The Dot Independent Film Festival of Los Angeles is a transmedia festival for a new generation of visual storytellers. It is a student led initia­tive to form collaborative relationships between film schools by using technology to develop an international community that embraces the evolving film industry. The festival is completely comprised of and led by students with an emphasis on innovation. It is necessary to change the way we think as filmmakers in order to reinvigorate the film indus­try. Originality is born from necessity.


: Highlight and showcase young filmmaker talent

: Promote collaboration and networking between students from different film schools

: Create a sense of community between film students

: Connect film students with industry professionals


Festival Date | June 07, 2014

Submissions Open | March 10, 2014

Free Submissions Deadline | April 07, 2014


Art Center College of Design
Hillside Campus
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Located on 175 wooded acres in Pasadena, Hillside Campus has been home to Art Center since 1976. The main building is a dramatic postmodern steel-and-glass bridge structure spanning an arroyo in the San Rafael Hills, just above the Rose Bowl. Designed by Craig Ellwood Associates, it has been designated a local historical landmark by the City of Pasadena.

Ahmanson Auditorium – Main Event
This 400-seat facility is used for screening student films, as well as shorts and features from faculty and guest directors. It’s also host to a wide range of stage productions, concerts, speakers and multi-media events.

Cafe – Food, Pazzazz booths, Networking
The newly remodeled Cafeteria at the Hillside Campus is operated by Sodexo, an independent contractor providing food and management services. The Cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks with seating available in the Student Dining Room and outside patios.

L.A. Times Media Center
This unique and intimate 75-seat venue is used for lectures from leaders in the film and design communities, multi-media presentations, community art group programs and special events.

Travel Info

-Travel info (Public transportation options, hotels in pasadena, local restaurants, and points of interest)

Free Parking -
For our guests looking for the best value in parking and have a bit more flexibility in when and where they park, Art Center College offers a whole variety of free, secure parking.

LAX : http://www.lawa.org/welcomelax.aspx
Burbank Airport: http://www.burbankairport.com/


Rose Bowl Motel
1529 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Distance: 2.3 miles

180 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Distance: 2.6 miles

Regency Inn
2378 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Distance: 2.8 miles

The Westin Pasadena
191 North Los Robles
Pasadena, CA 91101
Distance: 3.0 miles

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
303 East Cordova Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Distance: 3.2 miles

Pasadena Inn
400 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105
Distance: 3.2 miles

Hilton Pasadena
168 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Distance: 3.2 miles

Econo Lodge Glendale
1437 East Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Distance: 3.2 miles

Chariot Inn
1118 East Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Distance: 3.7 miles

Vagabond Inn
1203 E. Colorado blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Distance: 3.9 miles

100 West Glenoaks Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91202
Hilton Hotels and Resorts near Art Center College of Design
Distance: 4.0 miles

Embassy Suites
800 North Central Avenue
Glendale, CA 91203
Embassy Suites near Art Center College of Design
Distance: 4.2 miles

Glen Capri Inn & Suites
326 Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Distance: 4.2 miles


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If you have any questions or want to get involved please email us.




Any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at any tertiary level college from any country,
or an alumnus who has graduated from that institution within the last year.

Categories and Maximum Length:

Narrative – 15 minutes
Documentary – 10 minutes
Music Video – 5 minutes
Commercial/ PSA – 3 minutes
Experimental/Animation – 5 Minutes

*All submissions are to be online via a Vimeo or YouTube link.
A copy of your Student ID is required. If your ID does not have a date or expiration listed, a screenshot of your class schedule or any other means to show that you are currently a student (or 1 year graduated alumnus) will be necessary.


All film submissions must be turned in no later than April 21st 2014.

Receipt Acknowledgment:

You will be notified via email after we have received your film.


DIFF|LA is an international film festival, and we welcome submissions from all around the world.
There are two ways you can submit to DIFF|LA.

1. Vimeo or Youtube link

Please send us the Vimeo or YouTube link to submit@diffla.org.

The category of your piece should be clearly indicated in the subject of your email.
Along with the link, please include the following information:
We need your name, school name, year level in school, your crew position and contact number.

Don’t forget to send us a copy of your Student ID is required. If your ID does not have a date or expiration listed, a screenshot of your class schedule or any other means to show that you are currently a student (or 1 year graduated alumnus) will be necessary.

2. WithoutaBox

You may submit by using the service from Withoutabox. Click on the image below and follow the instructions.
**Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates.

Please read the Submission Requirements before sending.

Terms and Conditions:

Any material, information or other communication you transmit or post to this Site (“Communications”) will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. DIFF LA will have no obligations with respect to the Communications. You will grant DIFF LA and its designees a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display throughout the world in any media the Communications and all data, images, sounds, text, and other things embodied therein for any and all commercial or non-commercial purposes. You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this Site an unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or other material that would violate any law. DIFF LA reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content. If you submit a filmmaker profile or any other personal information that is made public on our site, you will not hold DIFF LA responsible for any outcomes or damages caused by information seen. You may delete your profile at any time, but DIFF LA will not be responsible for a delay in removing all public data. If you have questions or concerns please contact us at: submit@diffla.org



We’ve all been there. Students sometimes need to make due with certain resources and are forced to take certain shortcuts but that is no reason to be careless! Please take the steps needed in advance to make sure that all the guidelines for submission are being met. No need to be hasty, please read our FAQ and Submission Regulations before submitting. We’re all in the same boat and are here if there are any questions or concerns. Please contact us if further information is needed.

1. How do I submit my film to DIFF | LA?

To submit your film to DIFF | LA, you will have to send an email to submit@diffla.org with all the information and attachments written in the submissions section. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully prior to completing the online entry form.

Or click on the link to Withoutabox and submit through their website.

2. Can you mail or fax me a submissions form?

No. We are only accepting online applications through our website at www.DIFFLA.org



3. What are the submissions deadline and fees for DIFF | LA 2014?

Monday, April 21st, 2014, 6PM PST

4. How can I pay the submissions fee?

Submissions are FREE and your film will be accepted as long as you abide by all of the rules. You just have to submit your movie according to the rules.

5. What if I submit after the deadline?

Your submission will be invalid and your film won’t be judged.



6. If I have already sent out the email, can I send another email with corrections?

Please try to send us the complete and correct information in your submission. If you need to change any information you have provided us with, you must email: submit@diffla.org.

7. Can I submit a film that is a trailer or work-in-progress?

No. We will not be able to consider your film if you send in a trailer or work-in-progress film. We are only accepting finished films.

8. What is your preferred format for submission?

If you are submitting your film over our email, a link to Vimeo or YouTube (which can be set to private, if you provide us with your password) is enough for the selection process. It is optional to include a press kit, which would include director’s bio, posters and stills of the film. Otherwise we also accept submissions through Withoutabox, to which you can get over the link in the submissions section. We accept films in the NTSC format and do not currently accept the PAL format. Please be sure you submit your films in the approved format of NTSC or else your film may not be considered for selection. Once selected, we will ask for a high resolution file to screen the film at the event.

9. What should I include with my submission?

With your film, you must send a copy of your student ID/proof of graduation to verify your eligibility. Also include your full name and position in the film. It is requested to also send a list of the rest of the crew, but not required. It is optional to include a press kit with film stills, posters and director’s bio.

10. Is there a tracking number for submission?

No. We do not provide tracking numbers for submissions directly over our email. Only submissions over Withoutabox will receive a tracking number, to match their online submission to their email.

11. Where do I send my entry materials?

You may submit your materials digitally to submit@diffla.org or through the WithoutABox website.

12. Do I have to obtain rights and clearances for the music or other copyrighted material included in my film?

Yes, you must possess the rights to use all intellectual property included in your film. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully.

13. What happens if my link to Vimeo or YouTube doesn’t play right?

If your link doesn’t play right, we will contact you to request another upload of your film . However, if we don’t get a working link replaced in time, we must give preference to those who provide us with a viewable film. For this reason, we ask that you check the link yourself and recheck by sending the link to others to make absolutely certain that your film plays properly in its entirety, before you submit to us.



14. How do I know if my film is eligible for consideration?

Please refer to our rules and regulations for complete eligibility rules.



15. Can I choose the film section I want to submit to?

No. When you submit your film, you can choose between the following: Narrative Short, Documentary, Commercial / PSA, Music Video, and  Experimental/Animation. If your film is selected to screen at the festival, the industry Judges at DIFF | LA will determine which film section best suits your film.



16. How do I know if my submission has arrived?

You will receive a notification email once we have received your submission. If you don’t receive our confirmation email, you may email us at submit@diffla.org and to verify if we have received your submission. We will NOT accept submissions after April 7th, 2014, which means you will not get a notification email. DIFF | LA reserves the right to disqualify any submission.

17. When and how will I know if my film has been selected?

Films selected for screening in all categories will be notified on or about May 5th, 2014.

18. If my film isn’t chosen to screen during your Festival, will you let me know why?

No. Due to the large volume of submissions our programmers cannot offer individual critiques.



19. When does DIFF | LA take place?

The 2nd annual DIFF | LA will take place Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

20. Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is a film student film festival, so you must supply us with a copy of your Student ID or a proof of graduation (which can only be one year prior to the date of the submission deadline date) when sending in your materials.

21. What are my parking options getting to the event?

There will be parking on the Art Center College of Design campus.

22. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact info@diffla.org with any questions you have.

23. Can I update my registration information?

You may update contact information and film information, but you cannot update or replace your film.

24. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please! It will help us speed the check-in process.

25. What is the refund policy?

There is no refund, because submissions are free.  Admissions are free as well, but the festival will start charging once we have reached a certain limit. There will be no refund for those purchased tickets