2020 deadlines

~ULTRA EARLY BIRD DEADLINE ($7) APRIL 15~

~EARLY BIRD DEADLINE ($14) JUNE 1~

~REGULAR DEADLINE ($20) JULY 1~

~LATE ENTRIES ($35) JULY 20~


~STUDENT RATE: $5.00 (AFTER 7/1: $10)~

~STUDENTS ONLY -- CODE REQUIRED~

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2020

As always, our Selection Committee will be evaluating all submissions that meet our guidelines. Send early, for lowest fees.  FILMS must be 30 minutes or less, and contain LGBTQ+ content or theme (or the ongoing AIDS Crisis). We have worked exclusively through the FILM FREEWAY submission platform since its inception.

This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Arts program.  

All Proceeds Donated to: 

Entry Requirements:  ​Films must be under 30 minutes.  Webisodes may contain more than one "chapter" but must total less than 30 minutes.  We seek material that will be of interest to LGBTQ audiences and others interested in LGBTQ issues.  As an ALL-PROCEEDS BENEFIT for AIDS Walk Los Angeles, we also welcome submissions relating to the ongoing HIV crisis.


Films Must Not Be Available On Line​.  If your film is already available for free, that makes it very difficult for us to ask people to pay for tickets.  Exceptions may be made, but very rarely.  Webisodes, by definition, are available on line, or may be by the time we screen them.  Preference is given to Webisode submissions that will be a premiere when shown at our festival or are otherwise unique, e.g., a re-edited whole season run together as one continuous story. 


This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Arts program.  For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or www.weho.org/pride. You can also follow via social media @WeHoArts.



2020 CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL CANCELLED.

DUE TO COMPLICATIONS OF THE CORONAVIRUS

AND GENERALLY, BAD NEWS ALL OVER THE MAP,

WE HAVE CANCELLED THE 2020 EDITION OF 

CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL.


IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED SOMETHING,

PLEASE VISIT FILM FREEWAY FOR A REFUND 

OF YOUR SUBMISSION FEE.  


IF THIS CHANGES FOR 2021, WE HOPE TO LET YOU KNOW IN TIME. 

STAY SAFE AND SURVIVE!

Friday, October 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 3:00 and 6:30 p.m.

​Sunday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m.

~West Hollywood~

​City Council Chambers

(625 N. San Vicente Blvd.)

benefitting

AIDS Walk Los Angeles



IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING ON OUR SELECTION COMMITTEE OR JURY (FOR THE 2020 FESTIVAL), PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH US.  THESE ARE COVETED POSITIONS AND NO ONE IS GUARANTEED PLACEMENT, BUT THE FIRST STEP IS TO SUBMIT A STATEMENT OF INTEREST, ALONG WITH A SHORT PARAGRAPH INCLUDING YOUR QUALIFICATIONS. 

​VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR ALL ASPECTS OF THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL!  YOU CAN SEE THE WHOLE FESTIVAL FOR FREE, AND QUALIFY FOR OTHER PERKS, INCLUDING FREE FESTIVAL T-SHIRT.  ​WE NEED PEOPLE TO DISTRIBUTE FESTIVAL POSTCARDS, USHER AND MANAGE AT THE SCREENINGS, AND HELP WITH THE CLOSING NIGHT PARTY IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LAST COUNCIL CHAMBER SCREENING.  

To volunteer for the Festival, click here.  To get on the email list for notification when tickets go on sale, click here.   To submit your film(s), see below.  


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

​Now in its ninth year, the CMG Short Film Festival presents four programs of LGBTQ short films representing the very best of our vast and diverse community’s filmic offerings.  Besides attending the larger festivals and personal referrals, we winnow through hundreds of films submitted through the Film Freeway submission platform, to come up with the less than 40 films that comprise our programs.

To promote community, the CMG Short Film Festival likes to give an edge in the selection process to local filmmakers and talent.  Being local doesn’t guarantee acceptance, of course, but we very much like the idea of creating a “family” of local artists who know and support each other.  For some, ours will be the only LGBTQ film festival their film will appear in locally, and we recognize and welcome the unique responsibility this imposes on us. To keep faith with this community, we have a generous comp policy for filmmakers, cast and crew. 

We are proud to offer “grass roots” submission pricing, to encourage submissions from less well-financed filmmakers.  Thanks to Film Freeway, we can afford to do this. 
For those who might want to avoid any submission fee altogether, please be mindful that this festival is an all proceeds benefit for AIDS Walk Los Angeles, as it has been since its inception.  We appreciate the difficulty of budgeting submission fees alongside all the other costs, but our festival also has unavoidable expenses.  Submit early, get the dirt-cheap price, and pat yourself on the back for contributing to a good cause. 


NOTE:  We have in the past presented a CLOSING NIGHT PARTY where we present a FIFTH program of films.  These are not in competition for awards, as they are screened in a nightclub environment where not everyone is paying attention.  If your film is accepted for this event, you won't win audience or jury awards, and our selection criteria will be modified to create a program of films that would play well in a bar.  However, we do endeavor at all times to give every film an appreciative audience.  


As it has been since its inception, CMG Short Film Festival is an ALL-PROCEEDS BENEFIT for AIDS Walk Los Angeles.  We do not pay anyone a salary, not even our egregiously overworked Festival Director, Jim Hoffman.  We welcome both cash sponsors and in-kind sponsors who can help us defray costs.  For several years running, we have been able to pay all costs of the festival from submission fees and sponsorships, which means that all ticket sales go entirely to the AIDS Walk.  


CMG (California Men's Gatherings) is a learning organization for men, most of whom are gay or bisexual. We explore what it means to be a man and what it means to be gay or bisexual in a world that has often been unaccepting.  Our Mission Statement:  California Men's Gatherings (CMG) fosters a safe, supportive, welcoming community where men challenge themselves to develop their emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual and physical lives - with as much fun as possible along the way!

Finally, we are grateful to the City of West Hollywood for providing the beautiful Council Chambers auditorium for our screenings.  The City also graciously provides FREE PARKING for all Festival patrons and guests.