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The 2017 SoCal Film Festival has come to a close!

We’re honored to be able to present the work of so many talented filmmakers and writers--thank you so much for being a part of our fest.

We’d also like to thank our team of incredible volunteers—we simply couldn’t do this without all of your hard work.

Special thanks to our amazing attendees—we love seeing you every year!

Thanks to the wonderful staff of the library, especially Renee Brown and Leslie Pedroza. And thanks to Kellee Fritzal and the City of Huntington Beach for all of their support.

Finally, we’d like to thank our sponsors--Courtyard Marriott, The Steaming Bean Coffee Company, Final Draft, Videomaker, Inktip, Network ISA and Red Giant.

We can’t wait to see you all again next year!


Here is the list of the 2017 SoCal Film Festival Award Winners. Congratulations to all!

Best of the Fest--The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Best Feature Film--Baby

Best Short Film --Exit Survey

Best Documentary--Nobody Dies Here

Best International Film--17 Years Together

Best Actor--Mickey Rooney

Best Actress--Margaret O’Brien

Best Feature Screenplay (Tie)--Adam Pitzler for “Apartment Manager”

Best Feature Screenplay (Tie)--Jeffrey Howe for “Cover Crop”

Best Short Screenplay--Jeffrey Howe for “Medicine Show Blues”

Audience Choice Award--Occupants

Best Director--Russ Emanuel for “Occupants”

Best Animated--Echoes of the Sea

Best Experimental, Music Video, Youth Movement--Run

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A Note From the SoCal …

The SoCal Film Festival launched in 2005 with the goal of sharing the work of independent filmmakers to a film watching community.

We have award winning movies and screenplays; industry speakers; professional workshops; Q&As with directors and actors; special guests; a professional panel of jury members and screeners; volunteer opportunities; and scores of film watching attendees …

Our goal is to continually create a truly important film festival for independent filmmakers and screenwriters … and a truly independent film festival. While we have sponsors and partners that help make the event happen, they too believe in and support our mission.

We hope you consider the SoCal an important part of the industry as we make every effort to put your films in front of other filmmakers; industry pros and, of course, film watchers. An outlet for Independent filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.

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