The Festival

SaMo Indie is one of the most filmmaker friendly independent film festivals in the world. Home to one of the largest film markets in the world, Santa Monica is located just west of Hollywood and is home to thousands of entertainment professionals.

With a combined 40 years of experience working in the film industry, the founders of SaMo Indie know from first hand experience the difficulty in getting recognition in such a competitive field. Our goal is to help your film get that recognition and to spring board it to other platforms.

Come be part of the fun that Movie Maker Magazine called cheerfully intimate, blessing our maiden voyage a success! More opportunities, real industry access, the prestige of screening in a major film market city, SaMoIndie has it all.

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Categories And Awards

SaMo Indie categories include Animated Short, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, and Narrative Feature films. All category winners will receive a Digital Cinema Package of their film, plus a trophy noting their achievement. All Official Selections in competition also receive laurel wreaths for use in their promotional material.

In addition to our regular categories, up to 100 honorable mentions will be featured in the Highlight Reel which will showcase noteworthy scenes that were in films that might be really good but didn’t quite make it to the top honors. All honorable mentions will receive laurel wreathes to use in their promotional materials and each film will have a short segment from their film screened during the festival, with the film title and credit for the filmmakers.

Please note, the Honorable Mentions are not “feel” good titles and most films will NOT qualify. We honor excellence in film, even if it’s just a great scene or memorable moment. Rest assured, if your film receives an Honorable Mention, it means something!

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