Film Maudit 2.0 (5)


10 Oct 2023
Call for entries

12 Nov 2023
Early deadline

07 Jan 2024
Standard deadline

18 Feb 2024
Late deadline

17 Mar 2024
Festival closed

15 May 2024
Notification date

12 Jun 2024
16 Jun 2024


1651 18th St,,  90404, 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
 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 June 2024      Festival end: 16 June 2024

Film Maudit 2.0 ( is a showcase and celebration of new outré, unusual and startling films. Now approaching its 5th edition, 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.
The term film maudit literally means “cursed films,” and this showcase of counter-cinema blends 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 eschew conventional genre & format expectations and deal with socio-political issues, taboo subjects, and challenge artistic assumptions and sexual mores. These works can be in the form of feature films, short films, pilots, VR, and works that cross disciplines.
The festival is co-presented by and takes place in part at Southern California's boldest center for new performance and media arts, Highways Performance Space & Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. In its 34th 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 June 2022 and March 2024.

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: April 14, 2024.



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