HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS and FESTIVAL is an IMDb Qualifying independent film competition and live screening event combined with a unique opportunity for PR geared toward independent filmmakers worldwide.

Making an independent movie is a challenge and we here at HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS and FESTIVAL want to help you put your film on the path to success with all of the recognition, notoriety and accolades you and your film deserve.

As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS and FESTIVAL is committed to showcasing TRULY independent films, we are dedicated to finding those "hidden gems" that may otherwise be overlooked by the bigger festivals because of the lack of name recognition or budget.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be screening selected winning films at PARAMOUNT STUDIOS in Hollywood in TBA. Invaluable exposure for your hard work! ***UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE CURRENT WORLDWIDE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC AND THE CORONA VIRUS RESTRICTIONS IN LOS ANGELES, LIVE SCREENINGS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.

Screening Venue: (Due to current Corona Virus Restrictions, screenings are not guaranteed.)
Paramount Studios, Back Lot
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Our live screening event at Paramount Studios will include a day of festivities including multiple screenings, filmmaker Q&A's, red carpet arrivals and photographs and delivering of awards to winning filmmakers.

Let's celebrate your huge accomplishment!

***Not all category WINNERS will receive a live screening. 

Located in the heart of Hollywood, the judges of HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS range from former studio executives and talent managers to award winning independent filmmakers with a combined experience of over 40 years in the entertainment industry. 

If your film is selected for an AWARD, you will be notified via email as an "Official Selection" and you will receive an "Official Selection" laurel. 

Each category will have their own set of AWARDS that will be broken down into the sections below:

FEATURE FILM (in the genres: Drama, Comedy, Horror, SciFi and LGBT; each genre will be voted on separately and receive their own set of Awards)

AWARDS: 

BEST PICTURE
GOLD AWARD
SILVER AWARD
BRONZE AWARD

The "BEST PICTURE" winner from each genre (Drama, Comedy, Horror, SciFi and LGBT) will receive an engraved statuette and an in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally, it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!

"GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

We help you create a buzz for your film!

SHORT FILM (UNDER 40 MINUTES; in the genres: Drama, Comedy, Horror, SciFi and LGBT; each genre will be voted on separately and receive their own set of Awards)

AWARDS: 

BEST SHORT FILM
GOLD AWARD
SILVER AWARD
BRONZE AWARD

The "BEST SHORT FILM" winner from each genre will receive a certificate of their "WIN" and in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!

"GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

We help you create a buzz for your film!

DOCUMENTARY (Feature Documentary, Short Documentary; each category (feature/short) will be voted on separately and  receive their own set of Awards)

AWARDS: 

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Feature & Short)
GOLD AWARD
SILVER AWARD
BRONZE AWARD

The "BEST PICTURE" winner from the Feature Documentary Category and the Short Documentary Category will receive a certificate acknowledging their "WIN" and an in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!

GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

We help you create a buzz for your film!
 
WEB SERIES

AWARDS: 

BEST WEB SERIES
GOLD AWARD
SILVER AWARD
BRONZE AWARD

The "BEST WEB SERIES" winner will receive a certificate of their "WIN" and in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!

GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

We help you create a buzz for your film!

MUSIC VIDEO

AWARDS: 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
GOLD AWARD
SILVER AWARD
BRONZE AWARD

The "BEST MUSIC VIDEO" winner will receive a certificate of their "WIN" and in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!

GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

We help you create a buzz for your film!

STUDENT FILM

AWARDS: 

BEST STUDENT FILM
GOLD AWARD
SILVER AWARD
BRONZE AWARD

The "BEST STUDENT FILM" winner will receive a certificate of their "WIN" and in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!

GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

We help you create a buzz for your film!

BEST OF FESTIVAL 
BEST OF FESTIVAL will be awarded to the ONE chosen project, regardless of category, which HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS deems to be the "best of the best" among all of the submissions to the festival. 

The "BEST OF FESTIVAL" winner will receive an engraved statuette and an in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

LIVE SCREENINGS
LIVE SCREENINGS will be selected among the WINNERS of the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS.

WINNING projects chosen to screen, will be honored to show their film on the back lot at PARAMOUNT STUDIOS in Hollywood, California, ***DUE TO THE CURRENT WORLDWIDE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC, THE LIVE SCREENING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

***Not all category WINNERS will receive a live screening. 

***Please note, all non-English speaking films must be subtitled in order to be considered, with the exception of music videos.

We have no other restrictions for your work. This includes premiere status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

We accept entries worldwide.

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  • Brit Tobin

    Awesome experience, highly recommend submitting to this festival. Lots of variety in program. Hoping next year will be in-person! Thanks HIFAF team!

    January 2023
  • Formidable festival avec une communication fluide et rapide.Je suis particulièrement honoré qu'un festival aussi prestigieux ait récompensé mon film "Guadeloupe Terre de Rhum et des Hommes".Cela ouvre et donne à mon film des opportunités formidables pour ce film qui raconte l'histoire des hommes et des femmes qui sont derrière l'histoire du rhum en Guadeloupe et dans les Antilles Françaises en général.
    Merci encore à tous les membres du jury qui ont attribué ce Silver Award à mon film.Ce qui, pour moi, est une source formidable de motivation et d'encouragement.Je reviendrai à ce festival avec mon prochain film documentaire.

    January 2023
  • Fer Corona

    It is a nice Film Festival with talented people

    January 2023
  • Hique Montanari

    It was a pleasure to participate in the 2022 edition of the festival with the feature film YONLU and receive an Honorable Mention. I highly recommend it.

    January 2023
  • Come può una Madre Raccontare un Dolore se, non attraverso L' Arte.
    Ora Francesco chiede il Diritto di " Parlare". A mia Madre Francesco.
    Con Amore By Giuseppina De Luca

    January 2023