International Film Festival – 2021

Echelon Studios International Film Festival – 2021

Echelon Studios is proud to announce the first annual Echelon Studios International Film Festival (ESIFF) this fall, 2021.


Echelon Studios has twenty plus years of experience in acquiring, promoting and licensing films in both the domestic and worldwide markets. To this end we are seeking films in nine categories to compete for prizes and distribution deals.


We had originally planned to screen the nominated film to a physical audience here in the Los Angeles area. However, due to the continuing situation with COVID-19 we will be holding this year’s festival virtually. On the plus side, this festival model will allow a larger number of viewers outside of Los Angeles, California to have the opportunity to view and vote for the eventual winners.

Awards and Prizes

Submitted films will be competing in the following nine divisions:


Best US Feature Film


Best US Documentary


Best US Webisodes


Best US TV Series


Best Animation (Short & Features)


Best International Feature Film


Best International Documentary


Best International Webisodes


Best International TV Series


Winners will receive a monetary prize of $1000 plus an automatic worldwide licensing deal with Echelon Studios. All of the other nominated films will also be considered for distribution deals.

Festival Schedule

September 27, 2021: Opening date for accepting submissions


October 20, 2021: Deadline for submissions


November 3, 2021: Notification Date (notify which submissions have been accepted as nominations)


Info to Filmocracy by Nov 7th: materials (films and artwork)


November 15-19, 2021: Event Dates (on demand at [Filmocracy Festival Village link])


December 1, 2021: Announce Winner Awards


Rules & Terms

– Films must have been completed in the past 3 years.


– We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Even if your film has already premiered at another festival, whether it screened at a physical venue or online, it’s still eligible for consideration.


– The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film.


– The festival has the right to use a trailer, stills, pics and posters for promotional purposes in various film magazines, social media, websites, etc.


– All films should be in the English language or subtitled in English.


– Shorts must be less than 50 minutes. All projects over 50 minutes should submit to the feature category.


– The festival will only communicate with the submitter of the film project.

Festival Screenings

Nominated films will be available for virtual screenings at the ESIFF Village hosted by Filmocracy. Details and link coming shortly.


All submissions are to be made through the festival director Ms. Laurel Koernig at [email protected]. When submitting your film please also fill out the Submission Form so that we can better understand your film.