submissions are open!

Treehouse is now accepting short and feature film submissions for next year's film and music festival!

What started in 2015 as an intimate monthly popup event in Los Angeles, has evolved into a full-on annual music, film, and arts festival. In October of 2016, one year after its inception, dozens of musicians, filmmakers, comedians, and writers gathered to share their artistic works to thousands of audience members at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. Now we're ready to do it again!

The Treehouse Festival is a great opportunity to screen your film for the artistic community at a beautiful, high-quality venue (TBD), in a positive and creative environment. We accept narrative and documentary film submissions of all lengths. Music videos are also encouraged.

Submit your film:

Treehouse is proud to be a Preferred Festival at FilmFreeway, which offers an easy and comprehensive submission process, including free HD online screeners, digital press kits, and more. Treehouse does not accept physical media (DVD / Blu-ray) submissions, so please use the FilmFreeway link to submit.

Although this year's festival date and venue details are still being finalized, we can tell you that it will take place in Los Angeles, CA. Our programmers will be selecting a combination of feature films, short films, and music videos. Accepted filmmakers will receive passes for their cast and crew, which include access to musical performances as well. There are no premiere status requirements to screen at Treehouse.

2016 FILMS


Directed by Kristof Brandl

2:00 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 1


A comedy about isolation and loneliness, Affections follows a young woman, adrift, seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.

Written & Directed by Bridey Elliott
Starring: Bud Cort, Bridey Elliott, Rob Michael Hugel

2:00 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 1




Directed by Joshua Shultz
Starring: Amanda Smith, Edwin Hodge

2:00 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 1

awesome thank you

A new actor experiences the whirlwind of pilot season.

Directed by Jon Ryan
Written by Jon Ryan & Fahim Anwar
Starring: Buddy Wakefield

3:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 2


Immobile Home is a dark comedy about a girl who endures a colossal career failure and her ensuing odyssey for advice from the inhabitants of her small desert town.

Written & Directed by Kira & Tyler Cook
Starring: Kira Spencer Cook, Rose Abdoo, Brandon Bales

3:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 2

Thou Shalt Not Murder

Written & Directed by Micah Van Hove

Music by Elvis Depressedly

4:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 3


An East L.A. kid has an altercation with an auto shop owner while skateboarding home from school.

Directed by Josh Beck
Written by Ani Easton Baker & Josh Beck
Stars: Aaron Galindo, Luis Sagastume, Ani Easton Baker

4:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 3


A motion poem of memory and isolation, inspired by the choreography of Canadian artist Colin Connor.

Directed by Natalie Metzger
Starring: Melissa Bourkas

5:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 4


Thunder Road is a single-take, 12-minute movie of a man giving a eulogy for his mother through the words of Bruce Springsteen.

Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Written & Directed by Jim Cummings
Starring: Jim Cummings, Francesca I. Biasiolo, Melissa Papel

5:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 4

let's be civil, kenneth!

Written & Directed by Eric Pumphrey
Starring: Beth Riesgraf, Luke Baybak

6:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 5


Beth Martinson, a single mother, takes sordid actions to break up her daughter's toxic relationship, thus ensuring her future well-being.

Written & Directed by Joey Izzo
Starring: Beth Lisick, Whitmer Thomas, Esther Povitsky

6:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 5


An irreverent short story that confronts the polar-opposite roles of beauty and intelligence that women are so often boxed into by the media, this is a satirical take on the conventional fashion film.

Written & Directed by Wendy McColm
Starring: Jeanne Damas

7:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 6


Too Legit is a satire about campus sexual assault. The film follows a young woman who is impregnated after being raped and then goes on a journey to find out if the rape was “legitimate” or not.

Written & Directed by Frankie Shaw
Starring: Zoë Kravitz, Teresa Palmer, Nate Corddry

7:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 6

The Cyclist

Harry's awkward first date with Hannah takes a turn for the worse when her bicycle is stolen. As they hunt for the thief, they begin to warm up to each other, which leads to a surprising discovery.

Written & Directed by Morgan Krantz
Starring: Shannyn Sossamon, Luke Baybak, Riccardo LeBron

8:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 7


Pink Grapefruit


A young married couple brings two of their single friends out to Palm Springs for a long weekend. It does not go as planned.  

Directed by Michael Mohan
Writen by Chris Levitus & Michael Mohan
Starring: Wendy McColm, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

8:30 PM // Main Auditorium // Film Block 7