The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival (LAFF) is back!

The festival first debuted in the spring of 1999 presenting a carefully curated mix of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The original founders including Mary Dippell and Jeff Perlis have partnered with Matthew Kallis to reestablish this premiere cultural experience. The return of this annual event is scheduled for May 29th - May 31st, 2020 and promises to elevate the festival experience with new categories and expanded offerings. The festival will once again be held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa where it attracted the attendance of over 1,500 filmmakers, celebrities, and film enthusiasts from around the world.

The LAFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating under the auspices of Friends of Lake Arrowhead Mountain Communities, a California Public Benefit Corporation whose mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors to Lake Arrowhead and its surrounding San Bernardino Mountain Communities.

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Paying it forward to humanity by celebrating the creative arts."

We support emerging voices and more established artists who promote inclusivity, open dialogue and environmental consciousness.




The LAFF is a prestigious signature event that celebrates not only today’s film, television and new media, but is a reminder of the area’s  illustrious past and connection to Hollywood, starting with Cecil B. DeMille discovering the mountains in 1914 and using them repeatedly over the next thirty years for some of his epic films.  Magnificent Mountain Movies authored by local film historian Lee Cozad captures this precious history; D.W. Griffith chose the San Bernardino Mountains for the classic, Birth of a Nation. From the silent era to present day, the pristine lakes have been a favorite spot for filmmakers to depict location settings for Alaska, Canada, Maine, and Switzerland.  For close to a century, almost every big name in Hollywood has, at one time or another made the journey to the mountain communities.

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The LAFF showcases music, film, and new media inspiring awareness and positive change. The festival embodies the spirit of this amazing community, and we are extending an invitation to everyone who would like to help with and support this great creative endeavor.

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