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17th Annual LA SKINS FEST – Call for Entries

April 12 @ 8:00 am - August 11 @ 5:00 pm

Entries are officially being accepted for the 17th Annual LA SKINS FEST presented by Comcast NBCUniversal. The festival takes place November 14th – 19th, 2023 in Hollywood, CA.

“Native media continues to expand, define and launch new voices from our community.” Announced Patricia Gomes, festival director. ”The LA SKINS FEST continues to amplify these voices with a genuine showcase at a world renowned theater surrounded by an indigenous community of artists.”

The LA SKINS FEST will celebrate its films and filmmakers at the iconic Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. The festival seeks original works that are distinguished, offers a new voice in cinema and provides a unique perspective from the indigenous community. 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 12th Annual Native Media Awards Celebration, provide the 13th Writers Pitch Fest and host indigenous filmmakers from around the world.

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.

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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 LA Skins Fest is privileged to partner with some of the world’s most renowned entertainment brands this year; including Comcast NBCUniversal, Bank of America, Motion Picture Association, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pop Culture Collaborative, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, ICAE, Verizon.


The prestigious LA 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 LA 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 LA 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.


April 12 @ 8:00 am
August 11 @ 5:00 pm