News Release


Entries are officially being accepted for the 14th Annual LA SKINS FEST presented by Comcast NBCUniversal. The festival will be taking place November 17-22, 2020 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries through the LA SKINS FEST online entry form at or through

Pictured: 14th Annual LA Skins Film Fest 2020 call for film entries postcard.

Pictured: 14th Annual LA Skins Film Fest 2020 call for film entries postcard.

Deadlines to submit are:

Early Deadline: July 31, 2020

Regular Deadline: August 28, 2020

Final Deadline: September 18, 2020

The LA SKINS FEST will celebrate filmmakers whose original works are distinguished and offer a new voice in cinema. Films accepted in the festival will be eligible for the competition and prizes from our corporate sponsors. This year, awards will be given to the following categories: Achievement in Narrative Filmmaking, Documentary, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation, Writer, Director, Actor, Actress, and Audience Award. 

Once again, this year’s festival will offer a week-long series of events throughout Hollywood. The film festival will premier exciting new Indigenous films, present the 9th Annual Native Media Awards Celebration, provide the 9th Writers Pitch Workshop and host Native American filmmakers from throughout North and South America.

The Festival is an initiative of the Native American non-profit the Barcid Foundation and aims to showcase the rising talent in Native American filmmaking. This year the LA SKINS FEST is expanding the screening series to accommodate the growing talent in Indian Country.

Corporate support of the LA SKINS FEST plays an essential role in the life of the festival and emphasizes the festival’s commitment to quality, exploration, and excellence in the art of cinema, TV and new media. The Los Angeles Skins Fest is privileged to partner with some of the world’s most renowned entertainment brands this year; including Comcast NBCUniversal, Walt Disney Studios, Bank of America, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Bad Robot, Motion Picture Association, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cast & Crew, Google American Indian Network, STARZ, Snowpants Productions, Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Final Draft, and City of Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.


The prestigious Los Angeles Skins Fest ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics. The LA Skins Fest is considered a major launching ground for Indian Country’s most talked about films. Founded in 2007, the Los Angeles Skins Fest, presented in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, is a 6-day multicultural event celebrating the art of film, TV and new media. The Los Angeles Skins Fest’s long‐standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule consists of dozens of filmmakers presenting their newest works, special artist development programs, tributes to community leaders, special events, and remarkable films. Festival headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA.