May 4, 2017



But we’d love to see your work next season, so please check out our submission needs below.  Submissions for the 2019 Season will open in May, 2018.














HBFF will take place February, 2018.  Venues include the Huntington Beach Library Theater and other locations around the city.  Selected films will be announced on January 15th, 2018.

You can submit your films and scripts now through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.


What we’re looking for:

  • Any genre, any length, narrative or documentary.

  • Any budget, no budget.  We value story over production value.

  • We love finding authentic voices and we love great writing.

  • We’re committed to discovering and promoting the work of women and minority filmmakers, and filmmakers from other under-represented groups, such as the LGBT+ community, or indigenous filmmakers from all over the world.

  • Subversion is very cool.  We like challenging authority.

  • Local Huntington Beach and Orange County filmmakers are especially encouraged to submit.  We want to support you.

  • Student filmmakers, especially locals, are also encouraged to submit.  You’re the future and we want to see your work.

  • Two other particular niches that we’re interested in:  filmmakers with stories about senior issues are encouraged to submit.

  • And finally, we’re in Huntington Beach, CA, also known as Surf City USA!  We’d love to see films about surfing, as well as films about the ocean and the environment.

Please share with anyone who might be interested in submitting to our festival.  And don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

We can’t wait to watch your films and read your scripts!