Film (Festival) Capitol of the World

Now over 110 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 September, 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. Catalina Film Festival
  15. Chicano LA International Film Festival
  16. Cinecon Classic Film Festival
  17. Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival
  18. City of Lights/City of Angels
  19. Czech That Film
  20. Dance Camera West
  21. Dances with Film
  22. Docuday
  23. Downtown Film Festival LA
  24. Feel Good Film Festival
  25. Female Eye Film Festival
  26. Fine Arts Film Festival
  27. FirstGlance Hollywood Film Fest
  28. Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival
  29. The German Currents Film Festival
  30. The GI Film Festival 
  31. Going Green Film Fest
  32. H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
  33. Hola Mexico Film Festival
  34. The Hollyshorts Film Festival
  35. Hollywood Black Film Festival
  36. Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival
  37. The Hollywood Film Festival
  38. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
  39. Indian Film Festival Los Angeles
  40. International Family Film Festival
  41. International Student Film Festival Hollywood
  42. Israel Film Festival LA
  43. Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
  44. Joshua Tree International Film Festival
  45. Justice on Trial Film Festival
  46. Kickstarter Film Festival
  47. Lake Arrowhead Film Fesitval
  48. Latino International Film Festival
  49. Long Beach International Film Festival
  50. Look East: Korean Film Festival
  51. L.A. Festival of Forbidden Cinema and Unabashedly Racist Animation
  52. LA 3D Film Festival
  53. La Femme International Film Festival
  54. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  55. LA Brazilian Film Festival
  56. The LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival
  57. LA Film + Music Weekend
  58. LA Feline Film Festival
  59. Los Angeles Film Festival
  60. Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
  61. LA Greek Film Festival
  62. LA Harbor International Film Festival
  63. Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival
  64. LA Irish Film Festival
  65. Los Angeles Italia Film Festival
  66. LA Jewish Film Festival
  67. Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
  68. Los Angeles Punk Film Festival
  69. LA Shorts Fest
  70. The LA Turkish Film Festival
  71. The LA United Film Festival
  72. The Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
  73. Malibu International Film Festival
  74. Marina Del Rey Film Festival
  75. My Hero Film Festival
  76. Newport Beach Film Festival
  77. The Nihilist Film Festival
  78. No-Budget Film Festival
  79. Noir City: The Annual Noir Film Festival
  80. Noor Iranian Film Festival
  81. Old Pasadena Film Fest
  82. Other Venice Film Festival
  83. Outfest
  84. Palm Springs International Film Festival
  85. Pan African Film Festival
  86. Pasadena International Film Festival
  87. Polish Film Festival Los Angeles
  88. Real Experimental Film Festival
  89. Red Nations Film Festival
  90. ReelAbilities Film Festival/Los Angeles
  91. The San Pedro International Film Festival
  92. Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  93. Santa Catalina Film Festival
  94. The Scandinavian Film Festival LA
  95. Screamfest LA
  96. Shriekfest
  97. SoCal Film Festival
  98. The South East European Film Festival
  99. Southern California Business Film Festival
  100. Sundance Next Fest
  101. Sunset Film Festival
  102. TCM Classic Fim Festival
  103. Topanga Film Festival
  104. Transnation Festival
  105. UCLA Festival of Preservation
  106. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Film Festival
  107. United Film Festival Los Angeles
  108. Valley Film Festival
  109. Vampire Film Festival – LA
  110. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  111. Zed Fest: Film Festival & Screenplay Competition