We invite and encourage all LDS and Utah filmmakers to participate in the 15th Annual LDS Film Festival 2016 and submit their work to the festival. The festival offers around $3,000 in cash awards and a perfect venue to premiere your film to a large and appreciative audience.

The LDS Film Festival strives to annually present a diverse spectrum of films that represent the status quo of current filmmaking in the LDS film community. The festival is independently organized and not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The festival dates for the 2016 LDS Film Festival will be March 2-5, 2016, at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah.

The regular entry deadline for all submissions is Monday, December 14, 2015. The extended deadline is Monday, January 11, 2016. For more information, click here.



For the first time this year, everyone around the globe can participate in the 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon. You don’t have to be physically present at the start of the competition.

You can sign up now and save 30% on the entry fee. Half of each group’s entry fee will go towards the award money.

Every year dozens of groups participate, and all finished films are screened during the LDS Film Festival to a crowd of several hundred people. Past entries have gone on to play at film festivals nationwide. Every participating group has 24 hours to write, shoot and edit a 3-minute short film.

We will kick off the marathon on Friday, February 19, 2016, at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah. We will post the theme, object, and dialogue line on the festival website and participants can upload their finished films 24 hours later on Saturday, February 20.

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The LDS Film Festival has grown tremendously over the last few years. What began as a short film festival, is now a major event that showcases an impressive array of feature films, special screenings and short films.

Attendance is now averaging 5000-7000 visitors each year. Most of the films shown at the festival are world or Utah premiers.

Since its inception, the LDS Film Festival has awarded and paid out over $40,000 in cash awards to LDS filmmakers.

The LDS Film Festival 2016 offers the following categories for submissions:

Feature Film Exhibition

Films 65 minutes and longer

Short Film Competition

Films 20 minutes and under

Family Film Competition

“Homemade” films 5 minutes and under

Special Screenings

Films 20 to 60 minutes in length

24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon

Become an award-winning filmmaker in 24 hours

The motto of the festival is: “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.” (D&C 93:36). The festival is looking for intelligent stories and films that deal with spirituality in a universal way. The stories may deal with Gospel issues, however, this is not a requirement. Light and truth can be found in every aspect of life.