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.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

- Submissions are open to all filmmakers, topics, and genres. Features are films 60 minutes and up. Shorts are films under 45 minutes.
- Please fill out all fields on application form. Both pages must be filled out, scanned, and emailed to info@hpifilmfest.com.
- Early submissions must be received by Monday 7/4/17 with a fee of $50 features / $45 student (w/ valid ID); $30 shorts / $25 student (w/ valid ID).
- Final deadline submission date is Monday 8/1/17 with a fee of $55 features / $50 student (w/ valid ID); $35 shorts / $30 student (w/ valid ID).
- Filmmaker must provide a Vimeo or Youtube link screener along with a digital entry form (Download on website www.hpifilmfest.com).
- Entry fees can be paid via Paypal or you can make check payable to Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF). Please write the title of the film in the subject line of the check.
- The Required Terms of Agreement must be signed and dated by applicant to be considered for selection.
- Filmmakers can submit more than 1 film with a submission form and entry fee for each submission.
- If selected, exhibition copy must be received by Monday 9/5/17.
- If selected exhibition will be in a digital format please provide us with a (DCP or Pro Res 422 Quicktime file - Shorts only or DCP - Features only). Files must be delivered on a Mac-compatible external hard drive or flash drive.
- Upload a digital press kit with application. This includes film stills, synopsis, bios, and list of cast/crew.
- Questions? Email: info@hpifilmfest.com

4 Reviews

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Rachel Howard

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

    October 2016