HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS and FESTIVAL is an 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 on October 6, 2018. Invaluable exposure for your hard work!

Screening Venue:
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. 

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your film is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST PICTURE" WINNER on IMDb. 

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. 

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winner" on IMDb. 

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.

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your film is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST SHORT FILM" WINNER on IMDb. 

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. 

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a "GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winner" on IMDb. 

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.

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your film is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST PICTURE" WINNER on IMDb. 

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. 

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a "GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winner" on IMDb. 

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.

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your web series is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST WEB SERIES" WINNER on IMDb. 

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. 

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winner" on IMDb. 

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.

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your music video is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST MUSIC VIDEO" WINNER on IMDb. 

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. 

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winner" on IMDb. 

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.

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your music video is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST STUDENT FILM" WINNER on IMDb. 

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. 

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winner" on IMDb. 

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. 

***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your project is now eligible to be listed as "BEST OF FESTIVAL" WINNER on IMDb.

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, September 30, 2017, along with a red carpet and filmmaker Q&A.

***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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  • Sena Tunali

    Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards and Festival was such a fun and great festival filled with nice positive energy along with great professional stuffs and festival director. I gotta chance to meet with Robin. She is an amazing person and everything was coordinated perfectly in such a high professionalism at the Festival. I am so happy that my crew and actors as a whole we got the chance to have great networking opportunity at the festival. Watched awesome films of other filmmakers. I highly recommend this festival and will definitely submit my future films again :)

    November 2018
  • Justin Bowler

    Robin and her crew really do it right.

    There are many fests out there. There are NOT many fests out there that are run well. Robin and her team have created a fantastic fest that will make you as a filmmaker feel like you are truly celebrated.

    By screening on the Paramount lot, you can't help but be reminded of the history and celebration of film. Furthermore, you aren't just reminded of it, you are living it.

    I can't recommend this festival enough to people. They are one of the best run festivals out there and EXTREMELY filmmaker friendly.

    October 2018
  • Chris Astoyan

    One of the best film festivals in Hollywood. If you had to choose one festival, look no further! True professionals, and the venue can’t be beat! Loved it!

    October 2018
  • Eirini Alligiannis

    Hollywood Independent Filmmakers Awards and Festival,
    I was so happy to get an honourable mention for my short documentary. They were awesome so very organized.
    Thank You!!!!!!

    October 2018
  • Judy Norton

    It was wonderful to be included in the Hollywood Ind. Filmmaker Awards and Festival. Although I wasn't able to attend - we were very honored to be named the Bronze Award Winner for best Drama Feature. We appreciate your recognition of Independent film makers. Look forward to participating again in the future.

    October 2018