HIGHLAND PARK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (HPIFF) fosters emerging and established filmmakers by providing forums for screening projects, networking with industry professionals and mentoring student filmmakers in Northeast Los Angeles. All films will screen at the historic Highland Theatre on a DCP system.

All filmmakers will be competing for two prestigious awards: Best Cinematography and Best Musical Composition. Other awards include: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Feat Doc, Best Short Doc, & Audience Choice - Best Short

- Submissions are open to all filmmakers, topics, and genres. Features are films 60 minutes and up. Shorts are films under 45 minutes.
- Regular deadline submission date is Monday 7/9/18 with a fee of $50 features / $45 student (w/ valid ID); $30 shorts / $25 student (w/ valid ID).
- Final deadline submission date is Monday 8/6/18 with a fee of $55 features / $50 student (w/ valid ID); $35 shorts / $30 student (w/ valid ID).
- Filmmakers can submit more than 1 film.
- If selected exhibition will be through our DCP system. Please provide us with a DCP presentation file and a Pro Res 422 Quicktime back up file. Files must be delivered on a Mac-compatible external hard drive or flash drive and must be received NO LATER than Monday 9/10/18.
- Upload a digital press kit with application. This includes film stills, synopsis, bios, and list of cast/crew.
- Questions? Email: info@hpifilmfest.com

Overall Rating
  • So much fun! Beautiful theater. Awesome neighborhood. Really strong blocks of movies. Enjoyed hanging out with fellow filmmakers. Parties were great mixers. The awards brunch is a ton of fun too. Great festival!

    November 2018
  • Jake Gigliotti

    Great festival run by people with a lot of heart. Can't wait to submit again next year.

    October 2018
  • This was a wonderful event held in a historic theater by folks who truly love independent filmmaking. I would encourage anyone in the Los Angeles area to summit or attend this unique festival in your backyard.

    October 2018
  • adam hutsell

    We were privileged to be able to premiere our film at HPIFF, and were very impressed by the warmth and passion displayed by the festival organizers. It was a lively indie spirit, with great films programmed across many genres.
    I also must add that everything ran smoothly, the films were displayed with no technical difficulty whatsoever, and we felt our film was well represented and displayed.

    October 2018
  • Pamela Wilson

    The Highland Park Film Festival has an amazing staff that displays professionalism and support at every opportunity. The Highland Theatre is a great showcase for films in a vibrant neighborhood with plenty of dining and entertainment options.

    October 2018