The Santa Monica

Film Festival



We can’t wait to return to Santa Monica CA for next year’s Santa Monica Film Festival. The 16th Festival will take place in person and online January 2022. We are designing a safe and accessible Festival where our audiences and artists can come together to celebrate and discover new work, and each other.

The Santa Monica Film Festival ® is a boutique gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Our annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and new media.

Santa Monica Film Festival ® is a premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held annually in and around Santa Monica, CA. Santa Monica Film Festival screens new, innovative and compelling films and provides programming that values short filmmakers and significantly highlights short films. 

Santa Monica Film Festival ® (SMFF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Festival is organized by professional filmmakers that actively make films, television and other entertainment based content.

Since 2005, hundreds of films screened at the Festival have gone on to secure distribution and reach new audiences worldwide.