Check our listing on FilmFreeway for the 2018 festival

Online Submission:  We accept submissions through an online process working with FilmFreeway. Create a free account for your film and submit before our deadline. FilmFreeway is a place where you can find other film festivals to submit to.

Entry Form: We will get all of your info from your online entry. Submitting through FilmFreeway affirms that you agree to and will abide by our policies.

Type of Video/Film: We welcome films/videos of any type – narratives, documentaries, public service announcements, music/poetry videos, animations, experimental films, or anything else you might create. You may submit more than one film but please send only your very best.

Eligibility: Open to all high school students (grades 9-12) residing in the state of California. We also accept films made by seniors in the previous school year that may now be out of high school. This includes work that has been produced during the previous or current school years.

Length of Film: 10 minutes maximum. We encourage the submission of shorter works so that we can showcase more filmmakers.

Submission Format: Upload your film to FilmFreeway. If your film is selected you will need to provide a high res Quicktime.mov file so that we can represent your film at its best quality.

Submission Deadline: The final deadline for the 2018 festival is January 12, 2018, but we encourage you to send your film in as soon as possible. 

Entry fee: None

DVDs: We appreciate your making every effort to use our online submission process. But if entering your film online is not an option, we will accept a DVD. 

Mail or hand-deliver DVDs to: (DVDs will not be returned)

WestFlix Film Festival
c/o Cheri Gaulke
3700 Coldwater Canyon Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604

Judging Process: Each film submitted is carefully considered in a several-tiered process. A committee comprised of students, Harvard-Westlake faculty, and guest faculty from other schools selects the final 15-20 films. These films are then evaluated anonymously by a group of industry professionals to determine awards in several categories (directing, cinematography, screenwriting, acting and the like). These awards (known as the Lizzies, in honor of the Festival’s founder, Liz Yale) are presented the night of the Festival.

Notification Process: We will make every effort to notify filmmakers of the status of their films by mid- February prior to the festival. Due to the high volume of submissions, we are not able to give individual feedback. Films that are selected for the festival will receive comments from the industry professional judges.

Contact Info: If you have any questions, feel free to email faculty advisor Cheri Gaulke, or call (818) 487-6596.

Dates of the Festival: Friday, 16 March 2018 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.  Selected filmmakers will receive a limited amount of tickets to share with their crews and families. Saturday, 17 March 2018 is The Day After, a daylong series of workshops with industry professionals, at Harvard-Westlake, 3700 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City, CA 91604. Both events are free and open to the public but we request you make a reservation through the Box Office.

Online: Each year we put links to the films selected for our festival online. By participating in the WestFlix Film Festival, you agree to allow us to post your film online. 

A Final Note: We receive around 300 films each year. We ask that you send us only your very best work. We look forward to seeing your film(s). Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions
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Can Elementary and Middle School students enter a film?
Are films that were created outside of California allowed?
What if a filmmaker from another state made a film while in a California summer program?
Are there any restrictions as to content?
Do you accept commercials, PSAs, or journalistic segments?
Can there be adult actors in my film?
My film is longer than 10 minutes. Why can’t I submit it?
If my film is selected, should I attend the festival?
What is the final deadline for entry?
Does Harvard-Westlake distribute the films in the festival?
Will Harvard-Westlake show my film on the internet?
Will Harvard-Westlake own my film?
Can my film be online or have been shown in other film festivals?
Do you give prizes or awards?
How many films may I submit?
May I submit a work-in-progress?
Why can’t you use my DVD if my film is selected?
Does the music used have to be original?