Big Bear Film Summit

Big Bear Film Summit Celebrates Over 100 Years of Filmmaking in Big Bear Lake! Join in the celebration June 12-14, 2020!

The 1st Annual Big Bear Film Summit is set to hit Big Bear Lake this June 12-14 at the Performing Arts Center! Big Bear has been Hollywood’s filming back lot for over 100 years, supplying the stunning forested mountain backdrop for more than 400 motion pictures like: “The Last Of The Mohicans” (1920) “Gone With The Wind” (1939),“Old Yeller” (1957) and “The Parent Trap” (1961).

“The Big Bear Film Summit celebrates the art of independent cinema and will provide a sustainable annual offseason tourism event in a rural area that enjoys significant local community involvement. All visitors who attend the festival will be encouraged to engage in the creative process by participating in seminars, events and workshops running in parallel to the festival screenings” CEO Gabriel Horn

Big Bear Film Summit aims to educate and encourage the entertainment industry to bring more film production to the Big Bear Valley region. Local filmmakers Gabriel Horn (CEO/Co-President) and Michael P. Hanson (Executive Director/Co-President) are proud to present the Big Bear Film Summit with a commemorative tribute to the films shot in Big Bear, as well as a film and screenplay competition and live music performances over the three day festival and industry conference.

“The goal of BBFS is to insure that domestic and international artists, producers, and film directors attend the festival and participate in discussions about their work and about the art of filmmaking, and that they are given the opportunity to see what our region has to offer, in the hope that they will return to make subsequent films here benefiting from a new proposed regional film incentive program” Executive Director Michael P. Hanson

Fifty independent U.S. and international features and short films will be screened in both showcase and competition settings. Panel discussions will invite the audience to interact with the artists and discuss their work. Film competition categories include: Documentary, animated and narrative features and shorts, screenplay, and music videos.

Film and screenplay submissions are now open at

More details about the event can be found at, and on the event’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels, including festival sponsorship opportunities and event ticket packages!