The 4th Annual New Urbanism Film Festival kicked off with a special screening at Laemmle Theatres in Santa Monica showcasing all of the winning films from last year’s festival.  And now it is time to announce our

2016 Call For Entries. 

Submissions are open March 1st – June 30th

The festival will be held in Los Angeles October 6th-9th.

For more information about how to submit, our rules and regulations, visit our submissions page. 


I’m excited for a new year of films.  Each year the festival is shaped by the types of films we receive.  Last year we received a lot of films about the human side of urban planning.  The films dealt with equity and social justice, and they observed how transportation policy and planning effect different groups like kids, elderly, disabled, and different family structures.  We created an entire screening category for those films called “urbanism sociology.” They were some of my favorite films. And I think a lot of other people liked them too because four short films from that category ended up receiving awards at the closing night ceremony.

The year before we had lots of films about street art so we added that category to the festival. We also had several films on the economic impact of urbanism and we made that a category.  Cities are alive, they grow and evolve, and our festival reflects that–growing and evolving to include new topics, new themes, new brands of filmmakers.

I am also excited about submissions this year because we have some prize packages for filmmakers from BetaBrand, Icarus FilmsInkTip, Black Dog Coffee, CNU, and a few other media sponsors.

And I am excited to have a broader panel of judges this year.  We’ve added Tamika Butler, from the advocacy world, Lisa Hasko, director of Filmmaker Resources at the International Documentary Association, Neal Payton, west coast director for Torti Gallas Partners, and Melissa Bruntlett, co-founder of Modacity. See the full list of judges and their photos and bios here.

We’re using the online submissions platform filmfreeway again this year, which makes things incredibly easy for all of us, our production team, and our judges, and for you. They have impeccable customer service so don’t be afraid to ask them for help.  Since we’ve started using filmfreeway, they’ve surpassed the industry leader withoutabox in both the number of festivals they serve, the number of filmmakers who use them and the number of films uploaded.  I’m not surprised because like I said they have great customer service and have been receptive to feedback from customers (me).

In June we get to bring last year’s winning films to Detroit to screen at the 24th Congress of the New Urbanism. Joel and I will both be on hand at two screenings during this international convention that attracts thousands of designers, architects, planners, civic officials, activists, engineers, etc. (This year’s winners will be screened at the 25th Congress of the New Urbanism in Seattle, in June of 2017.)

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors and media partners


Black Dog Coffee


California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism

Exposure Magazine

Icarus Films


Laemmle Theatres

Momentum Magazine

Muse on 8th

Production Hub

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