We are now accepting submissions for the 8th Hollywood Verge Film Awards.

The Festival:

You can enter our fest, win some laurels, get noticed, and still keep your premiere status.

The Hollywood Verge Film Awards seeks to award outstanding independent films based upon their originality and ability to tell a compelling story.

Our goal is to also have a very transparent festival and one of the ways we go about this is via a festival podcast that features a discussion about a few films that caught our attention as well as interviewing filmmakers from past and present fest seasons. This provides filmmakers with some added publicity as well as perspective on submissions from the festival staff. In addition, we will every once in a while interview some working professionals in the film industry on the podcast.

The festival will provide nominees in each category along with a winner (or winners) per category. All nominees and winners receive laurels. We also have genre categories, which increases the chance of winning.

What makes a Hollywood Verge film?

We love independent films. We love genuine storytelling that doesn't play by the rules. Though Hollywood is in our name, the festival really seeks films that say something and are alternatives to the 'Hollywood' style. We could care less about movies with big name actors. Production value doesn't matter as much as story and originality of vision.

We're coming off of a successful seventh season, with a budding podcast and a world of enthusiasm and support for indie film and hope you wish to join us on this journey!

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best (genre) Film
Best Animated Film
Best Animated Short
Best Student Short
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Writing

-THERE ARE NO PUBLIC SCREENINGS OR EVENTS. The festival is an online awards festival only.
-WE ONLY ACCEPT ONLINE SCREENERS through FilmFreeway. We may request an additional direct link to your online screener, but is at our sole discretion.
-You may have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories.
-Each entry and submission category must have its on submission fee.
-Works in progress are accepted.
-By submitting, filmmakers agree to allow their films to be discussed on the podcast in a spoiler-free fashion.
-Entry does not guarantee podcast discussion, nor does podcast discussion guarantee an award.
-Press kits are not required.
-Entry fees are non-refundable.
-Entries can be from any year.
-Festival may stop accepting new submissions at any point if demand is overwhelming.

Overall Rating
  • Jonathan Keys

    Thanks for loving short films

    September 2020
  • Kumar Raj ( Rajendrakumar M. R. )

    Our special comments :
    Dear Festival Director Derek & Team
    Hollywood Verge Film Awards 2020

    We are very proud & glad for our feature film " Tara the journey of love & passion " to be part of your prestigious film festival .

    Many thanks for “Best feature film Award “ for Tara

    Kumar Raj producer Director received this prestigious “ Best Film Award “ at Hollywood Verge Film Awards 2020 for feature film Tara.

    Producer & Director Kumar Raj & lead actress Rekha Rana we’re in Los Angeles, USA on 18th Feb 2020.

    The prestigious awards are given for outstanding independent films based upon originality & ability to tell a compelling story.

    Kumar Raj is a Captain & Master Mariner in shipping by profession , he has done his Management from Cambridge UK and is into Film Production & Direction through his extreme passion and love for Cinema. He has completed Diploma in Direction from Digital Academy and Diploma in Production from ZIMA (Zee Institute of Media Arts) before commencing his career in film Industry.

    His last feature film Tara has so far officially been selected in 278 International film festivals and has received 178 International awards plus his film was at Oscars in Best film foreign language category.
    Kumar Raj is next Producing & Directing feature film “Yahan Ameena Bikti Hai”.
    Good luck 
    God bless you 
    Best regards 
    Kumar Raj ( Producer & Director ) 
    E: kumarrajproductions@yahoo.com
    Umair Siddiqui ( Assistant Director , freelancer & Film Festival Director For Feature Film Tara )
    C: +919773503615
    E: umairfilmfestivaldirector@gmail.com
    Kumar Raj Productons

    March 2020
  • saku mori

    Thanks for selecting my film "The Story Beyond a Cup of Sake"!

    March 2020
  • Marcella C. De Finis

    It was a true joy to be a part of Hollywood Verge Film Awards. We were very humbled by the nominations our short film The Incredible Tale of the Spiritless Man received, and also by the awards. It is truly a great possibility for filmmakers who want to propel their movies.

    The communication with Derek was great, and all the everything went according to schedule. Another great perk was finding out about the podcast Hollywood Verge FIlm Awards runs! It's really a gem!

    February 2020
  • Harvey Eaton

    Very grateful for the nominations for our short film 'The Prisoner' and to be announced the Winner of Best Horror.

    Great communication with Derek and team.

    February 2020