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
  • Michael Grodner

    Great festival. Alessandro and his associates did a great job promoting the festival, communicating with the filmmakers and making us all feel welcome. I definitely recommend.

    October 2017
  • Liam Parry

    Great festival run by passionate, talented people. All the films we showed with were great, and the community involvement was terrific. Discounts at a lot of local spots, and a great awards brunch. Well worth the submission fee.

    October 2017
  • Kays Al-Atrakchi

    Even thought Highland Park is a fairly new festival, it's really great, well organized, and programmed with amazing films. Highly recommend it!

    October 2016
  • Rachel Howard

    Great people! They are filmmakers as well so they know how we feel. I was impressed!

    October 2016