Hollywood Now Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the creativity from the worldwide film community. We're an ONLINE FESTIVAL with a LIVE EVENT at the end of the year for the TOP AWARD WINNERS. Our Festival has a special focus on superior quality, creative, originality, and innovative entertainment content, while providing opportunities globally to the Independent Film Community, Women working in Film, and Student Filmmakers across multiple media platforms.

The Entertainment Industry is constantly changing the way people view movies and television. When you submit your film to the HOLLYWOOD NOW Film Festival, the Top Winners will be given a choice to have their film screened Online at our Website, and may have an option to be shown on our Partner's Roku TV Channel as well. When the winners are chosen, if you do not wish to have your winning film or other submissions screened online, just let us know!

At the end of the year, Hollywood Now Film Festival will host a LIVE FILM AWARDS EVENT where the Winners will be invited to receive their Awards. To receive an Award or Trophy, YOU MUST BE PRESENT at the Film Awards Event. The Event will include CLIPS and TRAILERS from the Top Winning Films, Screenplays, Music (Video/Song), and Photography, chosen from the pool of winning entries. We will present the Film, Screenplay, Photography, and Music (Video/Song) Awards, have red carpet photo opportunities, Q & A, networking, and the winners can talk with us regarding Roku TV Channel distribution. Attendees will also have a chance to win one of several Roku Streaming Sticks or other prizes. The Festival Winners we contact will have to RSVP to us regarding the Live Awards Event. The duration of the Live Event is subject to change based on the number of Submissions and Categories received.

Awards are as follows:

We only award the Best Independent Filmmakers, Writers, Photographers and Songwriters after a Comprehensive Evaluation process. "Category Winners" and "Official Selection" winners will receive our LAURELS for your poster or website, and a Digital Printable CERTIFICATE. An optional Hard Copy CERTIFICATE will also be available. See our Website for details.

The overall "Best Of Show" Winner will receive our LAURELS, Digital Printable CERTIFICATE, a Hard Copy CERTIFICATE, and a Festival TROPHY. But, you must RSVP by designated date and be present at the Film AWARDS EVENT to receive a trophy and Certificate.

1) The TOP FILM WINNERS may have an option to have their film shown internationally on the new KELLOVISION ROKU TV CHANNEL.

2) All TOP CATEGORY WINNERS will receive 2 complimentary VIP Event Passes for the Live Event on December 14, 2019. Airfare, Transportation, and Lodging are NOT included.

3) Each winner will be contacted on the Notification Date (in October).

4) Each film has to be submitted to at least one genre, then they can qualify for additional categories.

5) Films entered in more than one category may win more than one award.

6) The number of awards may vary based on the number of Submissions received.

7) Additional awards "based on submissions" may include, but are not limited to:

"Award of Outstanding Excellence"
"Award of Excellence"
"Award of Exceptional Merit"
"Award of Merit"
"Award of Recognition"
"Honorable Mention"
"Humanitarian Award"
"Best Foreign Film"

The Website Pages with the Winners will be Live and Viewable by the Notification Date.


The Selection Committee would prefer that all submissions be sent only via the FilmFreeway Secure Online Screener system, or other Online Screeners such as Vimeo with DOWNLOADABLE links if possible.

How does it work:

We accept many genres of Films across the globe. All of the Films, Screenplays, Photos, and Songs will go through a review process by our highly qualified and Industry Experienced Jury. They will go through a comprehensive evaluation process and select only high-quality films. The process involves these stages:

- Reviewing submitted Entries for a Category Win or Award Win

- If an Entry is not selected for a "Category Win" it will either be an "Official Selection" or "Not Accepted".

- Official Selections and other Award Winners will be listed on our Website, but not necessarily Screened. There may be occasions for an Official Selection to be Screened and if so we will contact the Award Recipient for details.

- Only Category/Award Winners are Screened at the Online Festival and Top Film Winners may have an option to be screened on our Partner's Roku TV Channel.

- Not all Winning Films/Entries will be selected for the Live Screening Event, but all Top Category Winners will be invited to the Award Ceremony.

- Winners are notified on the Notification Date.

- Entry fees are non-refundable.

Hollywood Now Film Festival will do our best to announce the "Official Selection" results within a shorter time frame, preceding the Notification Date. That helps the film-makers to prepare and get organized awaiting the Final Results. Nothing is more frustrating than submitting a film and never hearing back about anything until it's over.

We are delighted to help you at any stage from submission we will try to be in touch with you within 24 hours to resolve any queries related to your film or submission. We are excited to review your film and observe the detailed creativity of your work.

All applicants must be 18 years or age or older, or have legal parent or guardian apply on behalf of any minor submitting a film.

For the Women Filmmaker's Category, the film must have either been Written, Produced, or Directed by a woman, or be filmed by a predominantly female crew. If you have any questions please send them prior to submitting your film.

For the Student categories, please send proof of your Student ID or the classes you are attending to qualify for the discounted rates or award.

Things to know before submitting:

Submission of your film to Hollywood Now Film Festival confirms that the festival has the permission to exhibit your film(s) during the festival and /or online for up to 2 years for promotion purposes. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills of exhibition promotion. Credit will be given to any filmmaker or screenwriter of such material is used in Festival promotion. Original copyright holder retains all rights to their work.


Q: Can I get a waiver for my Submission's Entry Fees?
A: The answer is No, as we try to keep reasonable fees for all submissions and we offer regular discounts to students and women filmmakers.

Q: How long is a short/feature film?
A: Films under 45 minutes are considered short films & over 45 minutes up to 140 minutes are considered features.

Q: How are the films selected for the festival?
A: Films submitted to the festival are reviewed by our selection team, which evaluates each film, looking for the best thematic and well produced films.

Q: When you accept submissions?
A: We are accepting submissions year round with deadlines. Please read our submission guidelines carefully before submitting.

Q: Can I submit movie on nudity, sex,etc?
A: The movie should have a strong storyline, however, we are strictly not accepting any movies about porn, animal cruelty or actual depiction of human death.

Q: Can I submit more than one film?
A: Yes, you can submit more than one film and you can also submit the same film in different categories with additional fees.

Q: Will I receive a Trophy or Certificate if I do not attend the Film Awards Event?
A: No. ALL Winners MUST RSVP by designated date for planning purposes.

Select the category that seems most appropriate. A short synopsis of 2 to 4 lines is required for short submissions. A short synopsis in addition to a longer synopsis with no longer than 140 words is required for the Documentary and Feature categories.

The synopsis will be used for the Jury Committee, the Judges Program Book, and Website, if accepted. Each submission should also include at least one Still Production Photo or Slide, a Press Kit, and Bio / Photo of the Director. If available, include a Poster in a file separate from the rest of your Press Kit.

Complete care is given to every entry. Notification of acceptance will be emailed and you will be notified for each submission.

Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway.


Works in progress, and industrial/instructional works are not eligible. Foreign language films must have English sub-titles or be dubbed with an English audio track.

Hollywood Now Film Festival defines short films as having a running time of 45 minutes or less including credits.


Hollywood Now Film Festival reserves the right to use clips from accepted entries, up to 3 minutes in length for publicity purposes. The festival reserves the right to show the submission for promotion and fund raising events up to three years past the date of the festival. The submitter may opt out of this clause by sending the festival a written request to opt out of this clause.

Hollywood Now Film Festival does not pay licensing or screening fees for films submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway or otherwise. With your submission, you agree that no screening fee will be paid by the festival to screen your film.

The number of screenings, days and venue is at the sole discretion of Hollywood Now Film Festival.


The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries. Films whose world premieres occurred more than two years before the opening day of the festival are not eligible.

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted or trademarked content or materials included within the submitted Film. Hollywood Now Film Festival expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted or trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement. Hollywood Now Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Hollywood Now Film Festival from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.


I acknowledge that, if accepted to participate, I will agree to comply with the 2019 Hollywood Now Film Festival General Rules, Eligibility and Policies & Procedures as included with this application, and agree to be bound by and comply with all those documents. I understand that Hollywood Now Film Festival is responsible for making final decisions with regard to the festival operations and I agree to abide by their decisions. I agree to provide the festival a digital copy of my film(s) and I release the festival committee and any festival representative from any responsibility for any liabilities in regards to the screening of the film.

Note: Dates and guidelines subject to change without prior notice

Overall Rating
  • Jordan Amandes

    Hollywood Now was amazing! The crew and host were phenomenal.
    It was a fantastic time.

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Jordan! It was truly a pleasure meeting you at the Event and having the opportunity to screen your film “Quarter Life Crisis”. We look forward to seeing more from you in the future! We wish you continued success!


    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your notice that my film is AWARD WINNER for the competiotion – I am very glad about it. I wish success to the wonderful festival!
    Thank you Festival Team. Great team, excellent communication.

    Best regards
    Maribor, Slovenia - a little but beautiful country in Europe.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Franc! We wish you continued success! We hope to see more of your work in the future! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019!

  • Nancy Stafford

    great film festival worth the money. I enter three pieces and all three were awarded. thank you for the awards.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nancy! Best wishes to you and your team! We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future! We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • This is a gold star, first class fest! So honored to be considered and participate.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Melissa! Best wishes to you and we wish you and yours Happy Holidays! We wish you continued success!

  • Tamara Nance

    Looking forward to being a part of this festival again. Sorry I didn't review from last year. Thanks so much for your acceptance of our submissions.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tamara! We wish you great success with "Journey Home". Merry Christmas to you and yours and a prosperous 2019!