2017 Call for Entries

Submissions for the 2017 LA SKINS Fest will be open May 1st, 2017.

The Los Angeles Skins Festival (LA SKINS FEST) is now accepting film submissions for its 11th annual film festival to be held November 14-19th, 2017 at TCL Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, CA.  LA SKINS FEST annually showcases works by independent Native American filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of Native American people. The festival helps filmmakers show their work so audiences of all ages and interests can enrich their experience and understanding of Native American cultures.

Every year, the LA SKINS FEST premiers several Native American movies that feature Q&A’s with filmmakers, panel discussions with industry professionals, and after-parties that feature Native American musicians. The SKINS AWARD SHOW is our closing night event that honors the great achievements in Native American filmmaking.

In the past years, the LA SKINS FEST has garnered support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes. NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, HBO, Paramount Pictures, CBS, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and the Ramona Band of Mission Indians have been supporters from our inception. In 2016, Fox Audience Strategy, Lionsgate, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay, and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma joined the LA SKINS FEST to provide great opportunities for the festival.


  1. Entries must be by/or have a Native American/First Nation/Indigenous artist involved in the project (Please include tribal affiliation).
  2.  We accept films made by non-Native American filmmaker but the films must be Native American themed.
  3.  Films must not be available on the Internet or have been broadcast nationally on cable or satellite television prior to the festival screening.
  4.  Works must be made within the past two years
  5.  Films in languages other than English with English subtitles will be accepted for consideration.
  6.  Films must not have other screenings scheduled in Los Angeles during November 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS.