We are the tropical Hollywood Florida Film Festival with warm beaches and amazing nightlife. Nestled twenty minutes from Miami and ten minutes from Fort Lauderdale. It's the best festival under the Florida sunshine. Known as Hollywood by the sea...

We are giving 1st, 2nd and Accolade awards for excellence in filmmaking in all categories. All filmmakers will also receive a goodie bag from our sponsors full of goodies. Invited to the filmmaker's breakfast social, red carpets and after parties.

YOU MUST LABEL YOUR SCREENER & ENVELOPE WITH FILM'S CATEGORY. For example: Professional Feature (PF), Professional Short (PS), Professional Documentary (PD), Int'l Collegiate Short Narrative (SS), Int'l Collegiate Narrative (SN), Int'l Collegiate Documentary (SD), Int'l Collegiate Animation (SA).

We do not require a press kit to be sent with your preview. If your film is selected, we will then request materials as described under "Check List" in each category. While you need not provide ALL these items, you may refer to this list for guidance.

Your entry through filmfreeway.com authorizes us to show clips on televison for marketing and/or news programs. If you receive early acceptance, all press material must be received by December 15th for professional categories only.

-Student status
-Name of school & city
-School contact

We only notify of acceptance, but if at any time you want to inquire about the status of your film, please email info@hfff.info You must indicate FilmFreeway #, which competition, which category, and title of film in order for us to help you.

If selected, your entry through filmfreeway.com authorizes us to show clips on television for marketing and/or news programs. If a film is selected, filmmaker authorizes the film to play again if it wins an award or selected for future outreach screenings in selected HFFF venues within the same year including one (1) year proceeding selection year. Once a film has been selected, it cannot be pulled by the filmmaker. All material for the Professional Competition must be received by January 15th. Once a film is submitted and previewed for acceptance it cannot be withdrawn. Hollywood Florida Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. If selected, your entry authorizes us to show clips on television for marketing and/or news programs. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Hollywood Florida Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Sean Renzetti

    To be honored with an Official Selection from my home town festival was with little words, awesome! The festival had to adjust to the global pandemic and did it in a way that kept the festival exciting! They created a space and opportunity for the films to still be viewed by the community. Very innovative!

    February 2021
  • Thank you very much for the opportunity to take part in your festival! And for the fact that your jury considered my film one of the best!

    February 2021
  • Michel Dominguez Beddome

    What a fun film festival!! So wish we could have gone in person! All the virtual events were so fun and so well curated! So happy we got to experience this festival and be counted among all the other films accepted here. Thank you so much from the "What's in the Woods?" Team!

    December 2020
  • We can't thank Hollywood Florida Film Festival enough for the wonderful award received for our film Chapter 9! Simona, Minh, Henry, and everyone else did such an amazing job, especially with their virtual COVID accommodations. A strong recommendation from my team and me!

    November 2020
  • Carlos Antonio Leon

    This festival is a MUST for independent filmmakers all over the world. Great feedback, wonderful one-on-one interviews, lots of opportunities to network and connect to others...and GREAT parties! Don't hesitate to give it a try...to me, it's TOP RATED! thank you Simona and Co. for the great times!!! ONWARD!

    November 2020