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Welcome to the IMDb qualifying California Indies!


The festival is dedicated to indie filmmaking, independent artists and the cinematic language. The festival selects international and American films and scripts of all genres for various sections of each edition to promote and screen.



Best Director of the festival:
Ross Kauffman is the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker of the feature documentary BORN INTO BROTHELS. In 2014, Ross directed E-TEAM (co-directing with Katy Chevigny), a documentary about four intrepid human rights investigators and garnered Kauffman the Best Cinematography Award for a Documentary Feature. His latest feature documentary TIGERLAND debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Ross Kauffman is the best short film director of the second edition of Santa Monica Shorts with his latest documentary film, Waterproof. 
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