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Film + Arts + Festival

Boston Court • Pasadena, California • June 8th - 10th, 2023

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Opening Statement

AutoMoto is an all-inclusive platform that features and promotes the work of filmmakers and content creators where automotive or motorcycle culture is a central theme or focus. Our goal is to present an elevated level of programming that motor enthusiasts will appreciate. In addition, participants will be able to experience the festival atmosphere of AutoMoto by contributing feedback, helping promote the work they find to be excellent, and assisting in the judging process. We strive to be a community that promotes and presents creators from all walks of life.

In past years we have held our festival in Detroit and Monterey bringing attention to diverse filmmakers from around the globe.

In its fourth year, the AutoMoto Film + Arts + Festival will be hosting several live and virtual events over the next six months culminating with a live festival in Southern California that will honor the best submissions from filmmakers and content creators. 
All submitted content will be considered for our live event and virtual festival. We'll direct you to FilmFreeway for film or video content submissions. Fine artists, photographers, and writers should email

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The work presented should be a story from the automotive or motorcycling world that is told in a wonderful cinematic way and embodies the passions of our audience. We motivate filmmakers to submit feature films, documentaries, experimental films, installation/instructional films, and animation films. We accept submissions of series in their entirety or single episodes in each category.  

PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTIONS: Films produced or commissioned by an agency, company, or other entity for commercial use on web, television, or film. We encourage filmmakers, companies, and agencies to submit projects here.

Micro: under 10 min
Short: 10 min - 59 min
Full Length: 60 min or longer

INDEPENDENT: Films privately produced with no commercial backing that would define it as not a professional production and not as a student film. This is the general category for amateur filmmakers.

Micro: under 10 min
Short: 15 min - 59 min
Full Length: 60 min or longer

STUDENT ENTRIES: Films produced as a project while an active film student. Filmmakers do not need to be currently enrolled, however, the piece submitted must have been produced while in an accredited film school program. Please include the school name and dates attended along with your submission.

Micro: under 10 min
Short: 10 min - 59 min
Full Length: 60 min or longer

Dates & Deadlines

Earlybird Deadline: December 1st, 2022

Regular Deadline: February 1st, 2023

Late Deadline: March 15, 2023

Notification Date: April 15th, 2023

Event Date: June 8th-10th, 2023

Rules & Terms

To see all comprehensive information surrounding the application process, please visit our FilmFreeway page,


Submissions may be a work-in-progress form; however, works that are not final cuts must be clearly marked “Work in Progress (WIP)” or “Rough Cut” with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.g., temp sound, Avid output, missing animation, etc.)

We encourage filmmakers to submit their work as early as possible.

Note: Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film, and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met, including if eligibility status changes post-submission.

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