WE CELEBRATED OUR LIVE AND PUBLIC EVENT LAST MAY 7TH 2022 AT THE EMBLEMATIC RALEIGH STUDIOS IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. CHECK THE EVENT PHOTOS ABOVE!.

HOLLYWOOD SHORTSFEST is a GOLD FilmFreeway competition with an Annual Live Event to be celebrated at the Raleigh Studios in the city of Los Angeles and quarterly online screening events. HOLLYWOOD SHORTSFEST is rated one of the TOP 50 MOST POPULAR FILM FESTIVALS.

We are committed to promote new filmmakers projects and showcase their films to international audiences. Our mission is to screen independent films of all genres from all around the world.

The Live Event will take place at the historic Raleigh Studios located at 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles. Our Live Screening Event will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase your short film and get the chance to network with other colleagues from the industry. All main category winners will be screened at our public Live Event.

USD 5000 CASH AWARDS PER YEAR.
OUR JURY WILL CHOOSE QUARTERLY a short from the Official Selection to award the special GRAND JURY PRIZE, RECEIVING A CASH PRIZE OF USD 1500.

HSF HAS CREATED A SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM TO SHOWCASE THE NEW PROJECTS THROUGH INTERVIEWS, Q&A AND VIDEO PRESENTATIONS.

Our Judging Team is made up of juries from different fields of the film industry who have no ties to the films in competition. Each Season we invite judges from all around the world who will select the best films and artists in all categories.

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, Animated, Drama, Comedy, Horror, and Music Video) will be automatically selected for our annual live event at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.
Additionally, our curator will invite some exceptional projects to participate in the live event.
At the end of each virtual screening, the jury will announce the Best Short Film of the Season that will receive a cash prize of USD 1500.
Each winner will be notified via email from FilmFreeway and HSF, and we will attach a personalized achievement certificate and the official laurels.
Winners will be announced on our website in the WINNERS section and promoted on social media.

Every Quarter, a special GRAND JURY PRIZE will be granted , RECEIVING A CASH PRIZE OF USD 1500.
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

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.

Feedback will not be given to non-selected films

HSF can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any questions regarding this decision, you might 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 will be given about not selected films.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • A great young festival that goes above and beyond to create a wonderful event for the filmmakers. I wish I could have made it to the live event, but it looked great, and the team had great communication throughout the process.

    May 2022
  • James Lees

    A great new festival in the heart of the industry. The organizers are so friendly and welcoming and it is great they hold the festival in a film studio steeped in such incredibly history.

    May 2022
  • Kelly Galindo

    The moderator of Hollywood Shortfest was spectacular. Asked great questions to the film makers. Overall, very hospitable and respectful to the film-makers. Great event.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kelly for coming to the Live Event!, Congratulations again on 26 SECONDS!, awesome documentary,

  • The Fest was a lot of fun, the venue was really cool, inside Raleigh studios and the theatre was a good size.

    I really appreciated the thoughtful questions of the Q&A and for giving all the filmmakers in attendance their own Q&A opportunity was great. I would definitely recommend submitting.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Omar!, we are so happy you enjoyed the Live Event as much as we did, thank you for coming and for giving us the opportunity to screen your film!.

  • Weichi Chen

    It‘s sad that I can't go to the event offline because I am not in United States recently. However, I still got through an amazing experience took part in the festival online. Thanks a lot.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Weichi! We were glad to screen your film on our Live Event at the Raleigh Studios.