The Hollywood North Film Festival (HNFF) is a community-driven organization focused on bringing quality films, workshops & networking events to the Bay of Quinte region.

Past films include The Lobster, Brigsby Bear, The Meaning of Life, Helio, Mercy, Lima, Across the Line and more! Filmmakers and celebrities from across the province of Ontario, Canada and North America have attended the festival in its first three years!
The festival will take place in the Bay of Quinte Region including Belleville, Trenton (Quinte West) and Picton in 2018. We can't wait to show your great work during the festival!

Local filmmakers (from the Bay of Quinte Region) have the opportunity to submit their film with a fee waiver. Please email stating your name, location and film and we'll be in touch!

Awards & Prizes

Awards are as follows:

- Best Overall Picture
The judges will be looking for high level of cinematic quality in: Directing, Cinematography, Writing, Creatives (hair & makeup, production design) and Technical (sounds effects, music/score). The film that the judges feel achieves this level of standard will be awarded. ALL films selected to play in the festival are eligible for this award!

- Best Local Film
Any locally created film will be highlighted during the festival. To meet the requirements of local film, the film must be at least 80% filmed in the Bay of Quinte Region OR the Producer or Director must be from the Bay of Quinte Region. The film that the judges feel achieves this level of standard will be awarded.

- Audience Choice
Attending audience member will be able to vote for the film of their choice. The film with the most votes will be awarded.

Category Awards
- Best Feature
- Best Short
- Best Student
- Best Animation
- Best Indigenous
- Best Family/Kids
- Best LGBTQ
- Best Female Director
- Best Experimental

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY: Submissions may be a feature, short, student, animation of any genre and topic. Only films completed no more than 13 months prior to the festival dates will be considered for admission. Works in progress will be accepted, as such please note this when submitting! 

If your film is a student submission, please check the box when submitting. We also require proof of student status. Please email us a photo of your student ID card to

Preference will be given to submissions that have NOT been distributed theatrically, broadcast on television in Canada or available to view online for free prior to the 2017 Festival.

Filmmakers MUST have secured clearance to use all copyrighted or trademarked material (music, images, text sources, etc). Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the festival.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted separately.

NOTE: We DO NOT judge films that are not screened for the public during the festival. By submitting your film, you waive the right to pull your film from the festival. If your film is selected to play, it must play regardless.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

FORMAT: Films in languages other than English MUST have English subtitles or be dubbed in English. If selected, .mov (H.265 codec only) will be the only permitted formats of exhibition. If selected, the filmmaker will assume shipping costs of materials to the Hollywood North Film Festival. Items shipped will NOT be returned!

SELECTION: All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. The selection committee and judges decisions are final. We reserve the right to refuse exhibition to any submission deemed by HNFF to be inappropriate.

NOTIFICATION: All notifications of acceptance or rejection will be ongoing and all submissions will be notified the latest by Mid September 2017.

Participation in the Hollywood North Film Festival grants us the authorization to show elements of the entered film for promotional purposes if required.

By submitting your film to the Hollywood North Film Festival you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to all the terms and conditions of the festival rules and guidelines.

2 Reviews

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    Nobilis Bellator

    Our first participation in a Canadian Festival with our film ALLEGORIA being in the Official Selection. Unfortunately non of ouor team was able to be present but the organization has communicated so well with visual updates, on their website, their Facebook Page and Twitter account that one can only regret not having been there. I couldn't honestly give 5 stars on any topic other than Communication,because I was not there physically, but their communications helped to see how energetic and well organized this Festival's team is. Congratulations on a great event.

    July 2016
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    H. Nelson Tracey

    Great small scale festival, it's new so its audiences are small but the intimate atmosphere is extremely positive and welcoming. Loved the people I met there - because it was small you get to spend more time with all the filmmakers present. Also fantastic location in Ontario Canada! Because I attended its first year, I think they'll be improving in the years to come as well.

    July 2016