Film Maudit 2.0

January 12-24, 2021


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Film Maudit 2.0 is a festival in Los Angeles of outre films, inspired by legendary artist Jean Cocteau’s festival, Le Film Maudit, which celebrated a group of films that were criminally overlooked and neglected at the time. The second year of Film Maudit 2.0 will take place January 12-24, 2021. The term film maudit literally means “cursed films,” and this showcase of counter-cinema will blend together both narrative, documentary and experimental films that in their style and/or subject matter, are deliberately bold, extreme, confrontational, troubling, shocking and/or unusual. We are looking for adventuresome works that deal with socio-political issues, taboo subjects, and challenge artistic assumptions and sexual mores.

About The Presenter

The festival is co-presented by Southern California's boldest center for new performance and media arts, Highways Performance Space & Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. In its 31st year, Highways continues to be an important alternative cultural center in Los Angeles that encourages radical artists from diverse communities to develop and present innovative new works. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a hub of experimental theater, dance, solo drama and other multimedia performance,” Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.


  • Films can be of any length. 

  • Films must be available in .mov, .mp4 or Blu-Ray for screening.

  • Any non-English language film must be submitted with English subtitles.

  • Submitted films must have been completed between January 1, 2019 and October 1, 2020.

  • All copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed or fall under the conditions of fair use.


  • By submitting to Film Maudit 2.0, you are granting Highways Performance Space and Gallery the right to usage of any excerpt of your film for promotional content.

  • Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn for any reason.

  • Screening fees will not be provided.