Film Festivals



It was a success, thanks to you!

A special thank you to our sponsors: AVID, Final Draft, La Femme International Festival, NewFilmmakersLA, The Valley Film Festival, LuvThat Entertainment, and Wrapal.

A documentary, a new media piece, and a narrative short were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze Selection awards, respectively, by a panel of entertainment industry judges at our 2017 Film Festival, which was held on October 13 and 14 at our campus in Los Angeles. The three films were the creations of our students and graduates and were among 30+ works that were screened for the event’s 500 attendees.

Congratulations to our winners!

Gold Selection - “Starting From Scratch” (Documentary)

Silver Selection - “GoPro On A Paper Airplane” (New Media)

Bronze Selection - “Everyone Else” (Narrative Short)

48 Hour Film Festival

Each year during the Winter academic quarter, Columbia College Hollywood hosts a student-run competition called the 48 Hour Film Challenge. Student teams are given an equipment package and a set of set requirements and have from Friday to Sunday morning to write, shoot, and edit a short film.

The competition ends with a gala awards ceremony and reception in which prizes are given to the top three films as chosen by an industry jury and honorable mention given to 10 other film projects.

3 Hour Screenwriting Challenge

The 3 Hour Screenwriting Challenge was created by a student at Columbia College Hollywood and takes place every Spring academic quarter. Students have three hours to write a short script under monitored conditions in our writing lab. The scripts are then given to an industry panel of jurors who determine three winners and 10 other scripts designated for honorable mention. At the ceremony and reception honoring the student participants, CCH acting students perform the winning scripts.

External Film Festivals

In addition to our Film Festival for the Entertainment Industry, 48 Hour Film Challenge and 3 Hour Screenwriting Challenge, the Career Development office keeps an up-to-date calendar of both domestic and international film festivals. Film festivals are a significant way to get noticed and gain a solid foothold in the industry. Our student and alumni films are frequently winners and “Official Selections” of film festivals around the globe, including The Sundance Film Festival. The Career Development Office offers many strong resources to help you find the best festivals for your film submissions, get you entered and get you noticed. Be sure to check the requirements for each festival as the requirements can and do differ.


External Film Festivals