Film Festivals

Sedona Independent Film Festival

February 19-27th, 2022

The Sedona International Film Festival is an annual, eight-day film festival in Sedona, Arizona. The festival was founded in 1994. The Sedona Film Festival screens feature films, documentary films, short films, animated films, and student films.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

February 16th-27th, 2022

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is a cinematic exploration of Jewish experience — Jewish culture and history, life in Israel, and the work of Jewish artists — particularly where these stories intersect with other communities both here in Atlanta and around the world. Seeking to use the power of film to both entertain and educate, AJFF challenges conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing the Jewish and global communities.

Golden State Film Festival

February 24th-March 4th, 2022

The Golden State Film Festival is intended to serve as an opportunity for emerging independent filmmakers to showcase their talents. It is a competitive event, with exhibitors and prize winners enjoying fantastic exposure before a large audience of enthusiastic film aficionados and high-level industry decision-makers. Filmmakers from across the United States and around the world are eligible to participate, and short-form as well as feature-length works are being considered for entry.

Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA)

March 2nd, 2022

Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA) is a monthly film and screenplay competition for filmmakers worldwide. LAFA is one of the highest-rated festivals on FilmFreeway, with over 500 five-star reviews. Our mission is to promote films, and be another step up in the filmmakers’ careers. Every month, our jury will award the best films through private screenings, and make a special interview with the winner of the Best Picture award. Some of the monthly winners will earn a nomination at the 7th annual LAFA 2022.

Durango Film Festival

March 2nd-6th, 2022

The Durango Film Festival strive to showcase all genres of independent film for you and our community. The Durango Film Festival’s goal is to connect their community with independent filmmakers, engaging the audience in a unique viewing and interactive experience. Bringing the Four Corners Film Office into their organization reinforces their commitment to filmmakers to share their art with the community and to encourage them to film in their geologically diverse landscape. Direct networking opportunities are abundant during their five day festival, helping to create strong brand awareness.

Film Independent Spirit Awards

March 6th, 2022

Each year, the Spirit Awards brings together top talent from throughout the world of film and television. In addition to traditional categories such as Best Feature and Best Director, the Spirit Awards features a number of unique honors such as Best First Screenplay and the John Cassavetes Award (best feature under $500,000). Last year, the show introduced five new categories honoring outstanding TV storytelling and performances.

Las Vegas Film Festival

March 23rd, 2022

VIFF is an international contest which presents a carefully curated program with international films, narrative, documentary, and short films from established and emerging filmmakers.. Our community is passionate about film, and VIFF always strives to create a relaxed environment where filmmakers and audiences can truly connect. VIFF celebrates the best that cinema has to offer. Showcasing films from established masters and emerging storytellers, the Festival welcomes films from around the world. Offering an impressive selection of competitive and non-competitive programming. As one of the main cultural importers of world cinema to the Midwest, Vegas Independent Film Festival is a place for audiences and filmmakers to engage with one another.

Garden State Film Festival

March 23rd-27th, 2022

The artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. It was also created to pay tribute to New Jersey’s legacy as the birthplace of the American filmmaking industry in Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratories where he invented the first film cameras and projectors, to Fort Lee, where the original studios were founded. Our event provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in careers in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere conducive to learning and mentoring. 

Cleveland International Film Festival

March 30th-April 9th, 2022

The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. The Cleveland International Film Festival is a leader in helping the world discover the power of the film arts to educate, entertain, and celebrate an inclusive human experience.

Boston Independent Film Festival

April 27th-May 4th, 2022

Named Boston’s Best Film Festival by Boston Magazine in 2016 and 2017, IFFBoston (Independent Film Festival Boston) will be celebrating our 18th year with our 2020 event. IFFBoston has steadily become the premiere festival in New England and developed a noted national reputation for its quality as a regional festival.

Named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Moviemaker Magazine

JFilm Festival

April 28th, 2022

The JFilm Festival runs both in person and online. The festival will showcase 18 Jewish-themed, independent feature films from around the world. There will also be exclusive virtual Film Schmooze discussion and you’ll have a change to vote on your favorite film. The The festival will screen three films in person, including the Pittsburgh premiere of the locally filmed Cha Cha Real Smooth and the world premiere of Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life, along with 15 films screening virtually. For more information, visit

FirstGlance Film Festival

May 12th-15th, 2022

Applauded by filmmakers and attendees as one of the best programmed festivals, FirstGlance accepts all genres and shows an amazing mix of shorts, web series and feature length films, the best indie films on the festival circuit.  Audiences vote for “Best of the Fest” and are invited to come mix and mingle with filmmakers, cast and crew at great after parties. FirstGlance Film Fests brings indie filmmakers and audiences together all year long too! With our short online contests, and our “Show Us Ur Shorts” mixers and screenings, FirstGlance Film Festivals works to get filmmakers the attention they deserve. Our hashtag #SupportIndieFilm is used on all social media platforms and reaches millions of users, EVERYDAY!

Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

June 24th-June 26th, 2022

The Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival is Pittsburgh’s premiere film festival for truly independent films, and a headline event for micro-budget and no-budget films from around the world. PIIF offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements, filmmakers who posses an independent vision and operate to create innovative work outside the studio system.

The IndieFEST Film Awards

August 2nd, 2022

IndieFEST, has been active since 2008, now in it’s 13th year – it discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media. Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers, the IndieFEST is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival. For the veteran filmmaker – IndieFEST serves as a great predictor of future success. Our films have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys, Tellys and more. For the filmmaker establishing or advancing a career – a prestigious IndieFEST win helps promote your film and your future projects.

Toronto Independent Film Festival

September 8th-17th, 2022

The mission of the Toronto Independent Film Festival is to screen the best of low-budget independent film from around the world. The Toronto Indie is a celebration of talented filmmakers working on shoestring budgets. The Toronto Indie runs every September and offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements in a space where all the key players of the film industry have gathered.

LA Indie Film Festival

December 1st-11th, 2022

Toronto Independent Film Festival

The LA Indie Film Festival began in 2007 as the partner festival to the well established LA Comedy Film Festival. Over the years we have had the privilege to work with hundreds of filmmakers who have told wonderfully moving stories.

Austin Lift Off Film Festival

April 2nd-30th, 2022

Austin Lift-Off Film Festival joins the raging and eclectic cultural scene in this bustling capital city of Texas. Celebrating work from the state and far beyond! Lift-Off Global Network has had a lot of success in finding work worthy for the American marketplace, and we are sure that Austin Lift-Off Film Festival is an exceptional gateway for real talent looking for real opportunities that aid in that next step in their careers. Learn more about the Lift-Off Global Network and how we support our filmmakers.