By combining a vibrant local social scene with a state-of-the-art cinema, every filmmaker and film lover is sure to be impressed and delighted with the theater and surrounding location. The combination of great film screenings, press and red carpet events, parties, seminars, all offered in this eight-day event, is what makes this a dynamic and must-go film festival.

Look out for genres and themes. But, ultimately, we're looking for great films. We want to support the courageous, the creative, the new and promising... join us in 2021 for what is certain to be an enormously enjoyable and memorable event.

*** In 2020 the Coronavirus pandemic forced us to put on a virtual event. Our hope is that starting in 2021 we can return to the theater. However, a virtual extension will also be integrated, allowing people from any part of the world to actively participate.

Multiple categories in both shorts and feature films. Glass awards are presented in a festive environment.

There is no limit on the number of films you can submit; however, each film submitted by you must be original and different from any other film submitted by you and accompanied by its own completed submission form and participant agreement. Films must be in English or subtitled in English and must be submitted via the FilmFreeway platform. North Hollywood CineFest reserves the right to reject any film that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, to contain prohibited content or is offensive, inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable. All eligible entries received by North Hollywood CineFest will be judged by the North Hollywood CineFest selection committee. Selections will be notified by email.

By submitting your film for consideration to North Hollywood CineFest, you agree that you possess the rights to all visual elements and sound, including music, in your film and you allow North Hollywood CineFest to screen your film, if it becomes an official selection of the festival.

DCP Required - The festival will only play in the DCP format in the theater. Discs are not acceptable. Movie files will only be accepted for any virtual element of the festival.

Any costs associated with making DCPs and/or movie files are paid for by the filmmakers. The festival is not responsible for any refund or reimbursement associated with the cost of making DCPs or movie files for any reason.

The festival reserves the right to postpone or cancel the event at anytime for any reason with no obligation to offer refunds or reimbursement of costs for any expenses filmmakers may have had associated with the festival including but not limited to travel, marketing materials, DCP and movie files delivery, and ticket purchases.

Employees (and their immediate families (parent, spouse, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of North Hollywood CineFest and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to enter films for competition.

Overall Rating
  • Tom Kearney

    Gustavo and his Team did a fantastic job during a tough time.

    December 2020
  • Fred Cheung

    This festival really blew me away. I thought for sure the whole fest would be canceled due to COVID. Not only did Gustavo push to do an online screening, he organized everything so we could all network as well! A truly great experience that I can honestly say has been the one positive thing that has happened in 2020.

    December 2020
  • Lisa Sniderman

    What an incredible film festival! I am honored to have had "Keep Shining" included as an animated short film. Not only was Gustavo communicative throughout the transition to an all virtual festival, but he solicited feedback, held zoom meetings, created a Facebook group and opportunities for many interactions throughout multiple days of a festival, complete with webinars, social time, speed networking, panels, an awards show and extra time to view films! Well done and highly recommend!

    December 2020
  • Andres Michael

    So proud to be a part of NoHo CineFest 2020! Gustavo and the team put together an amazing virtual festival! I was blown away by the quality and array of films that were screened. The best part of all is that every single day/night of the festival the filmmakers were able to interact and discuss their projects, and the platform they set up was easy to use and created a sense of community. Highly recommend this festival to all filmmakers, we hope to be back next year!

    December 2020
  • Kevin Myers

    This festival is a hidden gem. Gustavo really goes above and beyond to create an inclusive, supportive environment that not only delivers an audience for filmmakers, but also networking and educational opportunities. The array of films is diverse, the recognition of filmmakers is real. Well worth the submission, and if you get in, it's an excellent experience.

    December 2020