Santa Monica International 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 films are screened in a theatrical setting. Santa Monica Film Festival presents, supports and promotes short film screenings and other events involving short films. #SantaMonica presents an generous number of winning, honorable mention and finalist films. Santa Monica Film Festival requires that at least (50) percent of the films be no more than one year old at time of the Festival. Santa Monica Film Festival jury uses a consistent and rigorous process of culling entrants. The jury is composed of award short filmmakers actively involved in making films including members of the DGA, SAG, WGA and IA unions.

Santa Monica International Film Festival (SMFF) is produced by the non-profit Malibu Film Foundation (established in 1997). The Festival is organized by professional filmmakers that actively make films, television and other entertainment based content. 


The most recent feature film project produced by Malibu Film Foundation is "WHO'S DRIVING DOUG" premiered at SBIFF, was released theatrically in 2016 and was acquired by Netflix.  The MFF is currently seeking it's next project.​