Film Festivals and Conferences

Film Conferences

  • WESTDOC - The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference for non-fiction and reality television professionals.

DGA Sponsored Festivals

  • City of Lights/City of Angels - Each April, passionate francophiles reserve time to attend the West Coast's leading showcase for contemporary French films.
  • IFP/Independent Film Week - (formerly IFP Market) brings the international filmmaking community to New York City to celebrate, advocate and introduce new voices on the independent scene.
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival - promotes Asian and Asian Pacific American fictional and documentary cinema.
  • Los Angeles Film Festival - produced by Film Independent, showcasing independent North American feature and short films, documentaries, and music videos.
  • Pan African Film Festival - Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.
  • Outfest - builds bridges among audiences, filmmakers and the entertainment industry through the exhibition of high-quality gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-themed films and videos. 
  • Slamdance Film Festival - showcases films by first-time directors who have made lower budgeted films that do not have domestic distribution.
  • South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference (SXSW) - nine nights largely devoted to independent productions as well as works from established directors as well as a five-day conference on filmmaking and marketing hosted by indie film professionals.
  • Sundance Film Festival - celebrates work at the forefront of independent cinema.
  • Tribeca Film Festival - celebrates New York City as a major filmmaking center with a wide array of special events, panel discussions, and more than 200 U.S. and international feature, documentary, and short films--many in their world premieres.
  • Urbanworld - competitively showcases films about multicultural urban life.

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