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

★ IMDB Qualifying Festival: http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0004201

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.

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.

All winners are eligible to have their award listed on IMDB: www.imdb.com/event/ev0004201

Every entrant also receives an official HIFF Hollywood Star laurel.


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.

Overall Rating
  • BC Bogey

    Totally cool. Except that it's in Canada. Jus kiddn :-D

    January 2019
  • Stevie Jackson

    We were very pleased to receive an Honourable Mention for our short film "Honestly Charlotte." Thanks very much, and definitely worth the entry fee!

    May 2018
  • Thank you so much for letting our film take part in your festival. We will be happy to present your films in the future. Thanks again.

    April 2018
  • James Carroll

    Great Festival. Great communications. It was an honor to be part of it.

    March 2018
  • Prab Kainth

    Thank you for encouraging new talent like myself. I look forward to submitting my entry again. I'll definitely recommend this film festival.

    January 2018