We are now accepting submissions for the 4th 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 (aka celebrities) on the podcast.

The festival will provide up to 5 nominees in each category along with a winner 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 third 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!

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

-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.

14 Reviews

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    Bob Bryan

    Excellent! Great communicators! Wonderful people.

    November 2017
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    Nancy wennan zhang

    Great festival! Thanks for having me to be part of it! All my best wishes!

    October 2017
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    Olga Shtol

    Thank you for an interesting film festival! We are happy to be with you!
    film VALUE, director Olga Stol

    September 2017
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    Zizi Rincolisky

    Good to know that there are festivals like the Hollywood Verge who honor films that are 'off the beaten track', just about to fall out off the mainstream cliff.

    September 2017
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    James Carroll

    Great contest with great people.

    September 2017