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.

Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Horror Film
Best Student Film
Audience Choice Award
Best Performance
Best Ensemble Performance
Best Cinematography
Best Musical Composition


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 7/1/22 with a fee of $50 features / $45 student (w/ valid ID); $30 shorts / $25 student (w/ valid ID).

Final deadline submission date is Monday 8/8/22 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 9/13/22.

Questions? Email: max@hpifilmfest.com

Overall Rating
  • Caleb King

    What an enjoyable experience it was to screen our short film Gardenia at this years Highland Park Independent Film Fest!
    We had an opportunity to meet and network with some really talented filmmakers.
    We loved Marita's positivity and enthusiasm and thank you to Alessandro, April and all of the other programmers for recognizing and supporting our film!

    October 2021
  • Edd Benda

    When I first met festival producer Marita at the Highland Theatre after our screening block, her contagious enthusiasm and energy was the perfect explanation for why HPIFF is an absolute blast! I am thankful they included our short film "Farmer Lee" in their 2021 program, and we enjoyed attending and being part of a fun, diverse group of shorts during our program. We felt a great sense of camaraderie with the other filmmakers at the festival, and we look forward to returning. Thanks for having us!

    October 2021
  • Fantastic festival experience. They had so many fun events for those selected in the fest and those coming as fans. The screenings were done in top notch movie theaters.

    The organizers were amazing and made all participants feel welcome. There were several special events throughout the week. At a few events we even got to hob knob with some big time writer/directors in the film world.

    If you live in Southern California this festival is an absolute no brainer. And if you don't, it's well worth the trek. Cool neighborhood and unfettered access to the festival experience. Outside of an expensive prestige festival it's tough to find a more fulfilling festival experience.

    January 2021
  • Anna Tes

    HPIFF was fantastic. The fact that they were able to put together a drive-in experience during Covid times was an accomplishment in itself! I feel so lucky to have been invited to screen my short amongst a group of other talented filmmakers. Hearing folks shine high beams and honk horns for everyone was so fun!

    November 2020
  • I am truly honored that our film “The Fixer” had its Southern California Premiere at the 2020 Highland Park Independent Film Festival. When other festivals cancelled, postponed, or went virtual due to the Covid pandemic, HPIFF stayed true to its roots as a local community festival in the heart of Northeast Los Angeles.

    My ultimate respect goes to Co-Founders Alessandro Gentile and Marita De La Torre, along with the entire festival team, for their relentless resolve and commitment to keep the HPIFF community spirit alive by delivering such an awesome in-person two-night drive-in film festival experience.

    It was wonderful to be surrounded by friends, family, and fellow cinephiles watching our film “The Fixer” along with 21 carefully curated, exceptional shorts as the graced the BIG SCREEN under a full moon over two nights on the top deck of Eagle Rock Plaza.

    October 2020