Film (Festival) Capitol of the World

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, 2016.

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