About our festival


Our Mission

Anaheim Film Festival is a bi-monthly film, television, and screenplay competition for filmmakers worldwide.

Every other month our jury will award the best in film, writing, acting and more through private screening events.  We will publish interviews with the director of the winning Best Picture, as well as other winners at our discretion on our website.  We will screen a selection of the winners at our live red carpet event every other month at a beautiful venue in Orange County, California-one of the top vacation destinations in the United States.  In addition, the short film winners will automatically become semi-finalists in our sister film festival SoCal ShortFest and be considered to screen at this prestigious annual event which takes place live in Hollywood and features a celebrity jury.

All winners receive a free certificate to print.



You may submit multiple entries (with different films), but you must complete a separate entry form and pay the fee for each film.  Each film may be submitted in multiple categories.

Films must have been completed after 2012. 

You must own the rights to your film, the music included in it and have permission from everyone appearing in your film to show their work.

Non-English films will be accepted but must have English subtitles. 

WE DO NOT SCREEN ANY FILMS ONLINE.  This is a real festival that takes place live and in person.

Please note that, by submitting your film you agree:

The festival may use parts of your film for promotional purposes. These may include: trailer/scenes/poster/stills etc.

Entry fees are nonrefundable.

We do not accept X-Rated material/porn, extremist propaganda, etc.

All films will be screened by working industry professionals. The semi-finalists will be reviewed personally by the festival director.

Awards and Prizes

Awards & Prizes

Best Picture 

Best Short Film 10 minutes and under

Best Short Film 10-20 minutes

Best Short Film 20-30 minutes

Best Short Film 30-45 minutes
Best Narrative Feature 
Best Narrative Short 
Best Drama 
Best Comedy 
Best Horror 
Best Thriller 
Best Action 
Best Sci-Fi 
Best Fantasy Film 
Best Crime Film 
Best Mystery Film 
Best Parody 
Best Western 
Best Film Noir 
Best Virtual Reality 
Best Documentary 
Best Animation 
Best Microfilm 
Best Indie Film 
Best Web Series 
Best TV Series 
Best Web/TV Pilot 
Best Sitcom 
Best Music Video 
Best Experimental Film 
Best Inspirational Film 
Best Director 
Best Actor 
Best Actress 
Best Actor in an Indie Film 
Best Actress in an Indie Film 
Best Child/Young Actor 
Best Child/Young Actress 
Best Supporting Actor 
Best Supporting Actress 
Best Duo 
Best Ensemble 
Best Cinematography 
Best Editing 
Best Original Score 
Best First Time Director 
Best Student Film 
Best TV Series 
Best Web/TV Pilot 
Best Song 
Best Sound Design 
Best Visual Effects 
Best Trailer 
Best Original Story 
Best Television Script 
Best Screenplay Short 
Best Screenplay Feature 
Best First Time Screenwriter 
Best Drama Screenplay 
Best Comedy Screenplay 
Best Thriller Screenplay 
Best Horror Screenplay 
Best Fantasy Screenplay 
Best Action Screenplay 
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay