Since short films and new media series are taking Hollywood by storm, we decided to open a sister festival to our Hollywood Hills Screenwriting Competition (now in its third year) and reward outstanding filmmakers who not only write their stories - but produce them!

We offer Cash Prizes in each category for outstanding filmmaking and a series of Genre Awards! We also recognize individual filmmakers, directors, writers, and actors for their amazing work.

Have a screenplay? Check out our sister festival The Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition on FilmFreeway!

Cash Prizes for an outstanding entry in each category!

Awards are given out in each category in addition to the Genre Awards and awards for individual filmmakers and performers!

First Prize Short Film
First Runner Up Short Film
Second Runner Up Short Film
Best Student Short Film

Best Action Adventure Short Film
Best Drama Short Film
Best Comedy Short Film
Best Family Short Film
Best Romance Short Film
Best Horror/Thriller Short Film
Best Sci-Fi Short Film
Best Short Documentary

Best Short Film Director
Best Short Film Screenwriter
Best Short Film Cinematographer
Best Short Film Actress
Best Short Film Actor

First Prize New Media Award
First Runner Up New Media Award
Second Runner Up New Media Award

Best New Media Director
Best New Media Cinematographer
Best New Media Screenwriter
Best New Media Actress
Best New Media Actor

Best Music Video
Best Virtual Reality
Best Trailer

Short Film Cash Prize $250
New Media Cash Prize $250
Trailer Cash Prize $50
Music Video Cash Prize $50

And additional awards may be given out at the discretion of the HHA staff! 

By submitting to the Hollywood Hills Awards, you accept the following terms.

The individual or corporation submitting the project hereby warrants that it is authorized to act on behalf of the project, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

To be eligible for consideration:

We accept entries in all languages, but non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

We only accept online submissions through FilmFreeway.

Entrants must be 18 years or older.

Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per entry, and are non-refundable. The Hollywood Hills Awards reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.

Entrants must fully comply with the entry deadlines. 

The Hollywood Hills Awards reserves the right to refuse entries. Unfortunately, fee waivers are not available for this festival. Requests for fee waivers are not responded to and labeled as spam.

All Award Certificates and Laurels will be sent digitally by email.

After an entry has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified and the entry will be listed on our website(s) under official selections. Official selection means that you can use the Hollywood Hills Awards laurels on your poster, film, and website. If you did not place as a Top Finalist or Winner, you do not have permission to use those laurels on any of your media or on any of your projects.

Cash Prizes are in US Dollars. 

Cash Prize winners must respond to email contact within 10 days about payment. If there is no response in 10 days, then the winners forfeit their cash awards. Cash Prize will only be transferred through Paypal. If the winner does not have a PayPal account, they must create one to receive the Cash Prize. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.

The Hollywood Hills Awards are hereby granted the rights to list the name/title of the entry, a logline or description of the entry, and the name of filmmakers or performers associated with it, on the Hollywood Hills Awards website or other Hollywood Hills social media accounts. All nominees, official selections, finalists, and winners agree to allow the Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition to publish their entry name, entry title, and award on sites and social media accounts relating to the Hollywood Hills Awards, including but not limited to: FilmFreeway, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and any Hollywood Hills Awards website.

All winners also agree to let us email out logline, name, and title to list of film industry contacts.

Genre Award Winners and Runner Ups in all categories do not receive cash prizes. Only the categories and titles specified receive cash prizes.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Hollywood Hills Awards, 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.

The Hollywood Hills Awards reserves the right to refuse entries and to change these terms, conditions, rules, and award categories at any time without notice

By submitting your film to the Hollywood Hills Awards, the individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to act on behalf of the film, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Rachelle Lynn

    Thank you for selecting me!!!

    May 2019
  • Winning an award at The Hollywood Hills Awards for our American Heart Association music video "Hands Only CPR Hip Hop" was an invaluable experience. Seeing my story brought to life by the very talented people at ARG! Cartoon Animation has been a highlight of my film career. Thanks a million to producer Sara Tobin, composer Maya Miko, animators Matt Rebel and Ayla Radies, and especially to the hard working Hollywood Hills Awards staff... this was so much fun!


    January 2018
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank you! The Cop Cam, Best Horror Short & The Stream Teaser, Best Teaser. If could give you more stars I would. Keep up the good work, Your festival rocks.
    Cynthia Bergen
    No Sleep Films

    October 2017
  • Earl Palmer

    This was my films first award, so you will never be forgotten :-)

    October 2017

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your notice that my film is WINNER for the competiotion – I am very glad about it. I wish success to the wonderful festival!
    Thank you Festival Team. Great team, excellent communication.

    Best regards
    Maribor, Slovenia, EU

    October 2017