Our Live Event at the Marilyn Monroe Theater last April 19th-21st was an absolute blast with completely sold-out sessions! 🎉 Congratulations to all filmmakers whose films were screened. Check out the pictures above !! 📷.

It was a thrilling showcase, discovering the newest and most innovative, independent films from around the world. With Q&A's and networking cocktails every day.

At HOLLYWOOD SHORTSFEST, we're committed to helping up-and-coming filmmakers promote their work to global audiences. Our mission is to screen the best independent films of all genres, so don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of this amazing event. We are committed to screening all the winning films from the main categories in our Live Showcase with over 70 films.

As a GOLD FilmFreeway competition, we're proud to offer cash awards of USD 4000 per year to our winners. Our Live Screening Event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your short film, to network with other industry professionals, and to have an amazing time, surrounded by people who share your same passion.

In addition to the live event, HOLLYWOOD SHORTSFEST has created a social media platform where you can stay updated on latest projects through interviews, Q&A sessions, and video presentations. After each online event, our jury will choose a short film to receive the special GRAND JURY AWARD, which comes with a cash prize of USD 1000. We'll also be awarding a USD 1000 Cash Prize to the Audience Award winner at the Live Event and a JURY AWARD of USD 1000 Cash Prize to the Jury's winner of the Live Event line up.

Our Judging Team consists of professionals from different fields of the film industry who have no ties to the films in competition. Each season, we invite judges from around the world to select the best films and artists in all categories. All main category winning films will be screened at our live event. Plus, all official selection films will be screened at our virtual event.

Join us for an unforgettable three-day celebration of the most innovative and talented independent filmmakers from all over the world at HOLLYWOOD SHORTSFEST. Don't pass up on this fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the excitement and discover the best of independent cinema across all genres.

Every Quarter, a special GRAND JURY AWARD will be granted, receiving a CASH PRIZE OF USD 1000. Will you be the next winner?
USD 5000 CASH AWARDS PER YEAR 🏆🏆

MAIN CATEGORIES:
BEST SHORT
BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER SHORT
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST STUDENT SHORT
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
BEST STUDENT ANIMATED SHORT
BEST DRAMA SHORT
BEST COMEDY SHORT
BEST HORROR SHORT
BEST MUSIC VIDEO

TECHNICAL & PERFORMANCES CATEGORIES:
BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR
BEST MALE DIRECTOR
BEST FEMALE STUDENT DIRECTOR
BEST MALE STUDENT DIRECTOR
BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST SCREENWRITING
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST NEW ACTOR/ACTRESS
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST SOUND DESIGN
BEST EDITING
BEST PRODUCER
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

SHORT FILM SELECTION PROCESS
Once you submit your project, it will be reviewed by our screeners team.
Film rating will be based on originality and creativity, direction, writing, cinematography, performances, production value, pacing, structure, sound & music.
Films with the highest scores will be part of the Official Selection and will receive an email notification with the corresponding laurel.
Non-Selected films will also receive an email from FilmFreeway on the notification date.

All Official Selection movies will be screened in our online Event.
All Official Selection movies will be watched and reviewed by our Jury who will select the winners.

At the end of the online screening, the winners of each category will be announced.
All the main category winners (Short, Foreign Language, First Time Filmmaker, Experimental, Documentary, Student, Student Animated Short, Animated Short, Drama, Comedy, Horror, and Music Video) will be automatically selected for our annual Live Event in the wonderful city of Hollywood.
Additionally, our curator will invite some top-notch, exceptional projects to participate in the live event.

Each winner will be notified via email from FilmFreeway and HSF, and we will attach a personalized achievement certificate, as well as the Official Laurels.
Winners will be announced on our website in the WINNERS section and promoted on our social media!

IF YOU SUBMIT YOUR FILM, YOU AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING RULES:

FILMS MUST BE 40 MINUTES OR LESS.

FILMS MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE DATE THE PROJECT IS SUBMITTED.

FILMS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH A PRIVATE LINK (VIMEO, YOUTUBE, FilmFreeway, SELF HOSTED). OTHER FORMAT IS CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTED.

QUALITY STANDARDS MUST BE MET. BELOW 720P RESOLUTION, POOR AUDIO QUALITY, ETC WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

FILMS CONTAINING ANY OTHER LANGUAGE THAN ENGLISH MUST HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

HSF HAS NO PREMIERE STATUS REQUIREMENTS.

ALL FEES ARE NON TRANSFERABLE AND NON REFUNDABLE.

WE DO NOT OFFER FEE WAIVERS.

HSF MAY USE PORTIONS OF YOUR FILM (INCLUDING TRAILER/TEASER/STILL/POSTER) FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES.

YOU MUST OWN THE RIGHTS ON YOUR FILM IN ORDER TO SUBMIT IT.

FESTIVAL EVENT DATES AND TIMES MAY BE DELAYED OR CHANGED.

A DCP COPY OF YOUR FILM MIGHT BE REQUESTED FOR THE LIVE EVENTS.

We are not liable for any copyright infringements or unauthorized usage and any conflict should be settled by the parties involved thereof.

You are responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity.

HSF can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any questions regarding this decision, feel free to contact us.

All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at the FilmFreeway website.

Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers nor feedback will be given about not selected films.

When submitting your film, you are consenting to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to respecting each filmmaker's preferences. We might contact you through your email or social media provided in the submission page to communicate updates on your submission status, screening and DCP requirements, events ticket confirmation, as well as to provide information about events, services, promotions that we think you might be interested in. You can unsubscribe from any marketing or advertising newsletter from us or any partner festival simply by clicking unsubscribe.
Even when unsubscribing from a marketing newsletter, you can still receive any communication regarding your submission status through the FilmFreeway system. For more information about our associated event, please refer to hollywoodshortsfest.com. If you need further information, please contact us via hello@hollywoodshortsfest.com, and we will be happy to help you.

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  • Chris Retei

    The Hollywood Shortsfest is a great way to get your film viewed. The team behind the festival was very clear and helpful in communication. Thank you again to Hollywood Shortsfest for screening my film!

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Chris, thank you for your kind review! We're thrilled you enjoyed the festival and appreciated our communication. It was a pleasure to screen NORMALICE in our Virtual one!

  • Mike Pecci

    A surprisingly fantastic experience. Great films, great screening!

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Mike, thanks for your kind review! We loved COME HOME and it was great to have it in our lineup. We will invite you next year. See you at 2025!

  • Yoo Lee

    The enthusiasm, love and care the festival organizers have for the festival is apparent. The line-up is stellar and the theater was packed to the capacity with electric energy filling the theater. Thank you!

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    YOO LEE!!!!Thank you so much for your beautiful words! We are overjoyed to hear that our enthusiasm, love, and care for the festival shone through. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed the stellar line-up and the vibrant energy of the packed theater. Your appreciation means the world to us! We are sure we will meet any other time! Warm regards from the whole team!

  • Victor Guilbaud

    Great festival, great organisation, thank you !

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Cher Victor, Thank you so much for your kind words! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed the festival and appreciated the organization. We look forward to welcoming you again!

  • Riley Wadden

    Thank you for having my short film Disconnect be apart of your festival! It was an amazing opportunity and your team was very communicative and helpful in prep for the festival.

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Riley, Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled that you enjoyed being part of our festival with your short film "Disconnect." It was a pleasure to have your film in our lineup, and we're glad our team could provide the support you needed. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!