At Hollywood New Directors, we celebrate filmmakers who challenge the conventional way of filmmaking and aim to discover new talents whose works are bold, daring, and reinvent and push the frontier of cinema. 

Hollywood New Directors focuses on films made by new directors of all backgrounds, with unique vision and fresh voices. The mission of the festival is to create exposure for bold and daring creative works that might otherwise go unnoticed, and bring them onto the big screen in Hollywood.

Hollywood New Directors specializes in new ideas and original creative contents from local, national and international aspiring filmmakers. The festival showcases new shorts, features, documentaries, animations, video art and experimental films that reinvent and push the frontier of cinema from emerging talented individuals. Our international juries are looking for films made with passion, obsession and drive, films that go beyond expectations. A strong sense of authorship is a must.

* Jury Award
* Audience Award
* Official Selections
* Honorable Mentions
* Best Film of Individual Categories
* Hollywood New Director Award “Best Picture”

Hollywood New Directors welcomes all kinds of films including fiction, documentary, narrative, experimental, animation, video art and other genres in any language, from around the world.

You may submit more than one project. Films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards!

Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the Festival.

We recommend that non-English language films be subtitled in English.

Hollywood New Directors reserves the right to use small portions and stills of accepted films for publicity and promotion of the festival event.

By submitting, the filmmaker declares that they are the rightful owner of their film.

I have read and agree to the Festival submission and general rule requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film to the Hollywood New Directors. Once an entry payment has been processed, a refund cannot be provided. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees. I understand that Hollywood New Directors is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt of any film submitted for a showcase and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Hollywood New Directors 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, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Hollywood New Directors is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • andre guima

    They are very nice people and very responsive.

    August 2023
  • Antonio Fungairino

    I had a wonderful experience at Hollywood New Directors 2022. The selection of screened films was diverse, always surprising and enriching. It felt like everyone was there out of pure love for the art, to enjoy new films by new filmmakers. I was astonished that the programmers actually watched my film (let alone enjoyed it). It was a humbling experience, a motivating experience, an overwhelmingly positive experience. I'm happy to have attended in person and to meet the staff as well as the other attendants.

    I highly recommend HND to any young filmmakers like me who are anxious about their films not being understood or appreciated. Hollywood New Directors gets it.

    July 2022
  • Ivana Todorovic

    Fantastic! Im so happy that my short fiction film " When I'am at Home" was selected and film won Best Foreign film award! Festival team is wonderful in communication and Im just sad I could be in person at the festival to feel film with audience! So thankful to festival team <3

    July 2022
  • Xingyu Chen

    Small and intimate theater with fantastic atmosphere and great people. HND might not be that kind of bigger festival that has big theaters packed with people and fancy red carpets, but it certainly is one that gives individual filmmakers their dedicated time to shine through intimate live conversation and Q&As. It's absolutely my pleasure to meet everyone this year. Thank you so much for choosing my short film Attached as the Best Horror Film and Jury Award winner this year! Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

    July 2022
  • Gang Zhao

    A great film festival, I am honored to be part of it. Thank you very much for choosing my movie. Thank you!

    July 2021