The Hollywood Divine International Film Festival is dedicated to blessing, supporting, educating, and encouraging industry members and audiences of the faith/family filmmaking community. We seek to bridge cultures through the spirituality, education and promotion of the arts through independent film. *We will have several distributors at the festival with opportunities to network and showcase filmmaker's projects

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 a part of 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 new and emerging audiences.

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) Be in community with other industry professionals.
2) Learn from top industry professionals ranging in a large variety of topics
3) Showcase your film to new audiences
5) Screening movies to distributors
6) Opportunity for distribution deals during the Festival
7) Support other filmmakers in their God given pursuits
8) Walk the red carpet and be interviewed about your project
9) Oscar style award ceremony and concert
10) Bless others with your giftings, talent, experience, and knowledge (we all have something worthy to give.)

Our festival is quickly becoming one of the most talked about Christian Festival in the world and we would love for you to be a part!

FEATURE FILM AWARDS (OVER & UNDER $150,000 production budget)
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Picture (Trophy)
Honorable Mention

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Director (Trophy)

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Lead Actor (Trophy)

The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Lead Actress (Trophy)

1st TIME FILMMAKERS AWARDS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Picture (Trophy)
Honorable Mention

SHORT FILM AWARDS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Short Film (Trophy)
Honorable Mention

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

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

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

DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Documentary (Trophy)
Honorable Mention

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

OUT OF THE BOX FILM
The Divine Inspiration Award for the most challenging/thought provoking/most original film (Trophy)

CROSSOVER FILM
The Divine Inspiration Award for the Best mainstream/crossover film (Trophy)
(This film was made for the mainstream market that has a faith-based message/exhibits a strong Christian worldview. Or film appeals to both the mainstream and Christian market.)

STRENGTHEN THE FAITH
The Divine Inspiration Award for the Best faith strengthening film (Trophy)
(Film made primarily to edify and teach the church…primarily for Christian/church audience.)

CHILDREN'S FILM
Best Children’s Film (Animated or live action.) (Trophy)

STUDENT FILM
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Student Film (Trophy)
Honorable Mention

YOUNG FILMMAKER FILM
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Young Filmmaker (High School & younger) (Trophy)

iPHONE/SMARTPHONE
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best iPhone/SmartPhone Film (Trophy)
Honorable Mention

FOREIGN FILM
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Foreign Film (Trophy)

FEATURE/SHORT FILM SCRIPTS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Script (Trophy)
Honorable Mention

The Divine Inspiration Award for Most Original Script (Trophy)
Honorable Mention

MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS
The Divine Inspiration Award for Best Music Video (Trophy)

The Divine Inspiration Award for Most Creative Music Video (Trophy)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
1. Trophies for category winners (noted by award)
2. Digital Award Laurels for all award winners.
3. Digital Award Laurels for all nominees

*Cash and prizes may be available.

2019 HDFF GENERAL RULES

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2020 HDFF

+Films completed after January 1st, 2017 are eligible for consideration for the 2019 HDFF
*Films made before this date may be considered, please contact HDFF for eligibility, info@hdfilmfest.com.

+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 are preferred to not have been broadcast or televised, or made publicly available in their entirety online prior to their date of exhibition. Contact HDFF for any questions.

+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 15th, 2020.

+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, preferably via email submissions@hdfilmfest.com.

+Exhibition Copy Shipment: If film needs to be physically shipped 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 at filmmakers cost. 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 additional or different categories.

+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 live or online or both during the run of the fest, at the discretion of HDFF. Accepted Films are NOT guaranteed a screen. Screenings are based on schedule availability.

+Screenings will take place at the official festival venue, including, but not limited to: Christian Life Assembly Church, Camp Hill, PA or other screenings venues throughout the 2020 season.

+The Festival reserves the right to use images from selected films for announcement and marketing purposes in print, video and on social media for current year's festival and any future festivals as deemed fit.

NOTIFICATIONS:

The last of the submission notifications will be sent via email on or before September 1st, 2020.

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 unfortunately, but all that do will receive a official selection Laurel.

Award Nominated films will get screening preference and HDFF will do it's best to screen all nominated films during the festival run.

Overall Rating
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  • Matthew Kooman

    We enjoyed being part of this festival and were honoured to have our film screened and selected for awards.

    A great fest organized by people who love film!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for being a part of the festival and submitting Dream. We look forward to seeing more of your films in the future!

  • Stephanie Parker

    I am so impressed with this festival. It is clear that the heart behind it is to honor God and raise up filmmakers and creatives who want to use their gifts for God's glory! As a screenwriter, I was also impressed with the in depth analysis of my script that was both helpful and encouraging. It gave me great tips on how to make my story even better. I'm so thankful I submitted!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Stephanie for submitting your wonderful screenplay. We were more than happy to provide you will some additional feedback and analysis on your project. Our mission is to generously help in all different ways. We are so glad you were encouraged and hope and pray all the best for your script. Thank you for being a part of the community and we look forward to hopefully meeting you in person at a future festival.

  • I can't rave enough about my experiences at Hollywood Divine.

    As far as Faith-Based and Faith-Focused festivals, HDFF is truly amongst the best. Festival Director Mark Den Bleyker gets it. He organizes a Hollywood-styled event that genuinely celebrates the hard work that goes into excellent indie-filmmaking; All the while maintaining a keen focus on the Lord. HDFF presents the perfect blend of time spent mastering craft and time spent praising God.

    The panelists were relevant to today's media/cinema climate and could speak insightfully about our current filmmaking culture. The courses were well crafted and discerning regarding the topics that are presently most consequential in our industry.

    The mega-church venue provided all of the amenities necessary for some solid networking opportunities, but if Hollywood Divine continues supporting filmmakers with this high level of film festival excellence, I see this festival quickly outgrowing their current space.

    Oh, and the Allan Scott band provided the majority of the award ceremony entertainment... POWERFUL. They were a microcosm of the excellence, authenticity, and energy defining Hollywood Divine.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    I can't express how grateful we are for you, your talents, your film, and the experience you had at the festival. Our prayers and hope for HDFF are for exactly what you shared and we will continue to work hard each year to encourage, inspire, and be a bless to as many people as we can. Thank you so much for being a part of this year's community and we hope to see you for many more years to come! God Bless.

  • Shaimond Foye

    I enjoyed attending this festival. Mark and the whole team were friendly and welcoming. The communication was good, the films were great and the venue was nice. I look forward to attending again.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Shaimond for the kind words. We are so glad you and Tamara were able to attend the festival and are very grateful for your submission. We hope to see you again next year!

  • John Martins III

    Thank you, Mark Den Bleyker and Jameson Hesse, for honoring "Arizona Sunrise" as a top-5 finalist. It was very much appreciated. My apology for not being able to attend the Hollywood Divine Film Festival due to family health matters. Your understanding about my situation meant a great deal to me. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you John for the review. We greatly appreciate you for submitting and for being a part of our film making community. We hope and pray all the best for all of your creative projects and hope to see you at future festival. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!