Film (Festival) Capitol of the World

Now 102 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 May, 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. 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. Female Eye Film Festival
  22. Fine Arts Film Festival
  23. FirstGlance Hollywood Film Fest
  24. Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival
  25. The German Currents Film Festival
  26. The GI Film Festival 
  27. Going Green Film Fest
  28. H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
  29. Hola Mexico Film Festival
  30. The Hollyshorts Film Festival
  31. Hollywood Black Film Festival
  32. Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival
  33. The Hollywood Film Festival
  34. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
  35. Indian Film Festival Los Angeles
  36. International Family Film Festival
  37. International Student Film Festival Hollywood
  38. Israel Film Festival LA
  39. Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
  40. Joshua Tree International Film Festival
  41. Justice on Trial Film Festival
  42. Kickstarter Film Festival
  43. Lake Arrowhead Film Fesitval
  44. Latino International Film Festival
  45. Long Beach International Film Festival
  46. Look East: Korean Film Festival
  47. L.A. Festival of Forbidden Cinema and Unabashedly Racist Animation
  48. LA 3D Film Festival
  49. La Femme International Film Festival
  50. The Los Angeles Amazing 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. My Hero Film Festival
  71. Newport Beach Film Festival
  72. The Nihilist Film Festival
  73. No-Budget Film Festival
  74. Noir City: The Annual Noir Film Festival
  75. Noor Iranian Film Festival
  76. Old Pasadena Film Fest
  77. Other Venice Film Festival
  78. Outfest
  79. Palm Springs International Film Festival
  80. Pan African Film Festival
  81. Pasadena International Film Festival
  82. Polish Film Festival Los Angeles
  83. Real Experimental Film Festival
  84. Red Nations Film Festival
  85. The San Pedro International Film Festival
  86. Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  87. Santa Catalina Film Festival
  88. The Scandinavian Film Festival LA
  89. Screamfest LA
  90. SoCal Film Festival
  91. The South East European Film Festival
  92. Southern California Business Film Festival
  93. Sundance Next Fest
  94. Sunset Film Festival
  95. TCM Classic Fim Festival
  96. Topanga Film Festival
  97. UCLA Festival of Preservation
  98. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Film Festival
  99. United Film Festival Los Angeles
  100. Valley Film Festival
  101. Vampire Film Festival – LA
  102. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  103. Zed Fest: Film Festival & Screenplay Competition