Since 2000, the festival has supported independent filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world with advice, feedback, industry connections and mentorships. Over the years thousands of stories have been artfully told. Audiences have been inspired, charmed and entertained each year. Patrons and Filmmakers connect to revel in the natural beauty of Big Bear Lake during an intimate weekend of of films, and special events.



Our Mission

The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting the emerging talents of independent filmmakers and screenwriters. The festival creates an exhilarating atmosphere in which individuals from the film community share their work and engage with our audiences in a friendly and idyllic setting.


If you find yourself in Southern California in mid-September, plan on attending the Big Bear International Film Festival. You won’t be disappointed.
— Jack Lyons