Film (Festival) Capitol of the World

Now 106 festivals strong!

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, 2017.

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