The 7th Annual Cinema at the Edge Festival (CATE),

founded by Festival Director Michelle Danner 

 February 21st-23rd, 2020 

at the Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica, Ca).

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival (CATE) Celebrates independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice. Cinema at the Edge Film Festival (CATE) has been created to showcase up and coming young film makers in order to promote and empower the next generation of film makers.

This film festival is a great chance for filmmakers and rising stars to gain exposure and additional opportunities for global distribution. Winners will be considered for acquisition by industryprofessionals working in international film distribution. 

 Hundreds of filmmakers join us in Los Angeles for an action-packed weekend.  CATE has become a platform for artists to showcase their creativity through film and about the voices that need to be heard. 

Cinema at the Edge Festival (CATE) is located in the heart of Santa Monica, Edgemar Center for the Arts is a two theatre and art gallery complex designed by Frank Gehry, just minutes away from the beach. At the center's inaugural ceremony Steven Spielberg welcomed cinema fans and noted, "Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists." Previous years at CATE featured audience favorites from Sundance, Cannes Film Festival and other major festivals, while maintaining a focus on world or regional premieres, challenging films that deserve a second look, and showcasing local artists.

Submit your film and join us for great movies, panels, parties, and more!






Jury and Audience awards will be given to the best film in each category. All selected filmmakers will benefit from networking opportunities, packed screenings and the festival's signature pub crawl. Our Panels and Juries have included executives at film distribution companies which will give each filmmaker the opportunity to get distribution.

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Click hereto submit your film ***International Submissions Welcome!***

Awards & Prizes

Jury awards will be given in each category. While the programmers are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, an additional commitment is to see that the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore the winners of the jury award in each category will be viewed by industry professionals working in international film distribution and considered for acquisition in addition to a cash prize.

Rules & Terms


Cinema at the Edge is open to independent film of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. Each year we select and exhibit narrative features, documentary, and short films. Films previously submitted (and not selected) may be reentered if there has been significant change to the edit. You must complete an entry form for each film submitted.


Early Deadline: February 1st - April 1st , 2019 (postmarked by) - Entry Fee: Features $45, Shorts $30

Regular Deadline: May 1st - August 30th, 2019 (postmarked by) - Entry Fee; Features $55, Shorts $35

Late Deadline: September 1st - January 26th, 2020 (postmarked by)- Entry Fee: Features $65 , Shorts $45

Entries must be submitted by NTSC DVD or through a secure online screener (FilmFreeway, Vimeo, etc.). Region free NTSC DVD's are preferred for screening purposes. We do not accept VHS or video data files for screening purposes.


  • Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please do not send elaborate presentation materials, press kits, binders, etc. with your entry. All that is necessary to send is a clearly identified DVD or digital file. If your film is selected for the festival we will contact you about images and press kits.
  • DVD's and cases must be labeled (preferably using permanent marker/ink) with film title, filmmaker name, phone, email and FilmFreeway tracking ID number. Please place DVD's in a DVD sleeve, no hard plastic cases of any kind.
  • INTERNET LINKS (URL): If you have a link (ie., Vimeo) you must submit via FilmFreeway and send an email to with the link, title of film, director, and FilmFreeway tracking number. 

This option is available for all categories.


Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only paid through FilmFreeway. Entry fees are per film entered, and must accompany the entry form for confirmation. Entry fees are non-refundable.


Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid.

Cinema at the Edge @ Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405


The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If accepted we will notify filmmakers by email and phone. Films not selected will receive notification by email. If accepted the DVD or BlueRay of your film will need to be in our office by January 1st, 2020. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know.

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