Beyond Fest is the highest attended genre film festival in the U.S. and exists to serve the genre community of Los Angeles, with an annual Fall festival and year-round special screenings & premieres in partnership with the American Cinematheque (The Egyptian Theatre, Aero Theatre, Mission Tiki Drive-in).

Beyond Fest is built in partnership with American Cinematheque and Death Waltz Recording Co. Beyond Fest’s mindbending designs courtesy of Bianca Parkes.

A not-for-profit entity, Beyond Fest raises funds for the 501C3 non-profit film institution, American Cinematheque. Its favorite film is Jaws.

Beyond Fest is seeking exemplary genre short and feature films that are truly beyond in terms of content and form, with a particular interest in the categories of horror, dark comedy, and/or mindbending films that defy description from around the world. Send your boldest, gnarliest, most excellent work.

Please note Beyond Fest 2022 dates are not finalized and are subject to change.

In partnership with our generous sponsor Final Draft, Beyond Fest was able to provide free copies of Final Draft 12 and fee waivers to the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest to all participating short film directors at our 2021 edition. We are endeavoring to offer this again to our 2022 filmmakers.

Received press and additional promotional materials are not required.

Films above 1 second and equal to/under 20:00 minutes are considered short length.
Films 60:00 minutes or more are considered feature length.

Submission format must be an online screener. Acceptable formats for submissions include Private Vimeo/YouTube links, and/or privately hosted video files. No DVDs or BluRays will be accepted. Submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled or dubbed in English. If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.

Accepted films will be provided with technical specifications for exhibition copies upon acceptance and may need to provide a professionally authored DCP (not homebrewed).

Films are scheduled at the discretion of Beyond Fest. Beyond Fest retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Beyond Fest will notify all filmmakers of acceptance/rejection status via email by no later than September 1, 2022. The festival is dedicated to hosting a physical event; should the pandemic necessitate a virtual pivot, all submitters will be contacted.

Submitting your film to Beyond Fest in no way implies any ownership rights by Beyond Fest to the submitted film. You retain ownership of your film.

Beyond Fest is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. 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 undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Beyond Fest 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 elements received. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

Neither party shall owe any liability to the other party arising under this agreement for any indirect, special, punitive or consequential damages, including, without limitation, loss of profit or business opportunities, except as expressly set forth herein. Neither party makes (and each party hereby specifically disclaims) any, representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the services contemplated by this agreement, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, implied warranties arising from a course of dealing or course of performance or any warranties relating to title or non-infringement of intellectual property. Neither party makes any representation, warranty or assurance concerning any minimum or maximum number of viewers or screenings or celebrities or special guests or events.

All information by Beyond Fest, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice. All festival and screening decisions will be made by Beyond Fest; all decisions are final.

To be eligible to screen, feature films require a minimum of an LA Premiere to be considered; short films have no premiere restrictions. If your short film is already viewable online, that is ok; however, if selected for the festival, you will be asked to make your film temporarily unviewable for the month surrounding the festival.

Feature films already available on VOD before or during the festival are not eligible. Films can be original or adapted works. However, ALL non-original portions of your film MUST be cleared and you must have permission to use someone else’s work. If you submit a film with copyrighted or trademarked materials included and you do not have written permission to use them, you will not be eligible to screen at Beyond Fest. You must be legally authorized to represent the entire work, in writing.

Overall Rating
  • Eric Jungmann

    BeyondFest is the absolute BEST. Without a doubt, one of the most fantastic experiences we had throughout our festival run. The programming is unparalleled and the enthusiasm from the filmmakers and fans is second to none. Sincerely honored to have been included with my short film, "BODY OF THE MINED".

    November 2021
  • BeyondFest is a must on the genre film festival circuit. The quality of films is outstanding. And as a filmmaker involved in a festival, you get first shot at all of the other incredible films on the schedule. If you get into beyond fast, you know you’ve made it. :)

    October 2021
  • Matthew Berg

    Great festival ! My short film Marked screened at Beyond Fest in possibly the most entertaining shorts block I've had the fortune of sitting in. They were also extremely generous with amount of comped tickets for the filmmakers so I was able to bring 30 guests to my screening as well as get into other features. It was really cool to play in the same festival as high profile films such as the new Halloween and the world premiere of Guillermo Del Toro and Scott Cooper's new film.

    October 2021
  • Brent Howard

    Beyond Fest is scary good at what they do. I felt like I was in good hands through the entire process. I will definitely be back if they'll have me!

    October 2021
  • Had a GREAT experience at this year’s Beyond Fest! Nico was a very accommodating programmer for BEYOND SHORTS. Amazing people, the shorts in my block were SO GOOD. I’ve always wanted to screen a film at Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz 3 and now I can say that i did! The perk from their sponsors for the filmmakers makes it all worth it! Can’t wait to submit in the future and attend again. Was not able to catch any features this year but seeing all the excitement of the People’s Republic on IG was entertaining!

    October 2021