RAWFF is the innovative film festival from acclaimed arts showcase presenters RAW: natural born artists. Taking place at the Bootleg Theater in Echo Park, Los Angeles, the one day pop-up shorts fest features work from local talent across Southern California and beyond. Numerous cinematic disciplines are represented, with a focus on fresh, edgy, subversive programming from innovative indies on the come-up. With a focus on multidisciplinary filmmakers and high conceptualization, the day and night are peppered with live performances and installations, each directly related to the films shown. Be prepared to open your mind, your eyes, and your ears…things are about to get RAW.

RAW Film Festival had one of the strongest festival programs that I’ve ever had the pleasure of being apart of. The level of talent on display inspired me and it was an honor to screen with fellow filmmakers of such high caliber. The festival’s focus on the artist and its celebration of all styles, genres and forms, highlights the unique visions and diverse voices that are working in Los Angeles independent film scene.
— Gerry Maravilla | RAWFF’16 Alum, Head of Crowdfunding @ Seed & Spark
RAW Film Festival is such an inspiring event...as an independent filmmaker, I continue to feel RAWFF’s strong support long after the festival in the form of a collaborative and creative community, local to home. This support is absolutely invaluable, has led to many unique opportunities, and I’m grateful to support and be a part of the community for years to come.
— Kayla Briët | RAWFF’16 Alum, Sundance Ignite Fellow + TED Fellow
RAW is a left of center film festival that really captures the DIY spirit of filmmaking. The organization are artists at heart so they aren’t afraid to take chances with their programming. The expertly curated festival lineup had something for everyone. The one-day event was more like an art show than a traditional film festival which I thought was amazing. The film blocks included live performances, a VR experience, and in-depth Q&A with the filmmakers. The venue was first-rate with an amazing sound system. Nick and the RAW family were inviting and on top of every detail. Great festival for those looking for an off-kilter film experience.
— Patrick Green | RAWFF'17 Alum, Music Editor @ CRAVE Online
Congrats on an amazing RAW Film Festival! Having attended both years, I can see the growth in audience, buzz, energy — please keep this going! It’s well on its way to becoming a much-talked-about festival. You killed it with the film programming too. The lineup was so strong!
— Chris Schwartz | RAWFF Jury Member + Moderator, Manager @ AFI Conservatory