The Hollywood Independent Film Festival will have its third edition and aims to promote the American and World Cinema.
Held in the city of Los Angeles, the Festival will award the best films with a Certificate of Award and Trophy.

The Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible. This Festival will award national and international filmmakers.

The entire application process is done online through FilmFreeway website.

We organize 12 Film Festivals around the World:

Canada Independent Film Festival
Germany International Film Festival
Portugal International Film Festival
Hollywood Independent Film Festival
Spain International Film Festival
France International Film Festival
Italy International Film Festival
London International Film Festival
Australia Film Festival (Online)
China Film Festival (Online)
World Cine Fest (Online)
Brazil International Film Festival (Online)

Trophy and Award Certificates to the categories:

BEST ANIMATION
BEST STUDENT FILM
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST WEB SERIES
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST LATINO SHORT FILM
BEST LATINO DOCUMENTARY
BEST LATINO FEATURE FILM
BEST ASIAN SHORT FILM
BEST ASIAN FEATURE FILMS
SPECIAL JURY AWARD

***NO FEE WAIVERS***

All non-English films must have English subtitles.
Except for the SHORT LATINO FILM that can be in Spanish without subtitles.
At this time, we are only requesting online submissions and all materials must be viewable online, as we want to remain as green as possible.
By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival. All media selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selection. By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted.
The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement, or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives.

RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING POSTERS AND TRAILERS

It is very important for all filmmakers to readily have available posters and trailers and additional materials possible to submit to film festivals at the submission stage. Film festival directors appreciate these materials to work with, should your film get accepted to the festival submitted. As a Festival Director, I see professionalism and dedication to the film when the submitter sends a well-made poster and a short trailer. This also helps the film festival better promote selected films.

POSTER :
It’s important to get a frame from the movie or a photo still of the film that makes people look at it and think “I want to see this film” or “Who is that guy and why he is running?” or “Why is that woman crying?”.
A good poster should immediately grab people’s attention. A poster with only the title a background doesn’t convey any emotion and doesn’t mean anything.
Film festivals prefer to have posters in the following proportion.
Recomended file size: 1400 pixels x 2100 pixels at 300dpi.
Make the Title stand out, but don’t make it so big that it distracts the important images in your poster.
Make sure to export it as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF.

TRAILER:
The trailer has to give the audience a glimpse of your film and just enough so as not to reveal important parts of it. This will make the viewer curious about your film.
Place important information like Title, Directed by…, important actors in the poster. Include festival laurels like Winner of Best Film or Best Director, and Official Selections from important festivals such as Sundance, TIFF, etc...
Duration: The recommended length of a trailer should be between 1 and 2 minutes maximum.
Export : 1080p – MP4 or Quicktime mov file.
Even if your short film is 3 to 5 minutes long, creating a 1-minute trailer will make a good impression.

FINAL THOUGHTS
When a film is submitted to my festivals without a poster or trailer or sometimes without both, the judges take points off the final rating of the film.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Anita George

    A wonderful experience from start to finish! The communication with the festival team and their social media presence was excellent and fostered a lovely feeling of community among the filmmakers.

    I loved the diversity of points of view portrayed in the selected films and it was an honor to have our film included. We are beyond grateful to have been selected as "best short film" in their company.

    It's always thrilling to see people's work on the big screen. What a cool, downtown LA venue.

    Many, many thanks! -- The Gift of the Magpie team

    November 2018
  • G. Robert Daily

    Thanks for giving me a award for Special Jury Award! I have a good time over there! And thanks again for accepting my short film. G. Robert.

    November 2018
  • Unforgettable experience. Can't wait to come back and submit the next series of mine. This is where all film-makers can't miss!

    November 2018
  • Alex Verlage

    I am honored to have been selected as a Special Jury Award recipient! The festival was very fun to attend and I'd like to congratulate all of the films as the level of competition was very high!

    November 2018
  • Shihyun Wang

    Our film "The Life of Queen Mary of Scots" were nominated for best documentary and we attended the festival in Hollywood. It is such an exciting experience, we got to meet the great festival team and other filmmakers. We were given the chance to view other nominated films . It is an honor to be nominated when 539 great films submitted to this great festival and we are among the few nominated. Although we did not win, we were so touched by the other films we were happy to see them win. It is such a great experience, we will submit again in coming years and to their sister festivals. If you did not come, you not only missed a great show, you missed out the chance to meet award winning filmmakers from all over the world.

    November 2018