★ ★ ★ HIFF Hollywood Star laurels awarded to every entrant ★ ★ ★

Each year HIFF awards hundreds of entrants with category wins, GOLDEN CINE, EXCELLENCE, MERIT and HONORABLE MENTION titles.
Using a scoring system, all entries are graded on a 100 point scale. Entries receiving over a required number of points receive an award. The number of points determines the level of the award.

Awards & Prizes

Best Narrative Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Writer (produced film)
Best Script (spec screenplay/teleplay or stage play)
Golden Cine Awards
Awards of Excellence
Awards of Merit
Honorable Mentions

Golden Cine, Excellence, Merit, Honorable Mention awards and winning entries of each category receive HIFF Winner Laurels and a mention on the official HIFF website.

Every entrant also receives an official HIFF Hollywood Star laurel.

Rules & Terms


All entries must be submitted in English or have English subtitles/translations.

The depiction of animal abuse or animal violence, whether real, simulated or implied, is not accepted. Any entries with content of this kind will be automatically disqualified and deemed ineligible for any awards or recognition given to eligible entrants such as but not limited to the HIFF Hollywood Star Laurel. No refund of entry fees will be given.

By entering your film/video into the festival, you give Headline International Film Festival the right to use related material from the film for promotional purposes, unless informed otherwise by the entrant.

No fee waivers.

If your film/video is selected for the festival, you allow Headline International Film Festival the right to upload a film still/poster and/or a promotional video clip/trailer online for promotional purposes, unless informed otherwise by the entrant.

All winning entrants will have their entry marked as "Accepted" and/or "Award Winner" on their FilmFreeway account. Please note this does not necessarily mean you film will be screened at our event as only the jury favorites from our category award winners will be screened at a chosen North American venue.

If your film has been selected to screen at our event, we will contact you directly with additional instructions.

All entry fees are non-refundable. Entries received without payment of the entry fee will be automatically disqualified.

Upon entering your film/video/screenplay into the festival, you are accepting sole responsibility of securing all permissions from the copyright owner(s) of all content and material within your film/video. Headline International Film Festival will not be held responsible for any unauthorized inclusion of any copyright or trademarked content or material within your film/video/script.

HIFF reserves the right to not award a winner in categories where significant quality entries have not been received.

After the judging process is complete, Headline International Film Festival will attempt to notify all entrants of the results, using the contact information provided on the entry form. It is the entrant's responsibility to ensure all contact information given is current and correct.

Not all winning films will be screened at our event. Film selection will be made by the Headline International Film Festival Committee. Filmmakers of screening films will be contacted. HIFF cannot assist with or reimburse any travel, visa, immigration or accommodation costs pertaining to attending the event.

HIFF reserves to right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.


All Narrative films (shorts and features) made or produced by person(s) outside of a film school system are eligible for the HIFF Narrative Film Competition.

All Documentary films (shorts and features) made or produced by person(s) outside of a film school system are eligible for the HIFF Documentary Film Competition.

All Narrative and Documentary films (shorts and features) made by a film student or in association with a film school are eligible for the HIFF Student Film Competition.

Screenplays, Teleplays and Stage Plays of any length are eligible for the HIFF Script Competition.

9 Reviews

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    Anthony Donovan

    Profound gratitude to Headline International Film Festival for recognizing Good Thinking, Those Who've Tried To Halt Nuclear Weapons. It was prescient of you, and wise. Unfortunatly, I was in Rome during your festival, hand delivering the documentary to Pope Francis's residence, who has been a leader in encouraging the world abolish these weapons, and just this past weekend honoring those colleagues who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts getting the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by 122 nations. The media of our nuclear states continues to ignore and dismiss these efforts, so recognition from you is very heartening. By sharing this information, you are part of winning this Peace Prize. Thank you very deeply. Someday, I will get to Vancouver. I hear it's heaven.

    November 2017
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    Alexis Chaviaras

    I recommend the HIFF. Especially to the filmmakers who are starting their festival circuit and need to have their work recognised.

    December 2016
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    Ignacio Redondo

    Great festival! Very good communication. Highly recommended!!

    December 2016
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    Shockadelic -

    Thank you for the Award of Merit for my screenplay Loonatoona.

    December 2016
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    Pedro Jaen R.

    Very good festival! Interesting content. You help greatly to promote new films and authors.

    December 2016