
  84. Pan African Film Festival
  85. Pasadena International Film Festival
  86. Polish Film Festival Los Angeles
  87. Real Experimental Film Festival
  88. Red Nations Film Festival
  89. The San Pedro International Film Festival
  90. Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  91. Santa Catalina Film Festival
  92. The Scandinavian Film Festival LA
  93. Screamfest LA
  94. Shriekfest
  95. SoCal Film Festival
  96. The South East European Film Festival
  97. Southern California Business Film Festival
  98. Sundance Next Fest
  99. Sunset Film Festival
  100. TCM Classic Fim Festival
  101. Topanga Film Festival
  102. Transnation Festival
  103. UCLA Festival of Preservation
  104. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Film Festival
  105. United Film Festival Los Angeles
  106. Valley Film Festival
  107. Vampire Film Festival – LA
  108. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  109. Zed Fest: Film Festival & Screenplay Competition