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The complete list of SoCAL Fest, Awards Nominations have been posted! Congratulations to all the Award Nominees! (Updated 6/05/23)


Awards Nominations are being posted and will be complete by the end of the week. Please check to see if your submission is listed! The Award Winners List will be posted by June 27, 2023. 

(Updated 5/31/23)

All Acceptance Notifications with Laurels & Instructions have been sent! If you haven't received a direct email from us (separate from Filmfreeway), please check your spam/junk folders. Congratulations to our new SoCAL Class of 2023!

(Updated 5/19/23)

2023 Southern California International Film Festival Awards Nominations

2023 Southern California International Film Festival Official Selections



Shine your talents in sunny SoCAL! The Southern California International Film Festival is a part of the GO Independent series of film festivals in the FAME family. Our goal is to give more opportunities for independent filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase and promote their art.


We are producing a full on, live film festival at the Angelika Film Center in San Diego, CA. HOWEVER, we are susceptible to country, state and local laws, which enforce specific, gathering guidelines. To that end, circumstances beyond our control include venue policy and protocol, and insurance limitations.

For the year 2023 and for the foreseeable future, we will be producing both a virtual and live event. Please understand, before submitting, that with little to no notification, we may have to change presentation formats.


Rules & Terms


We are accepting submissions for Feature & Short Narrative Films, Feature length & Short Documentaries, Web/TV Series, Screenplays, Teleplays, Music Videos, Trailers and Art & Design. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.


All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story and skill of the filmmaker or screenwriter. Productions produced from 2013 to June 2023 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. All films must be submitted on DVD (Region 1), Blu-ray or online screener for consideration by our Jury.


All entries must be sent to FAME, LLC. Videos and DVDs submitted will not be returned unless accompanied by SASE. Film and Video maybe also be submitted or shared via links online via YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google, WeTransfer, or similar. Submissions selected for The SoCAL Fest will be announced no later than May 29, 2023.


All presentation materials for The SoCAL Fest must arrive no later than May 15, 2023 (post marked by May 15, 2023). Please notify us by mail or email of any address changes.


LIVE Screenings are dependent on 4 Criteria beyond our control.

1. State/City/Regional Restrictions

2. Venue Policy and Availability

3. Filmmaker Content Submission (by required Deadline)

4. A minimum of 2-3 hours of content submitted by participating filmmakers in DCP format, encoded by 

    the festival. There is a fee for encoding services.


The Southern California International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted, film accepted, video, or project for exhibition at the GO Independent Film Festivals for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that The Southern California International Film Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or The Southern California International Film Festival Event and F.A.M.E. related promotion via print, web, theater and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless The Southern California International Film Festival and F.A.M.E. LLC related entities, it's vendors, sponsors and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The submitter acknowledges that all content submitted is approved, licensed, owned, or otherwise authorized to exploit, under the jurisdiction of standing copyright and trademark law, as determined by regional, county, state, United States, and international law.

*** Please read our DCP Policy on FilmFreeway for screening Live, before submitting any film or video content. Thank you.***

Go Independent Film! GO SoCAL!

Submit here:


Submissions Open: November 24, 2022

Early Bird Deadline: December15, 2022

Regular Deadline: March 16, 2023

Late Deadline: April 20, 2023

Extended Deadline: May15, 2023

Notification: May 29, 2023

Virtual Festival: (6/18 - 6/25, 2023) Sunday

Live Festival: (6/22 - 25, 2023) Sunday

*Due to COVID related events beyond our control, schedules may change with little to no notification. 

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