California Film Awards

Film Submissions

The California Film Awards is currently accepting film and video submissions in all categories, lengths and genres.

The California Film Awards proudly accepts entries via, the world's best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Click to visit our Screenplay Competition Page 

Competition Categories

Feature Film
Short Film
Feature Documentary
Short Documentary
Student Films
Foreign Films
California Films
Animation (short and feature)
Music Videos
Television Pilots
Screenplays (please visit Screenplay Competition page)

Submission Deadlines

Early Deadline - March 5, 2017
Regular Deadline - May 5, 2017
Official Deadline - July 5, 2017 
Late Deadline - September 5, 2017
Extended Deadline - November 5, 2017
Final Deadline - December 5, 2017

Announcement Date: January 5th 2018


Feature film are over 50 minutes.
Shorts films are under 50 minutes.

Early Deadline: Short $20 / Feature $25
Regular Deadline: Short $25 / Feature $30
Official Deadline: Short $30 / Feature $35
Late Deadline: Short $35 / Feature $40
Extended Deadline: Short $40 / Feature $45
Final Deadline: Short $50 / Feature $55

Competition Rules and Conditions

Entrants retain all of their rights, title and interest in their works and intellectual property.

All fiction, documentary, and short films of any form or genre can apply to the California Film Awards. Films should have been completed no earlier than three years prior to the submission date.

Works in progress are accepted.

Students receive a $10 discount. Please include a copy of your student ID.

The entry fee is nonrefundable.

Submission copies will not be returned.

More than one entry may be submitted.

Entrants agree to indemnify and hold us, including our employees, our officers, and our partners and affiliates harmless against all claims arising out of entry or participation in the California Film Awards.

The filmmaker will assume shipping costs of materials to the California Film Awards.

Films produced in languages other than English should have legible English subtitles.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work.

The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.

Awarded films are not screened for the public.  The California Film Awards will announce winners to the public via its official website, through social media, and other online promotional channels.

The California Film Awards may opt, dependent upon the number of entries for a given year, and at its sole discretion, to hold an annual awards ceremony as it has in years past. Attendence to any such ceremony is not mandatory for winning filmmakers and screenwriters.

The California Film Awards reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.

Please do not send press kits or photos. If your film is selected we will contact you to request press materials.

Submission of a film or screenplay to the California Film Awards implies express understanding and acceptance to all competition rules and conditions.