SHORT CIRCUIT: Spotlight - 53 Upcoming L.A. Film Festivals

Dan Goforth shares a list of the top L.A.-based film festivals to help your career!
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Hollywood is the land of dreams for screenwriters, directors, producers and everyone involved (or wanting to be involved) in filmmaking. And film festivals are where those dreams can be turned into reality.

It's no secret that if you want to get noticed as a writer/director/producer of short films, there's no better place for it than L.A. Studios are always hungry for new talent.

Award winning writer/director/producer Dawn Fields sat down recently to identify 53 upcoming film festivals that are based in the L.A. area.

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Here are those venues for the rest of this year. (Note: No guarantee is provided as to the accuracy of this information or links.)

June 20LA Int Underground FF. Early Deadline is April 3, 2015. Late: May 8, 2015. Final: May 15, 2015. Notification: June 8, 2015. Fee: 55/60

July 1LA Cinema Fest of Hollywood. Early Deadline is May 15, 2015. Late: May 29, 2015. Final: June 12, 2015. Notification: June 22, 2015. Fee: 40/45/50

July 5Magwill Film Festival. Early Deadline is --. Late: --. Final: May 27, 2015. Fee: 30/35

July 7Best Shorts Competition. Early Deadline is May 22, 2015. Late: June 5, 2015. Final: June 19, 2015. Notification: July 6, 2015. Fee: 40/45/50

July 7iCannes Film Festival. Early. Deadline is October 18, 2015. Late: May 22, 2015. Final: June 22, 2015. Notification: June 25, 2015. Fee: 35/35

July 9Outfest. Early Deadline is March 9, 2015. Late: March 16, 2015. Final: March 24, 2015. Notification: May 31, 2015. Fee: 30/40/50

July 17California Women's Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 15, 2015. Late: June 12, 2015. Final: June 16, 2015. Notification: July 3, 2015. Fee: 45/50/55/60

July 18LA Spotlight Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 12, 2015. Late: June 2, 2015. Final: June 23, 2015. Notification: July 3, 2015. Fee: 50/75/85

July 20Los Angeles Urban Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 31, 2015. Late: May 31, 2015. Final: June 30, 2015. Notification: July 4, 2015. Fee: 20/25

July 22Downtown LA Film Festival. Early Deadline is April 30, 2015. Late: May 15, 2015. Final: May 31, 2015. Notification: June 14, 2015. Fee: 50/60

July 30Topganga Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 1, 2015. Late: March 1, 2015. Final: April 1, 2015. Notification: May 15, 2015. Fee: ?

Aug 4Shortlist Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 16, 2015. Late: May 4, 2015. Final: June 5, 2015. Notification: July 10, 2015. Fee: 60

Aug 11Las Vegas. Early Deadline is April 30, 2015. Late: June 11, 2015. Final: June 25, 2015. Notification: July 9, 2015. Fee: 44/55

Aug 13Hollyshorts. Early Deadline is April 10, 2015. Late: May 22, 2015. Final: June 5, 2015. Notification: July 10, 2015. Fee: 65/80

Aug 14Malibu Intl Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 18, 2015. Late: May 14, 2015. Final: June 17, 2015. Notification: July 6, 2015. Fee: 55/75

Aug 15All Things Hollywood. Early Deadline is October 15, 2015. Late: December 31, 2015. Final: July 1, 2015. Notification: August 7, 2015. Fee: 35

Aug 22LA Art House Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 12, 2015. Late: June 23, 2015. Final: July 28, 2015. Notification: August 7, 2015. Fee: 30/40/50/70/85

Aug 24Los Angeles Lift Off. Early Deadline is June 1, 2015. Late: July 1, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: August 15, 2015. Fee: 45/48/50/65

Aug 26LA SAG Foundation Showcase. Early Deadline is May 11, 2015. Late: June 8, 2015. Final: July 20, 2015. Fee: closed

Sept 2Long Beach Int Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 31, 2015. Late: July 1, 2015. Final: July 15, 2015. Notification: August 1, 2015. Fee: 25/35/50

Sept 3LA Intl Short Film Festival. Early Deadline is June 5, 2015. Late: July 3, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: August 6, 2015. Fee: 58/68/78

Sept 5LA Thriller Film Fest. Early Deadline is May 26, 2015. Late: June 16, 2015. Final: August 11, 2015. Notification: August 21, 2015. Fee: 30/40/50/70/85

Sept 9Burbank Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 28, 2015. Late: April 30, 2015. Final: May 31, 2015. Notification: June 30, 2015. Fee: 80

Sept 10LA Indie Film Festival. Early Deadline is April 17, 2015. Late: May 15, 2015. Final: July 10, 2015. Notification: August 3, 2015. Fee: 50/60/80

Sept 10Awareness Festival. Early Deadline is April 1, 2015. Late: June 5, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: August 10, 2015. Fee: 45/55

Sept 10Long Beach Qfilm Festival. Early Deadline is June 7, 2015. Late: June 7, 2015. Final: June 7, 2015. Notification: August 3, 2015. Fee: 20

Sept 19Hollywood Weekly Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 15, 2015. Late: June 1, 2015. Final: July 1, 2015. Notification: July 15, 2015 . Fee: 75/95/125

Sept 24Catalina Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 7, 2015. Late: May 28, 2015. Final: June 11, 2015. Notification: August 14, 2015. Fee: 45/50/55

Sept 24Broad Humor Festival. Early Deadline is May 29, 2015. Late: June 30, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: August 21, 2015. Fee: 40/50/55

Sept 25Glendale Intl FF. Early Deadline is June 1, 2015. Late: July 7, 2015. Final: August 1, 2015. Notification: August 16, 2015. Fee: 40/45/50

Sept 25Lady Filmmakers. Early Deadline is May 6, 2015. Late: May 31, 2015. Final: July 20, 2015. Notification: August 30, 2015. Fee: 35/free/free?

Oct 1Maverick Movie Awards. Early Deadline is May 1, 2015. Late: July 3, 2015. Final: August 14, 2015. Notification: September 1, 2015. Fee: 28/38/50

Oct 1Shriekfest Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 1, 2015. Late: May 1, 2015 . Final: July 1, 2015. Notification: September 4, 2015. Fee: 40/50

Oct 2Sunscreen FF West. Early Deadline is May 6, 2015. Late: June 1, 2015. Final: August 8, 2015. Notification: August 15, 2015. Fee: 30/35/40/50

Oct 2SaMo Indie. Early Deadline is April 15, 2015. Late: May 15, 2015. Final: July 1, 2015. Notification: September 1, 2015. Fee: 50/60

Oct 8New Urbanism Film Fest. Early Deadline is March 31, 2015. Late: June 30, 2015. Final: July 31, 2015. Notification: September 11, 2015. Fee: 15-55

Oct 9Other Venice Film Fest. Early Deadline is March 15, 2015. Late: August 15, 2015. Final: August 28, 2015. Notification: September 1, 2015. Fee: 55/60

Oct 10Sistas Are Doin' For Themselves. Early Deadline is March 11, 2015. Late: August 1, 2015. Final: September 10, 2015. Notification: September 10, 2015. Fee: Free

Oct 13Screamfest. Early Deadline is July 15, 2015. Late: August 1, 2015. Final: August 8, 2015. Notification: September 15, 2015. Fee: 42/52/57

Oct 15La Femme International Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 16, 2015. Late: July 16, 2015. Final: August 29, 2015. Notification: September 12, 2015. Fee: 35/45/50/70/90

Oct 16Hollywood Film Festival. Early Deadline is April 20, 2015. Late: May 30, 2015. Final: June 30, 2015. Notification: September 1, 2015. Fee: 75/85

Oct 16Auteur Int Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 25, 2015. Late: May 10, 2015. Final: May 27, 2015. Notification: June 5, 2015. Fee: 38/39

Oct 21The Valley Film Festival. Early Deadline is February 1, 2015. Late: May 10, 2015. Final: August 15, 2015. Notification: September 30, 2015. Fee: 25/50/75/100

Oct 30RIP Horror Film Festival. Early Deadline is March 28, 2015. Late: May 30, 2015. Final: August 15, 2015. Notification: September 19, 2015. Fee: 40/60/80

Nov 5AFI Festt. Early Deadline is May 1, 2015. Late: July 24, 2015. Final: October 9, 2015 Fee: 35/55

Nov 6Bent-Cont. Early Deadline is July 1, 2015. Late: September 1, 2015. Final: October 16, 2015. Notification: November 1, 2015. Fee: 25/50/75/100

Nov 8New Film Fest-LA. Early Deadline is June 16, 2015. Late: August 12, 2015. Final: September 6, 2015. Notification: October 1, 2015. Fee: 20/25/30/35

Nov 10LA Comedy Festival. Early Deadline is June 12, 2015. Late: August 21, 2015. Final: September 18, 2015. Notification: October 13, 2015. Fee: 40/50/60/70/80

Nov 15Shockfest Film Festival. Early Deadline is May 15, 2015. Late: July 15, 2015. Final: September 16, 2015. Notification: November 30, 2015. Fee: 60/65/70/75/85

Dec 1International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts. Early Deadline is June 30, 2015. Late: September 1, 2015. Final: September 15, 2015. Notification: December 1, 2015. Fee: 10/15/20

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