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 is now accepting entries for its 2022 edition festival. We are open to 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
  • 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
  • Navid Mashayekhi

    Great festival for new film makers. I personally had a very good experience communicating with the team. Thank you HND for screening my fist short doc “unbecoming” and for the awards, and also for your really kind and constructive feed back and review. You will for sure hear from me soon with my second film!
    Navid xoxo

    August 2019
  • A great festival for new filmmakers! The festival staff was extremely helpful & supportive. This is a friendly venue that offered excellent opportunity for Q&A sessions. Highly recommend this festival to anyone that wants to showcase new film or animation work. Our team had a great time & thanks again to everyone that put on the festival!

    August 2019
  • Matt Kenchington

    This was a phenomenal festival. Aside from showing quality content, the Q/As were great. They were well moderated with thoughtful questions and comments from both the audience and the HND team. A+ for this one!

    August 2019
  • Thank you Hollywood New Directors for inviting me your festival and honoring my film Adam Fuss, A Landscape of Imagination, as the best documentary and with Audience reward.
    Wishing you much success in the future!
    Svetlana Cemin xx

    August 2018