For 2016, the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the U.S. China Film and Television Industry Expo will be partnering up on their Film Competition portion of the event. Dodge College, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and California State University, Northridge will exclusively be competing in the UCFTI Film Competition where filmmakers will showcase their best work to top executives from Hollywood and China.

The event will take place from November 2 2016 to November 3, 2016 in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live and will include a number of semi-finalists depending on the amount of films submitted to competition. These films will play in competition and then be judged on by a panel of “industry judges” for
first place ($5000), second place ($3000), and third place ($2000)
. Here are the rules:

  • Entry is FREE.
  • You must, at time of entry, be a student at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. If you recently graduated (less than 2 years prior) from Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, then you must have been a student when the film was completed.
  • For students that graduated in 2014 and want to submit their thesis films, you MUST submit by your graduation date (i.e. May 22nd 2016 if you graduated on May 22nd 2014)
  • Films must have a completion date of Jan 1, 2014 or later.
  • Films must be between 5 and 30 minutes, any genre.
  • Films must have been made under a class from Chapman University.
  • Submissions are OPEN and the submission deadline is: July 31, 2016 11:59 p.m. PST
  • There is a limit of one Entry per person and per email address and per Film during the Entry Period. (Only submit your best film)

invitation card for ucfti expo with text that says save the date

More about the event: The
is an annual event that seeks to unite the entertainment industries in the U.S. and China through a series of panels and exhibits, hosted in Los Angeles over a two day period. The Expo will feature exhibitors from both China and the U.S. showcasing products and services that are instrumental in making today’s films, television shows, news segments, etc. including: film and television production equipment, film and television studios and production companies, display/projection equipment, transmission systems, management and information systems, digital media, mobile media, post-production, and audio equipment. In previous years, luminaries have attended and spoken on panels like David Glasser of the Weinstein Company, Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti, producer Nina Yang Bongiovi, and other titans in the industry. You can see their teaser trailer for the upcoming event here:
and you can see their Hollywood Reporter press release here:

To submit, fill out the form on the Film Competition tab here:
and don’t forget to include a password to your film if it is password-protected – include it in the Brief Description box. Let’s show the rest of the world the quality films being produced here at Dodge.

For any questions or concerns regarding the competition, please contact Nathan Rillo at
or (310) 522-4145. Otherwise, contact the Film Festival Coordinator at Dodge for assistance: