home 2018-02-05T14:37:51+00:00

Filmmakers on DTLA Film Festival

“The DTLA Film Festival mixes a high-impact, big screen experience with local, personal touch that’s hard to find elsewhere. It’s a festival where you and your film can be “found” in a city where it’s too easy to get lost.” show more

Art Jones, Director, 'Forbidden Cuba'
“DTLA Film Festival was awesome. So great to see my movie on a huge screen at the LA Live Regal Cinemas. The programming of the shorts section was terrific.” show more
Joe Patricia, director, A Meditation

“I had the best time of my life at this amazing festival —  I can’t wait for next year!” show more

Jorge Xolalpa, Jr., director, Blue Line Station
“Had a blast at this festival. My feature film screened there and it was an amazing experience! A definite 5 out of 5 for me!” show more
Russell Emanuel, director, Occupants

Submit Your Film

Submit on Withoutabox


DTLA in the News

Inside This Week’s Hollywood Parties and Events

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, Joel Schulman, Karolyne Sosa and Natalie Riggs attend The Cat That Changed America screening at DTLAFF. Read Full Article

Iran Filmmaker Wins Pioneer Award in LA

The 9th Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival (DTLA), held Sept. 21-30, granted its Female Pioneer Award to Iranian movie director Shiva Sanjari for her documentary

Specialty Box Office Preview

Like Vaxxed, The Pathological Optimist did not go to other high profile festivals but did screen at the DTLA Film Festival starting on Sept. 25.

View All

Festival News

The 10th Annual DTLA Film Festival Announces 2018 Dates

More than 100 films to screen during the 5-day event Oct. 17-21, at Regal L.A. LIVE

Submissions are now open; filmmakers are invited to enter their films of all genres for screening consideration

LOS ANGELES – Dec. 6, 2017 – The organizers of the nonprofit DTLA Film Festival announced today the dates for its 10th anniversary edition, Oct. 17-21, 2018. The five-day event, scheduled for Regal L.A. LIVE and venues throughout downtown Los Angeles, is expected to screen more than 100 films of all genres from around world.

With today’s announcement, the festival’s call for entries has officially begun. Submissions are now open, and filmmakers are invited to register their films of all genres online. Details are available on the festival’s website.

Founded in 2008, DTLA Film Festival has become the single largest single film event in the historic center of Los Angeles. Over the past decade the festival has presented more than a thousand features and shorts, including narrative, documentary, experimental films and most recently, web series.

Last year the festival established a new benchmark, showcasing the Los Angeles premieres of films from leading distributors including The Orchard, Samuel Goldwyn, The Film Arcade and Indie rights, as well as from other leading film festivals including Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca. The festival’s mission is to provide a platform in Los Angeles for truly independent cinema that reflects the unique cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of DTLA and its surrounding communities in the city’s side.

“Over the past 10 years DTLA has become the new creative nexus of the Entertainment Capital of the World, and we’re thrilled to have been a foundational part of its thriving cultural landscape. We take our diversity mission very seriously, and will continue to strive vigorously to reflect this mandate in all aspects of our programming, during this next year and throughout the coming decade,” said festival director Greg Ptacek.

Read Full Press Release

Looking Back…

2017 Sponsors


2017 DTLA Film Festival Filmmakers