SHORT CIRCUIT: Spotlight – 53 Upcoming L.A. Film Festivals

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Hollywood is the land of dreams for screenwriters, directors, producers and everyone involved (or wanting to be involved) in filmmaking. And film festivals are where those dreams can be turned into reality.

It’s no secret that if you want to get noticed as a writer/director/producer of short films, there’s no better place for it than L.A. Studios are always hungry for new talent.

Award winning writer/director/producer Dawn Fields sat down recently to identify 53 upcoming film festivals that are based in the L.A. area.

Here are those venues for the rest of this year. (Note: No guarantee is provided as to the accuracy of this information or links.)

 

June 20 LA Int Underground FF. Early Deadline is April 3, 2015. Late: May 8, 2015. Final: May 15, 2015. Notification: June 8, 2015. Fee: 55/60

July 1 LA Cinema Fest of Hollywood. Early Deadline is  May 15, 2015. Late: May 29, 2015. Final: June 12, 2015. Notification: June 22, 2015. Fee: 40/45/50

July 5 Magwill Film Festival. Early Deadline is –. Late: –. Final: May 27, 2015. Fee: 30/35

July 7 Best Shorts Competition. Early Deadline is May 22, 2015. Late: June 5, 2015. Final: June 19, 2015. Notification: July 6, 2015. Fee: 40/45/50

July 7 iCannes Film FestivalEarly. Deadline is October 18, 2015. Late: May 22, 2015. Final: June 22, 2015. Notification: June 25, 2015. Fee: 35/35

July 9 Outfest. Early Deadline is March 9, 2015. Late: March 16, 2015. Final: March 24, 2015. Notification: May 31, 2015. Fee: 30/40/50

July 17 California Women’s Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 15, 2015. Late: June 12, 2015. Final: June 16, 2015. Notification: July 3, 2015. Fee: 45/50/55/60

July 18 LA Spotlight Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 12, 2015. Late: June 2, 2015. Final: June 23, 2015. Notification: July 3, 2015. Fee: 50/75/85

July 20 Los Angeles Urban Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 31, 2015. Late: May 31, 2015. Final: June 30, 2015. Notification: July 4, 2015. Fee: 20/25

July 22 Downtown LA Film Festival. Early Deadline is April 30, 2015. Late: May 15, 2015. Final: May 31, 2015. Notification: June 14, 2015. Fee: 50/60

July 30 Topganga Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 1, 2015. Late: March 1, 2015. Final: April 1, 2015. Notification: May 15, 2015. Fee: ?

Aug 4 Shortlist Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 16, 2015. Late: May 4, 2015. Final: June 5, 2015. Notification: July 10, 2015. Fee: 60

Aug 11 Las Vegas. Early Deadline is April 30, 2015. Late: June 11, 2015. Final: June 25, 2015. Notification: July 9, 2015. Fee: 44/55

Aug 13 Hollyshorts. Early Deadline is April 10, 2015. Late: May 22, 2015. Final: June 5, 2015. Notification: July 10, 2015. Fee: 65/80

Aug 14 Malibu Intl Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 18, 2015. Late: May 14, 2015. Final: June 17, 2015. Notification: July 6, 2015. Fee: 55/75

Aug 15 All Things Hollywood. Early Deadline is October 15, 2015. Late: December 31, 2015. Final: July 1, 2015. Notification: August 7, 2015. Fee: 35

Aug 22 LA Art House Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 12, 2015. Late: June 23, 2015. Final: July 28, 2015. Notification: August 7, 2015. Fee: 30/40/50/70/85

Aug 24 Los Angeles Lift Off. Early Deadline is June 1, 2015. Late: July 1, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: August 15, 2015. Fee: 45/48/50/65

Aug 26 LA SAG Foundation Showcase. Early Deadline is May 11, 2015. Late: June 8, 2015. Final: July 20, 2015. Fee: closed

Sept 2 Long Beach Int Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 31, 2015. Late: July 1, 2015. Final: July 15, 2015. Notification: August 1, 2015. Fee: 25/35/50

Sept 3 LA Intl Short Film Festival. Early Deadline is June 5, 2015. Late: July 3, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: August 6, 2015. Fee: 58/68/78

Sept 5 LA Thriller Film Fest. Early Deadline is May 26, 2015. Late: June 16, 2015. Final: August 11, 2015. Notification: August 21, 2015. Fee: 30/40/50/70/85

Sept 9 Burbank Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 28, 2015. Late: April 30, 2015. Final: May 31, 2015. Notification: June 30, 2015. Fee: 80

Sept 10 LA Indie Film Festival. Early Deadline is April 17, 2015. Late: May 15, 2015. Final: July 10, 2015. Notification: August 3, 2015. Fee: 50/60/80

Sept 10 Awareness Festival. Early Deadline is    April 1, 2015. Late: June 5, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: August 10, 2015. Fee: 45/55

Sept 10 Long Beach Qfilm Festival. Early Deadline is June 7, 2015. Late: June 7, 2015. Final: June 7, 2015. Notification: August 3, 2015. Fee: 20

Sept 19 Hollywood Weekly Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 15, 2015. Late: June 1, 2015. Final: July 1, 2015. Notification: July 15, 2015 . Fee: 75/95/125

Sept 24 Catalina Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 7, 2015. Late: May 28, 2015. Final: June 11, 2015. Notification: August 14, 2015. Fee: 45/50/55

Sept 24 Broad Humor Festival. Early Deadline is May 29, 2015. Late: June 30, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: August 21, 2015. Fee: 40/50/55

Sept 25 Glendale Intl FF. Early Deadline is June 1, 2015. Late: July 7, 2015. Final: August 1, 2015. Notification: August 16, 2015. Fee: 40/45/50

Sept 25 Lady Filmmakers. Early Deadline is May 6, 2015. Late: May 31, 2015. Final: July 20, 2015. Notification: August 30, 2015. Fee: 35/free/free?

Oct 1 Maverick Movie Awards. Early Deadline is May 1, 2015. Late: July 3, 2015. Final: August 14, 2015. Notification: September 1, 2015. Fee: 28/38/50

Oct 1 Shriekfest Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 1, 2015. Late: May 1, 2015    . Final: July 1, 2015. Notification: September 4, 2015. Fee: 40/50

Oct 2 Sunscreen FF West. Early Deadline is May 6, 2015. Late: June 1, 2015. Final: August 8, 2015. Notification: August 15, 2015. Fee: 30/35/40/50

Oct 2 SaMo Indie. Early Deadline is April 15, 2015. Late: May 15, 2015. Final: July 1, 2015. Notification: September 1, 2015. Fee: 50/60

Oct 8 New Urbanism Film Fest. Early Deadline is March 31, 2015. Late: June 30, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: September 11, 2015. Fee: 15-55

Oct 9 Other Venice Film Fest. Early Deadline is March 15, 2015. Late: August 15, 2015. Final: August 28, 2015. Notification: September 1, 2015. Fee: 55/60

Oct 10 Sistas Are Doin’ For Themselves. Early Deadline is   March 11, 2015. Late: August 1, 2015. Final: September 10, 2015. Notification: September 10, 2015. Fee: Free

Oct 13 Screamfest. Early Deadline is July 15, 2015. Late: August 1, 2015. Final: August 8, 2015. Notification: September 15, 2015. Fee: 42/52/57

Oct 15 La Femme International Film Festival. Early Deadline is     May 16, 2015. Late: July 16, 2015. Final: August 29, 2015. Notification: September 12, 2015. Fee: 35/45/50/70/90

Oct 16 Hollywood Film Festival. Early Deadline is April 20, 2015. Late: May 30, 2015. Final: June 30, 2015. Notification: September 1, 2015. Fee: 75/85

Oct 16 Auteur Int Film Festival. Early Deadline is     March 25, 2015. Late: May 10, 2015. Final: May 27, 2015. Notification: June 5, 2015. Fee: 38/39

Oct 21 The Valley Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 1, 2015. Late: May 10, 2015. Final: August 15, 2015. Notification: September 30, 2015. Fee: 25/50/75/100

Oct 30 RIP Horror Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 28, 2015. Late: May 30, 2015. Final: August 15, 2015. Notification: September 19, 2015. Fee: 40/60/80

Nov 5 AFI Festt. Early Deadline is May 1, 2015. Late: July 24, 2015. Final: October 9, 2015     Fee: 35/55

Nov 6 Bent-Cont. Early Deadline is July 1, 2015. Late: September 1, 2015. Final: October 16, 2015. Notification: November 1, 2015. Fee: 25/50/75/100

Nov 8 New Film Fest-LA. Early Deadline is June 16, 2015. Late: August 12, 2015. Final: September 6, 2015. Notification: October 1, 2015. Fee: 20/25/30/35

Nov 10 LA Comedy Festival. Early Deadline is June 12, 2015. Late: August 21, 2015. Final: September 18, 2015. Notification: October 13, 2015. Fee: 40/50/60/70/80

Nov 15 Shockfest Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 15, 2015. Late: July 15, 2015. Final: September 16, 2015. Notification: November 30, 2015. Fee: 60/65/70/75/85

Dec 1 International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts. Early Deadline is June 30, 2015. Late: September 1, 2015. Final: September 15, 2015. Notification: December 1, 2015. Fee: 10/15/20

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