The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival is back!

The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival (LAFF) first debuted in the spring of 1999 presenting a carefully curated mix of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The festival will once again be held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa where it attracts thousands of filmmakers, celebrities, and film enthusiasts from around the world.

Only ninety miles from Los Angeles, this signature cultural event has been reimagined with new award categories and expanded offerings including the LAFF Masterclasses by highly regarded directors, producers, writers, agents, managers, distributors and educators on subjects of interest to students, film enthusiasts and entertainment industry professionals.

This season the LAFF has added special awards for filmmakers sharing stories of hope in our divided world. We will honor work that promotes inclusivity, open dialog and environmental consciousness.

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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Celebrating the transformational power of media - past, present and future."

We support emerging voices and more established artists, showcasing their work while providing education and networking opportunities in a beautiful mountain setting on the shores of Lake Arrowhead.




The LAFF is a prestigious cultural 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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With this marvelous history, the first Lake Arrowhead Film Festival was held in the spring of 1999. Film Festival honorees have included Beau Bridges, the John Carradine family (John, David, Keith and Robert), Richard Chamberlain, the Kirk Douglas family (Kirk, Michael, and Joel), Ernie Hudson, June Lockhart, Joe Mantegna, Christopher McDonald, Eric Roberts, Gena Rowlands, Harry Sherman and Vincent Spano.



The Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of mountain community residents, organizations, local businesses, foundations, and the hard work of our directors, advisors, volunteers and loyal members of the community as well as industry supporters residing throughout Southern California.


 The LAFF is a wonderful cultural event in a beautiful resort setting on Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains less than two hours drive from L.A.



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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