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UCLAxFilmFest 2022 will open for submissions on February 4, 2022!

UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies program presents the seventh annual UCLAxFilmFest! The festival is designed to showcase the best short films by our current and previous Entertainment Studies students.

UCLAxFilmFest 2022 will take place on the weekend of September 9 – 11 and celebrate a selection of exceptional short films, feature insightful industry panels, provide networking opportunities, and culminate in an awards ceremony.

Application Deadline for Film Submissions: Sunday, April 17, 2022

Film Festival Date: September 9, 10 & 11, 2022

Submission Requirements & Guidelines:

  • You must have taken at least one (1) class with UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies or Screenwriting within the last five (5) years
  • Your film must be 15 minutes or less (including credits)
  • You must be the writer, director, composer or producer of the film you are submitting
  • You must include with your submission a jpeg file of your film’s poster or a trailer for your film no longer than 30 seconds
  • Your film must have been completed within five (5) years of the festival date
  • All non-English films must have English subtitles
  • We highly recommend your film be 5.1 surround sound encoded
  • Filmmakers may only submit one (1) film
  • We will not accept films that have received distribution in the United States of America prior to the date of the festival
  • Notifications are done via e-mail only

Please read the full 2022 Festival Rules before submitting your film.

Submission Process:

  1. Application Form & Film Submission (due 4/17/22)— Complete the Application Form via FilmFreeway and submit it by 11:59pm on April 17, 2022 (no late applications will be accepted).  You will be required to include with your submission a poster as a jpeg or a downloadable trailer that is no longer than 30 seconds in length.
  2. Filmmaker Application Screening Process— After you have submitted your application via FilmFreeway, our team will review your submission to ensure it meets the eligibility requirements before entering it into the competition.
  3. Acceptance Notifications— If your film is chosen to be screened at the festival, you will be notified via e-mail by May 6, 2022.


To Be Announced


Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Best Film
Best Director
Best Film Score
Audience Choice
Entertainment Studies Award

The winner of each award will receive free enrollment for any one (1) UCLA Extension class in any department. The winner of “Best Film” may use their one (1) free enrollment toward the Independent Study program where the winner will have the opportunity to work on his or her own film projects under the mentorship of a UCLA Extension instructor. The Festival may add additional award categories, to be announced during the submission window.

Congratulations to the winning 2021 films and filmmakers!

Best Film:
All We Know About IAN
Produced by Lance Yijin Lao
Written, Directed & Produced by Danming Niu

Best Director:
Brian A. Pollack for Mixology

Best Cinematography:
Joann Wong for A Poem from YiQing

Best Unique and Artistic Film:
A Poem From YiQing
Written, Directed & Produced by Rong Yan

Entertainment Studies Award:
Run Free
Co-Written, Directed, and Produced by Brandon Ravet
Co-Written by Phredley Brown
Produced by Caity Ware & Cameron Freeman

Best Film Made Under COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions:
Stranger in the Closet
Written, Directed & Produced by Robert Dill

Audience Choice Award:
Written & Directed by Shriya Rana

Thank you to our UCLAxFilmFest Prize sponsors for 2021. In 2021, Final Draft awarded all seven winners with the latest Final Draft Screenwriting Software. Our sponsor, Chemical Wedding awarded their film director’s viewfinder app, Artemis Pro, and their cinematographer’s light simulation/sun tracking app, Helios Pro to all winners. Fox Entertainment sent all seven winners a 4K Drone Camera and provided one winner per award with the opportunity to participate in a single-day set visit to one of their broadcast productions .