We are now accepting submissions for the 7th Hollywood Verge Film Awards.

The Festival:

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

Based in sunny Burbank and just over the hill from Hollywood, 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 fifth 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

-WE ONLY ACCEPT ONLINE SCREENERS through FilmFreeway. We may request an additional direct link to your online screener, but is at our sole discretion.
-THERE ARE NO PUBLIC SCREENINGS OR EVENTS. The festival is an online awards festival only.
-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
  • Leilani Osmundson

    Thank you for choosing my film as one of the student winners! It was so fun listening to the podcast. Can't wait to hear more!

    October 2019
  • Joseph Teague

    We’re very pleased to be selected by this festival and have done so well. Amazing. X

    August 2019
  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my music video "A House by the sea" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    July 2019
  • A great experience -- very professional, with great communication. Wonderful!

    July 2019
  • This was a great opportunity to showcase my short film with this festival. I definitely can't wait to share my next upcoming films with this festival again!

    July 2019