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.


Selection / Programme

The selection for 2021 will be announced shortly.

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


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