Named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 20 Festivals worth the entry fee, the SoCal Independent Film Festival had award winning movies and screenplays; industry speakers; professional workshops; Q&As with directors and actors; special guests; a professional panel of jury members and screeners; volunteer opportunities; and scores of film watching attendees. The goal of the festival was to continually create a truly important event for independent filmmakers and screenwriters.
The SoCal Independent Film Festival targeted the independent spirit of filmmaking, and entries to the festival included a mix of movies from established Hollywood stars and up-and-coming filmmakers.
Every film submitted was reviewed by a professional panel of screeners and jury members (consisting of agents, distributors and producers). Each festival aimed to screen at least 50 independent films with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity during the five-day event, so it was a great platform for these indie creators.
Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, it was hugely beneficial to the SoCal movie scene and we hope to see it return one day!
SoCal Film Festival isn't the only film festival to have stopped running. Middle Coast, Lifetree, Bay Street, SoCal Independent, North x North, Screentest, Minneapolis Underground, Julian Film Fest, San Antonio Independent Christian film festival, and Way Down, have all also ended their festivals.