Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles, the North Hollywood CineFest has established itself as a premiere event for independent cinema from all over the world.

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 seven-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 2019 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.

All entries must be received by January 15, 2019 to be eligible.

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. 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 Secure Online Screener. North Hollywood CineFest reserves the right to reject any film that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, contains 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 on February 4, 2018.

By submitting your film for consideration to the 6th Annual North Hollywood CineFest, you agree to allow North Hollywood CineFest to screen your film if it is an official selection of the festival and, therefore, are obligated to your commitment.

DCP ONLY - The festival will only play in the DCP format. Discs and other file types are not acceptable.

Overall Rating
  • Caitlin Smith

    Such a great festival! Loved being a part of it and the Laemelle theater was fantastic. Thanks Gustavo!!

    August 2018
  • The best festival so far, very welcoming and pampering. Well organized, great selection of films and Gustavo is a perfect host, everything makes you feel like a star! Already submitted my latest short to the next edition, fingers crossed and looking forward to it!

    July 2018
  • Topher Hansson & Chris Goodwin

    This is by far one of the best festivals I've attended! Gustavo is a gracious host and really knows how to do it right!

    June 2018
  • Kasha Sequoia Slavner

    Big thanks to Gustavo Sampaio for his amazing support every step of the way. Always responsive to any inquiry and gave mentor-like advice which I appreciated as a new filmmaker. I wish I could have been there in person and look forward to submitting my next film here.

    May 2018
  • Nate Noggle

    This is a fantastic festival! High quality films, a great venue, excellent communication and a top notch festival director. It was a great experience to have my short film screen there. I came away more motivated than ever! Thanks Gustavo!

    May 2018