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