Film Maudit 2.0 (4)


11 Apr 2022
Call for entries

24 Jul 2022
Early deadline

11 Sep 2022
Standard deadline

23 Oct 2022
Late deadline

23 Oct 2022
Festival closed

14 Dec 2022
Notification date

12 Jan 2023
22 Jan 2023


1651 18th St,,  91403, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Festival description
Short film festival 59'<
Feature film festival >60'

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 June 2020
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  59'<
 Feature Films  >60'
 Any language
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Festival start: 12 January 2023      Festival end: 22 January 2023

Film Maudit 2.0, in its 4th year, is a festival in Los Angeles of outré films. The fest is inspired by legendary artist Jean Cocteau’s festival, Le Film Maudit, which celebrated a group of films that were criminally overlooked and neglected at the time. Film Maudit 2.0 will take place in January 2023 as a hybrid (live & online) festival.

The term film maudit literally means “cursed films,” and this showcase of counter-cinema will blend together narrative, documentary and experimental films that in their style and/or subject matter, are deliberately bold, extreme, confrontational, troubling, shocking and/or unusual.

We are looking for adventuresome works that deal with socio-political issues, taboo subjects, and challenge artistic assumptions and sexual mores.

The festival is co-presented by and takes place at Southern California's boldest center for new performance and media arts, Highways Performance Space & Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. In its 32nd year, Highways continues to be an important alternative cultural center in Los Angeles that encourages radical artists from diverse communities to develop and present innovative new works. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a hub of experimental theater, dance, solo drama and other multimedia performance,” Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.

- Best Feature

- Best Narrative Short

- Best Animated Short

- Best Experimental Short

- Cocteau Award (*exemplifying the overall vision of the festival*)


1. Films can be of any length. Shorts are considered 0-29 minutes. Extended Shorts are considered 30-59 minutes and any film over 60 minutes is considered feature length.

2. Films must be available in .mp4, .mov or Blu-Ray for screening.

3. Any foreign language film must be submitted with English subtitles.

4. Submitted films must have been completed between September 1, 2019 and Dec. 1, 2021.

5. All copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed.

1. By submitting to Film Maudit 2.0, you are granting Highways Performance Space and Gallery the right to usage of any excerpt of your film for promotional content.

2. Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn under any circumstances.

3. Screening fees will not be provided.

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We will notify you if your work is accepted by: December 11, 2023.



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