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 2022 for what is certain to be an enormously enjoyable and memorable event.

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. All eligible entries received by North Hollywood CineFest will be judged by the North Hollywood CineFest selection committee. North Hollywood CineFest reserves the right to disqualify or reject any film that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, to contain prohibited content or is offensive, inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable. 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.

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  • Stephen Sturla

    Gustavo puts on a fantastic film festival!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Steve!

  • North Hollywood CineFest is a fantastic festival! We screened there in Oct 2021 with our proof-of-concept Rogue: The Western. The networking/events were awesome and well-thought out, Gustavo is a fantastic festival director and makes each and every filmmaker feel welcome. Also, the quality of films at this fest were top notch. I highly recommend submitting.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Very kind words, Carly. Thank you. We loved having you and your film at our event. Hope to have you back again soon!

  • Kit Garchow

    Gustavo and the entire staff of the festival put on one of the most memorable and enjoyable festival experiences myself and the rest of the cast and crew of CHATTY have experienced thus far. The festival was full of incredible films across multiple genres and we were humbled to be included among such incredible films, and honored to receive an award among them.

    Not only that, but the panels were incredibly interesting and informative and there were networking opportunities for everyone. Highly recommend and can't wait to come back in the not too distant future.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kit. I'm so glad you were able to experience multiple aspects of what we do in the festival. Your film is really amazing and looking forward to more from you soon!

  • Yuri Zeltser

    What a great experience! Gustavo and team created a fantastic festival. From the festive red carpet opening night (with a fantastic unveiling of all the nominations), through an intense week of back to back screenings, complete with Q&A’s, fun and informative mixers at local bars, and illuminating daily panels, to the fantastic awards ceremony... Everything, everything perfectly organized, super professional, warm and friendly. Pure cinematic joy! Thank you!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Yuri! Your film is beautiful and we hope it does very well and is shown to the whole world. It was great seeing you be a part of so much we did and looking forward to your next film!

  • Gustavo and the entire North Hollywood CineFest team put on such a phenomenal festival experience for filmmakers and audiences alike. We are so thankful to be a part of the NHCF family and can't wait to support this festival for years to come!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nate! You're always such a great supporter and we love having you with us!