The Hollywood Independent Film Festival will have its second edition in 2018 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.
The Festival will be held on November 11th, 2018.

Festival Venue e date:


November 11th 2018
Screening Sessions : from 2pm to 8pm
Awards Ceremony: from 8 pm to 11pm

Trophy and Award Certificates to the categories:

Best Short Film
Best Latino Short Film
Student Film
TV-Web Series
Feature Film
Short Screenplay
Feature Screenplay
First-time Filmmaker
Experimental Film


Submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review this document carefully prior to submitting your film for consideration.

By submitting to the Festival, will be automatically authorizing screen your movie on the Festival´s date and venue.

DO NOT send us your press kit until your film has been selected.

All Non-English films MUST have English subtitles

You may submit more than one film. Each film must be submitted separately with your form and appropriate fee

4 weeks before the festival, the selected films should provide the final version of their films in Quicktime or Mp4 version and all material required by the Festival Staff.

The selected films will be screened according to the festival´s schedule.
Not all selected films will be screened, we will give the preference to the filmmakers who attend the festival.

The LATINO categories will be moved to regular categories if there´s not enough submissions to complete the LATINO categories.

Overall Rating

    I absolutely loved this festival. My team members flew in from as far as Virginia to attend and it was worth every penny.

    November 2017
  • Rafael Nani

    Thank you to the sponsors of the festival for the excellent organization. I'm very glad to be part of the festival with my film. See you guys next year!
    High recommended!!!

    November 2017
  • J. Michael Aiken

    My screenplay "Dollar Down" competed in the Hollywood Independent Film Festival with a host of outstanding scripts. Jose Claudio Silva and the entire team at the Hollywood Independent Film Festival were very gracious and professional throughout the entire film festival process, from notification of being an official selection to winning Best Feature Screenplay. The timely communication, professionalism and personalized hospitality were superb. This is a wonderful film festival!
    J. Michael Aiken, CPA, MBA, CGMA, M.Acc.
    Author of "Dollar Down" screenplay

    November 2017
  • K. Patrick Tutera

    It was an honor to be the inaugural winner for Best Short at the first ever HIFF! From the beginning, the festival organizer was very communicative and responsive to any and all inquiries. The festival itself was held at a great venue in downtown LA and was run with the utmost professionalism. The emcees were warm and entertaining. It was definitely a night I'll remember always!

    November 2017
  • Mac McStravick

    Helpful, considerate and nice. All buttons were pushed in an effort to help the film makers and script writers. Thank you, HIFF.

    November 2017