The Hollywood Divine International Film Festival is dedicated to enriching the community and bridging cultures through the spirituality, education and promotion of the arts through independent film. *We will have several distributors at the festival and will also have an online component to help showcase our filmmakers work.

We, at Hollywood Divine, with the help of our heavenly father, want to make a big change and we are hoping you can help us with that.

There are many Christian artists out there looking for an outlet to spread the light of God through their God given gift of artistry. There are also many Christian people out there looking to appreciate art that celebrates their relationship with Christ.

We at Hollywood Divine want to be the catalyst that change. A change that will, at least, balance out the darkness spread by mainstream Hollywood and the music industry, and give independent Christian filmmakers and musicians the chance to build their ministries by displaying their art to the world.

We believe that creating art, in any form, is a reflection of the ultimate creator. It’s one of the best ways to praise God and share his infinite love with the world. We ask you to please consider joining us on this journey.

TOP REASONS TO SUBMIT:
1) To spread the light of God to a vast audience
2) Oscar style award ceremony
3) Screening movies to distributors
4) Get recognized by artist's around the world.
5) Get a distribution deal during the Festival
6) Walk the red carpet and do interviews with the media
7) Meet industry / like-minded professionals
8) Learn from the best in the industry
9) Meet some of the best actors
10) This festival will quickly become the most talked about Christian Festival in the world. Holding an award from this festival will elevate you to a distinguished position as a filmmaker.

FEATURE FILM AWARDS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Picture (Trophy)
2nd Runner up
3rd Runner up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Director (Trophy)
2nd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Screenplay (Trophy)
2nd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Lead Actor

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Lead Actress

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Supporting Actor

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Supporting Actress

The Divine Inspiration Award for Most Inspirational Feature Film

The Audience Choice Award

Honorable Mention Award


SHORT FILM AWARDS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Short Film (Trophy)
2nd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Director of a Short Film (Trophy)

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Short Film Screenplay

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Lead Actor in a Short Film

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Lead Actress in a Short Film

The Divine Inspiration Award for Most Inspirational Short Film

The Audience Choice Award

Honorable Mention Award

DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Documentary (Trophy)
2nd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Director of a Documentary (Trophy)
2nd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Most Creative

The Divine Inspiration Award for Inspirational

The Audience Choice Award

Honorable Mention Award

MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Music Video (Trophy)
2nd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Director of a Music Video
2nd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Most Creative Music Video

The Divine Inspiration Award for Inspirational Music Video

The Audience Choice Award

Honorable Mention Award

ANIMATION
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Animated Film (Trophy)
2nd Runner Up

STUDENT FILM
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Student Film (Trophy)
2nd Runner Up

FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Script
2nd Runner Up
3rd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Most Inspirational Script

SHORT FILM SCRIPTS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Short Script
2nd Runner Up
3rd Runner Up

The Divine Inspiration Award for Most Inspirational Short Script

CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Cinematography

SCORE
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Music Score
2nd Runner Up

TRAILER
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Trailer

1. Digital Award Laurels for all award winners.

2. Digital Award Certificates for all award winners.

3. Digital Award Poster for all award winners.

*Cash prizes may be available.

2018 HDFF GENERAL RULES

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2018 HDFF

+Films completed after January 1st, 2016 are eligible for consideration for the 2018 HDFF

+All feature length and short films will be considered regardless of their premiere status. However, HDFF prioritizes films that have not yet had public screenings in Pennsylvania.

+Feature-length and short film submissions must not have been broadcast or televised, or be publicly available in their entirety online prior to their date of exhibition.

+HDFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted.

+HDFF reserves the right to revoke acceptance of a film that cannot be submitted in a required format.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The following submission requirements must be met before a submission can be considered:

1) Completed Submissions Form (online).

2) Submission Fee. Payment is accepted via FilmFreeway. Submissions fees are non-refundable.

3) Filmmakers may submit more than one project. Each project must be submitted separately.

4) Only online screeners are accepted. Filmmakers can submit via FilmFreeway.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FEATURE AND SHORT FILMS SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION:

+Downloadable links.

+ The deadline for submitting exhibition copies for short films is September 30th, 2018.

+If you would like to submit another way or have special requirements, please contact us at submissions@hdfilmfest.com

3) General:

+An Electronic Press Kit with high-resolution production stills, trailers, official synopsis, filmmaker bios, promotional postcards and posters should be sent to the HDFF offices for marketing purposes.

+Exhibition Copy Shipment: The film must be shipped prepaid, insured, and properly packaged. HDFF does not assume liability for damage to exhibition materials due to improper packaging or other reasons. All films while in our possession will be insured against loss and damage while participating in the event. HDFF may provide return shipping. If requested, HDFF may ship the exhibition material to another festival. This is decided on a case-by-case basis.

+HDFF reserves the right to place accepted works in the appropriate program.

+HDFF reserves the right to remove a film from the festival program for any reason or for no reason and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal.

+Accepted films may be screened several times during the run of the fest, at the discretion of HDFF.

+Screenings will take place at the official festival venue, including, but not limited to: Showplace ICON Theatre or other screenings throughout the 2018-2019 season.

+The Festival reserves the right to use images from selected films for announcement purposes.

NOTIFICATIONS:

The last of the submission notifications will be sent via email on or around September 18th, 2018.

You also give HDFF full permission to download a digital copy of your video as well as playing it during the festival week via projector and online and additional screenings HDFF may have.

Reserves the right to reject any submissions.

Not all films will be screened, but all that do will receive a official selection Laurel.

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  • Ian Woodward

    Although I was not able to attend personally, living just outside London in the UK, it was evident from the beginning that the Hollywood Divine International Film Festival was going to be something very special. The enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail that the festival organizers Mark Den Bleyker and Jameson Hesse conjured during the weeks leading up to the event and during the festival itself, was breathtaking.

    The HDFilmFest website was (still is) brimming with an Aladdin’s cave
    of wonderful, tantalising delights. Making my way round the website was like being privy to something very special – which of course it was – and every twist and turn, every corner one turned, there was something new to discover and be awed by. If the festival itself during its three-day run, “in the flesh”, so to speak, was anything like the impression it conveyed to me across the pond, some 3,500 miles, then – wow! What an occasion it was.

    What envy I now feel for those lucky enough to attend in person. Even so, I was honoured and thrilled beyond words to have my films I’LL WALK WITH GOD and I LOVE YOU TRULY chosen to be part of the festival programme and even more excited when I’LL WALK WITH GOD was nominated for the Divine Inspiration Award for Best Foreign Film. The HDFilmFest is a heartfelt fiesta of an occasion going places fast. So fast, in fact, that it is just about there. Well done and hearty congratulations to those who made it happen. Your inspiration has been well worth all the perspiration!

    – IAN WOODWARD, Producer-Director, Encore Films UK

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this amazing review. So glad the online presence was creating an atmosphere that was inspiring and exciting. We worked very hard to keep out filmmakers and audience informed about everything that was going with the festival. We will continue to do the best we can to continue that dialogue as we move forward and grow. We are sorry you couldn't attend in person this year but hopefully will have the opportunity to see you in the future. Thanks again for your submissions and support and we appreciate the work you are doing. Cheers!

  • I am so excited about this festival! We were honored to have Summer of '67 included in the film lineup along with many great movies, and were pleased to be awarded multiple awards, including Best Picture - Feature. Mark and his team of volunteers worked overtime trying to make the festival special for both the filmmakers and the attendees. I can't wait to see it grow with each upcoming year. This is definitely a festival worth submitting to.

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sharon. We were honored to have your wonderful film in the festival. We very much appreciate all your support and encouragement and look forward to working with you as a filmmaker and hopefully speaker in the future!

  • Rich Swingle

    I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Hollywood Divine International Film Festival! They had a solid focus on the Lord from the amazing worship to the films they showed and honored. Christ was glorified throughout. This was its first year, so there weren't a lot in attendance, but that made it easier to talk to the people I wanted to talk to. I think I walked away with just as many business cards as I did from the last film festival I'd been a part of, and that probably had at least ten times as many attendees. Can't wait to ink next year's dates on my calendar!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We hoped to create an environment that would support, encourage, and inspire all that were in attendance not only in your filmmaking careers but also spiritually in who God wants you to be. We are so happy you found that! We look forward to seeing you again and serving with you in the industry!