UCLAxFilmFest 2023 is Open for Submissions!

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UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies program presents the Eighth Annual UCLA Extension Film Festival, UCLAxFilmFest! The festival is designed to showcase the best short films by current and previous Entertainment Studies students.

UCLAxFilmFest 2023 will take place the weekend of September 8, 9, and 10 and feature a selection of short films, followed by an industry panel and awards ceremony.

  • Deadline for Film Submissions: Sunday, April 16, 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: Monday, May 15, 2023
  • Film Festival Weekend: September 8-10, 2023
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2023 UCLAxFilmFest Rules

Please read the Full Film Festival Rules before submitting your film. 


At a Glance: Submission Requirements & Guidelines

  • You must have taken at least one (1) class with UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies or Screenwriting within the last five (5) years
  • Your film must be 15 minutes or less (including credits)
  • You must be the writer, director, composer, or producer of the film you submit
  • You must include with your submission a jpeg file of your film’s poster. A trailer for your film no longer than 30 seconds is also recommended
  • Your film must have been completed within five (5) years of the festival date
  • All non-English films must have English subtitles
  • We highly recommend your film be 5.1 surround sound encoded
  • Filmmakers may only submit one (1) film
  • We will not accept films that have received distribution in the United States of America prior to the date of the festival

Congratulations to our UCLAxFilmFest 2022 Winners

Best Film: Imelda and Luis
Written, Directed and Produced by Leonel Chee*
Produced by Ale Garcia and Antonio Urdapilleta

Entertainment Studies Award: A Matter of Time
Written & Directed by Yang Liu*
Produced by Yudong Guan & Yang Liu*

Best Unique & Artistic Film: A Sense of Joy
Written, Directed & Produced by Roisin Jones
Composed by John Kelleher*

Best Director: Kate Cobb for Dandelions
Directed & Produced by Kate Cobb*
Written by Kevin Bigley 

Best Composer: John Kelleher for A Sense of Joy
Written, Directed & Produced by Roisin Jones
Composed by John Kelleher*

Audience Choice Award: The Studio Assistant
Written & Directed by Glenn Kimball*
Produced by Katrina Rotondo* & Glenn Kimball*
Scored by Miguel Mariaca*

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