Los Angeles International Film Festival - November 16-21 2021, online via Eventive.

Welcome to LAIFF!

The Los Angeles International Film Festival returns in 2021 and it will be a hotspot for showcasing innovative cinema and new trends in indie filmmaking. This year’s LAIFF looks forward to screening a broad range of genres by international directors, and bringing the best of fresh filmmaking to film-loving LA audiences.

The Los Angeles International Film Festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. Recognizing the important role independent films have in the history of filmmaking, storytelling, and culture, LAIFF wants to help empower the next generation of artists. The Los Angeles International Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent films with an edge.


The LA International Film Festival has announced its 2021 award-winning films! Watch on YouTube or see the full list below.

Festival Director Natasha Marburger has been featured in SHOUTOUT LA! Check out the article here: https://shoutoutla.com/meet-natasha-marburger-festival-director-of-the-los-angeles-international-film-festival-laiff/


The Official Selection for LAIFF 2021 is below! 

The full list of the LAIFF 2021 Official Selection is as follows:
A Quark's Looking Glass by Adam Loxley
A Summers Day at Sherwood Park by Conor Forrest
A walk in the forest by Johanne Chagnon
Blue by Kyle Lawrence
BomPaPa by Annika Maria Udo Winther
Dinner? by Nick Blair
Disoriented Guide by Diego Mejia Lartilleux & Carolina Mejía Lartilleux
Dreams from the Edge by Ericka Nicole Malone
Embers by Tom Ganley
Evie by Alex von Hofmann
Fadi Awad - To Glory Land by Fadi Awad
Finding Tyler by Chris Brannan, Diana Reichenbach
Good Night by David Vincent Smith
I am Normal by Olia Oparina
If Birds Fly by Jack Pullman
Jump Seat by Aaron Colborn
Jupiter & Saturn by Diego Fuentes
Kiri and Lou: "Shine Your Light" by Harry Sinclair
Love, Sarah by Laura Nordin
Lunatic by Sohyun An
Madhur's Phulkari by Jagdeep Raina
Mars Zone by Anastasia Arsan
Mylk by Ben Prendergast & Ngaire Dawn Fair
Oh Lahore by Jagdeep Raina
Plunge by Lee Steenbergen
Rare Enough by Ryan Lovell
Shadowed by Juliette Hagopian
Silicone Wave by Jeff Hilliard
Spell It Out in Neon by Tammy Minoff
Stronger by Clark MacLeod
Stud by Rane Jameson
The Beginning and End of Everything by Catherine Collins
The Doors by Caroline Mackintosh
The O Show by Sharad Khare
True Love by raymond edwards
Unwed Mothers by Xu Shuo
Vaka by Kelly Moneymaker
Your Lucky Money by Alexander Nguyen

A Will To Dream by Patrick Alcedo
Amazon Queen by Marlin Darrah
Between Forever by Scooter John Powell
Dark Cloud by Jay Ness
Dead Body by Andy Rossi
Disturbed Heart by Philippe Cormier
Dream Big -- A Golden Time In The Golden State by Marc A Martinez
I'm An Electric Lampshade by John Clayton Doyle
Precarious by Weston Terray
Red Shoes by Isabella Weiss
Shanghai Story by Andrej Iliev
The Long Isolation by Deb Lacusta & Dan Castellaneta
The Revolution Generation (working title) by Josh Tickell & Rebecca Tickell

Programme & Tickets

This year’s LAIFF will be virtual via Eventive. All films will be available for the entire festival period 16-21 November 2021. Our landing page on Eventive is

Tickets for the features and shorts blocks are also listed below. Each ticket costs $10 per feature or shorts block. Features will all be accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmaker(s). 

Online event on Zoom to meet and greet each other and celebrate indie filmmaking! All creatives are welcome to join the celebration of indie filmmaking!

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84443350717?pwd=K0o5Z1l6VGdyNEF2ZFJmajExYmQvdz09

Put on your black tie glam and join us on Instagram! If you tag @losangelesiff between 6-7pm PST on Instagram, we will share your photo feed or story.

Time to announce the award-winning films of LAIFF 2021. An online event on Zoom to celebrate!

Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81765563730?pwd=eUx0Y1RSU0NTWVBGN08wQUhCQXkrQT09

A former ballet star in the Philippines, Luther Perez surrendered his US Green Card to teach dance to underprivileged children and youth in urban poor districts in Quezon City. He wanted to continue the heroic work started by his close friend, Eddie Elejar, and late domestic partner, Tony Fabella, of empowering the marginalized through ballet. Filmed over five years, A WILL TO DREAM touches on issues of teenage pregnancy, illegal drugs, precarity of labour, and inconsistent governmental support in poverty alleviation. It movingly illustrates how dance when partnered with altruistic teaching has the power to possibly overcome these socio-economic inequities and political challenges.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/6170596025baf8007076e6ec

A dream vacation of a lifetime quickly turns into a hijacking, endangering passengers and crew, on a boat journey down the Amazon River and into the Brazilian rainforest. Desperate criminals storm aboard, pursuing a lost fortune in the jungle. Now under threat, and with food and fuel running low, the once idealistic tourists - now hostages - must use all their ingenuity as their Amazon cruise becomes a descent into a desperate struggle for survival.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/617059c694b2f70053704cfa

This is a day in the lives of two completely different people. One is steady empowered woman -April that works for the EPA and married to the right person for everyone else but herself. By total accident she meets the complete opposite to her estranged husband, Marlon a cook that has too many mishaps in his life. He too is at the crossroads to choose how to straighten his life. Their serendipitous meeting not only changes their outlook on life but alters their future and what happens between forever.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705a3184a52500b6a66351

Following the aftermath of a horrific accident, Chloe wants to get her old life back. She volunteers to try a new rehabilitation process, using artificial intelligence. The AI, known as AIDA, will do anything to keep Chloe safe. After all, this is her new home...

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705ae56cc8a50045eb980d

Two lifelong friends must come together to dispose of a dead body. Criminal high-jinks ensue.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705c566731ff0094bced2c

Bénédicte, a thirty-year-old woman with unstable mental health, sinks into a deep psychosis after getting killed in a hold up.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705ba5d394dd005bd9c6db

A look back at the history of Gold's Gym in Venice and Santa Monica, and how the surrounding culture of 1970's Venice and Santa Monica, was the seedbed for a movement that would change the world.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705cdb94b2f7005370504f

I’M AN ELECTRIC LAMPSHADE is an offbeat, heart-warming portrait of the world’s least likely rock star. This documentary-narrative hybrid feature tells the story of Doug McCorkle, a buttoned-up, mild-mannered corporate accountant. After retiring at age 60, Doug puts his marriage and life savings on the line to chase his wildest dream.

Shot in the United States, Mexico and the Philippines, I’M AN ELECTRIC LAMPSHADE features a strong supporting cast of undiscovered talent from across the globe - all chasing the same dream as Doug. Like Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the cast is a menagerie of real people portraying versions of themselves, bringing an authenticity to the film that would be impossible to fake. The result is a mind-bending musical odyssey in the tradition of Stop Making Sense and Searching For Sugar Man.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705d8f81f52600615d51ab

A young man searches for a cursed fortune in an inescapable 1960s dreamscape. A hand-built film that recalls an era of fantasy not reliant on digital effects.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705e11392cd40037f4704c

RED SHOES tells the story of the activist Daniela Falanga, born Raffaele, first son of a Neapolitan Mafia boss. Her father is currently serving a life sentence in Rome for multiple homicides. Daniela's journey to become who she is now has been a struggle, against his criminal family and a sexist society. She is now the first trans woman to be President of Arcigay Naples and fights for LGBT rights. She has a boyfriend who is a transgender boy, Ilario, and they want to have a baby of their own.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705eb494b2f7005370521a

A failed product copywriter with an alcohol dependency crosses paths with a mysterious stranger on a personal mission and together they embark on an unforgettable adventure across neon-lit Shanghai. During their journey they learn about each other, themselves and discover how to see the city and life with new eyes. A deeply personal story about love, life, loss and the importance of human connection in today’s fast-paced world, Shanghai Story follows two characters who are seemingly different to each other but connect over a personal trauma and find a way to move forward in a far-away land.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705f50aa4d8300bea73496

1940s Los Angeles. A place where the sun shines too bright, the rain falls too hard, and Jewish detective and caterer Marlowe Phillips gets more than he bargained for as he sets out to solve the case of the missing Fishfeld – coming up against femme fatales, the Polish Mob, murder, and his own demons. He finds himself battling feelings of being trapped and isolated – from his past in a German POW camp to an impending marriage to his long-suffering secretary. When classic noir collides with the remote technology and green screen of these socially-distanced times, the result is this deadpan homage to “Lady in the Lake” -- all shot from the Detective’s POV. And all shot during the worst days of the pandemic -- with each actor isolated -- yet pushing the boundaries of zoom, editing, art direction, and comedy, to create a seamless noir that could only be made in these Covid times.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61706036392cd40037f47266

Narrated and starring Michelle Rodriguez (Lost, Avatar, The Fast and Furious), THE REVOLUTION GENERATION is a manifesto for today's youth on the societal forces that have shaped and held back their generation, and how they can deploy their unique strengths to revolutionize the political system. Today half of the people on planet Earth are under the age of 40 - this is more people than were alive in 1950. Theirs is the most connected, educated and technologically savvy generation ever. Yet the hardships they face threaten to culminate in a perfect storm of economic, political and environmental crisis. This documentary explores the sweeping changes that lead to the world that young people are inheriting and paints a picture of how this generation is awakening to confront both the US political crisis and the global environmental crisis.

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/617060c174c2a9004c8713ea

  1. Silicone Wave by Jeff Hilliard
  2. Rare Enough by Ryan Lovell
  3. Spell It Out in Neon by Tammy Minoff
  4. The O Show by Sharad Khare
  5. I am Normal by Olia Oparina

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61704e09371e1e00378b4dae

  1. Stronger by Clark MacLeod
  2. Lunatic by Sohyun An
  3. Plunge by Lee Steenbergen
  4. Finding Tyler by Chris Brannan & Diana Reichenbach
  5. Your Lucky Money by Alexander Nguyen

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/617053312815710030a6ef93

  1. Oh Lahore by Jagdeep Raina
  2. Shadowed by Juliette Hagopian
  3. The Beginning and End of Everything by Catherine Collins
  4. Disoriented Guide by Diego Mejia Lartilleux & Carolina Mejía Lartilleux
  5. Vaka by Kelly Moneymaker

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/617054a774c2a9004c86fe65

  1. Dinner? by Nick Blair
  2. Mars Zone by Anastasia Arsan
  3. Jupiter & Saturn by Diego Fuentes
  4. Embers by Tom Ganley
  5. Jump Seat by Aaron Colborn

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/61705530d394dd005bd9bebe

  1. Kiri and Lou: "Shine Your Light" by Harry Sinclair
  2. Blue by Kyle Lawrence
  3. Dreams from the Edge by Ericka Nicole Malone
  4. Evie by Alex von Hofmann
  5. Stud by Rane Jameson

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/617056166731ff0094bce57f

  1. Madhur's Phulkari by Jagdeep Raina
  2. The Doors by Caroline Mackintosh
  3. A Summers Day at Sherwood Park by Conor Forrest
  4. Mylk by Ben Prendergast & Ngaire Dawn Fair
  5. Unwed Mothers by Xu Shuo

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/6170573c84a52500b6a6603f

  1. Fadi Awad - To Glory Land by Fadi Awad
  2. If Birds Fly by Jack Pullman
  3. A Quark's Looking Glass by Adam Loxley
  4. BomPaPa by Annika Maria Udo Winther

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/617057e57960db003edbb714

  1. A Walk in the Forest by Johanne Chagnon
  2. Good Night by David Vincent Smith
  3. Love, Sarah by Laura Nordin
  4. True Love by Raymond Edwards

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/la/play/6170586c94b2f70053704b4e

Past Reviews

Past Guests


The Los Angeles International Film Festival accepts indie films in all forms and genres: drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, etc.

NOTE: all film submissions are preferred via Film Freeway.

Opening Date
April 15, 2021

Earlybird Deadline
May 26, 2021

Regular Deadline
August 5, 2021

Late Deadline
August 31, 2021

Extended Deadline
September 20, 2021

Notification Date
November 2 – 7, 2021

Event Date
November 17, 2020

Feature Films

$75 Early
$80 Regular
$85 Late

Short Films

$45 Early
$50 Regular
$55 Late

Music videos & short shorts

$30 Early
$35 Regular
$40 Late

Feature scripts

$45 Early
$50 Regular
$55 Late

Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit and photos to info@laiff.org

All submissions must be received electronically, we do not accept DVD’s in the post.

The Los Angeles International Film Festival is open to USA and International films in each of the following categories:


Feature Film (budget under $1m USD)

Micro-budget Feature (budget under $250k USD)

No-Budget Feature (budget under $25k USD)

Documentary Feature

Short Film

Short Documentary

Animated Short

Experimental Short

Horror / Sci-Fi Short

Short Short (under 5 minutes)

Music Video

Screenplay Award categories:

Feature Screenplay

Comedy Screenplay

Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay


Short Film (jury award) — I Am Normal by Olia Oparina

Short Film (audience award) — Dreams from the Edge by Ericka Nicole Malone

Short Documentary — Rare Enough by Ryan Lovell

Music Video — Silicone Wave by Jeff Hilliard

Action/Thriller Short — Shadowed by Juliette Hagopian

Sci-Fi Short — Evie by Alex von Hofmann

Experimental Short — Lunatic by Sohyun An

Animated Short — Kiri and Lou: “Shine Your Light” by Harry Sinclair

Best Screenplay — Dancing With Plato by Nahyr Galaz Ruiz

Best Low-budget Feature – I’m An Electric Lampshade by John Clayton Doyle

Best Micro-budget Feature – Dark Cloud by Jay Ness

Best No-budget Feature – Dead Body by Andy Rossi

Best Documentary Feature – The Revolution Generation by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell

Best Feature (Audience Award) – Dead Body by Andy Rossi

No-Budget Feature — Hometown Proud by Naida Osline & Tyler Stallings
Micro-budget Feature — Marcus by J.R. Poli
Low-budget Feature — The Reunited States by Ben Rekhi
Documentary Feature — The Green Wave by Guido Verweyen
Best Feature (Audience Award) — The Crickets Dance by Veronica Robledo

Short Film (jury award) — The Boy’s Gone by Sarah Polhaus
Short Film (audience award) — Bad Suns by Kevin Ryan
Short Documentary — Legacy by Margo Weathers
Music Video — I Rise by Marla Antinoro
Horror Short — Eleanor by Chris Dawson
Sci-Fi Short — Proxy by Sophia Banks
Experimental Short — Fina’s Children by Valerie Dalena
Animated Short — Rude Sleeping Beauty by Paul Baker

Comedy Screenplay — Meeting Duran Duran by Bridgette Yaxley
Horror/Sci-Fi Screenplay — Dream No More by Ery De Jong
Feature Screenplay — The Weird Sisters by Brent Bishop





Sister Festival

London Independent Film Festival