Hollywood North Film Awards' mission is to promote and award heart-wrenching, world-building, character driven films that push the boundaries of storytelling in Canada, and all over the world. We strive to bring attention to stories that have yet to be told, and to award creative excellence for exemplary filmmaking achievements.

The HNFA was established by filmmakers who've known the film festival struggle and the challenges of trying to get industry recognition and feedback. The panel of prestigious judges identifies and encourages talent of all skill levels as we strive to build and support the independent film community.

Hollywood North Film Awards was established on the basis of giving filmmakers the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on their films without compromising their premiere status. Each film is marked on their separate merits and ability to evoke strong emotional reactions from their audience, but only the best films will take home awards.

The festival accepts films from all genres, and from all over the world. Our award-winning filmmakers get the recognition they deserve and help them navigate and gain success in the discerning film festival circuit. Awarded films are promoted and publicized through various websites, social media, press releases, and to film festival organizers.

There will only be one winner per category per award. While there will be 5 nominees per category per award, HNFA award winners maintain an exclusivity and prestige. Through this film competition, filmmakers are able to learn where their project stands and how it affects international audiences. We are happy to provide feedback to all submitted films, even those not nominated for awards. Please contact us after the award winners have been announced for your feedback!

All film categories are general entry categories. Each category has its own awards for Best of, Directing, Writing, Performer, Supporting Performer, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Sound Design, and Visual Effects.

Nominees and award winners will be provided with laurels. Any film chosen as a nominee and or winner will be denoted as Selected. Some or all of the nominees and award winners will be promoted through the Hollywood North Film Award's marketing and promotional network. Films will have their status changed from Selected to Award Winner once the winners are announced.

International and Canadian nominees and winners will be announced online. We also have an Awards Ceremony for our Canadian nominees in Toronto, including framed award certificates. Hollywood North Film Awards is happy to provide feedback to all films that submit.

All films, whether fiction or documentary, that are 40 minutes or less including credits, must submit to the Short categories. All films, whether fiction or documentary, that are 41 minutes or longer, including credits, must submit to the Feature categories. All films must have been completed within the last two years, and can only be submitted to the HNFA once, including any work in progress submissions.

Documentaries, whether short or feature length, must be non-fiction subjects. Recreations are accepted so long as the basis is non-fiction. Mockumentaries, whether short or feature length, must be submitted to either the Short Film or Feature Film categories respectively.

Music videos are accepted, but will be judged on a story basis first. Please submit to the Short Film category for individual music videos if under 40 minutes, or if a larger album film over 41 minutes, to the Feature Film category.

To submit to the Canadian categories, the submitted films must have Canadian citizens filling five of eight of the following crew and or cast roles: Director, Producer, Writer, Lead Performer (up to two), Cinematographer, Editor, Production Designer, or Composer. If there are multiple credited writers, the first billed writer must have Canadian citizenship. In the case of three or more writers, there must be a majority of writers with Canadian citizenship.

To submit to the Student categories, the submitted film must have been completed while two of either the Director, Writer or Producer were enrolled in a secondary education establishment (high school), or post-secondary education establishment (university or college) film school. The education establishment’s logo must be displayed at least once during the film’s credits.

All rules apply to the International submissions except the Canadian clause. There are no additional restrictions on submitting to the International categories. Hollywood North Film Awards will accept films in any language but all films must have either English dialogue or English subtitles. English subtitles must be burned into the online screener.

All film categories are general entry categories. Each category has its own awards for Best Of category, Directing, Writing, Performer, Supporting Performer, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Sound Design, and Visual Effects and Colour. The HNFA reserves the right to adjust the entry category, or assign the film to a different category than the original submission. A category modification or addition will not penalize the film, and does not affect the status of your submission. The HNFA cannot provide refunds for submissions once a payment has been received. If there is a dispute by a submitter for any reason, the submitter may be subject to any transaction fees or similiar amounts incurred by the HNFA in connection with the dispute.

Nominees and award winners will be provided with laurels. Any film chosen as a nominee and or winner will be denoted as Selected. Some or all of the nominees and award winners will be promoted through the Hollywood North Film Award's marketing and promotional network. Films will have their status changed from Selected to Award Winner once the winners are announced. There is no obligation on HNFA's part to promote any films that are submitted, nominated, or win any awards, and it is at the sole discretion of the HNFA as to which films get promotion. It is at the sole discretion of the HNFA as to which films may or may not be disqualified from competition.

International and Canadian nominees and winners will be announced online. The Awards Ceremony is for our Canadian nominees only including the framed award certificates. Hollywood North Film Awards is not able to pay for shipping for any awards, and will provide digital assets of the nominee and or winner laurels only. It is at the HNFA's discretion as to which if any assets are released to any filmmaker or submitter. Hollywood North Film Awards is happy to provide feedback to all films that submit. Please contact us after we've announced the winners to get your feedback. Please include the name of the film and your role on the film when you contact us.

COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

COMPETITION CERTIFICATION

I/We have read all of the rules, understand, and have complied with these rules.

I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead.

To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

I/We acknowledge that once an entry payment has been processed, AFF will not provide a refund.

Hollywood North Film Awards reserves the right to accept revised materials once entry has been submitted. The HNFA's judges' decision are final.

By submitting the material, I/we hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the HNFA, its employees, directors, representatives and affiliates from all liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

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  • This was a fantastic night of awards. A really great event in Toronto for up and coming filmmakers.

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Alden! Can't wait to see your next films!

  • 4 Ways Entertainment

    Although we were not in attendance and our film didn't win in any category, we were honored to have been selected and shown at the festival. Thank you so much

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi 4 Ways Entertainment, thank you for your review! The competition is always a difficult one, and we thank you for sending us your film. Looking forward to your next movie and we hope you consider us in your future festival circuits!

  • Great event in the Toronto community!

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sina! Looking forward to your next films!

  • Mateen Missaghi

    It was a pleasure to have my short film selected as a part of your festival! Unfortunately, it was approaching finals week during the time of your event and I was too backed up with work to show up to the award ceremony, but I am nevertheless grateful to have the opportunity. Will be submitting again next year :)

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mateen! Can't wait to see what you next create!

  • Joel Schneider

    Although we’re all busy filmmakers that couldn’t make it to the event, we’re beyond grateful that our short was honored with best screenplay.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Joel! Best of luck on the rest of your circuit, and can't wait to check out your next films!