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 2020 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
  • James Abroms

    What a great festival! Gustavo and his crew were fantastic in making us feel welcomed. Great communication! This was the best festival we've been in so far.

    February 2020
  • Kirk Ryde

    The NoHo Cinefest sets the bar high and achieves it. The programming is excellent and you'll meet some amazing filmmakers here. Gustavo, Nati and the whole team create a very personal atmosphere, and with all the events throughout the fest including a stellar red carpet and nightly mixers, you'll have a great time from beginning to end. Highly recommended!

    July 2019
  • William Davis

    North Hollywood CineFest is a great film festival that provides a welcoming atmosphere with an Oscar-style setup. The programming was very thoughtful and showed a genuine appreciation for the films selected. The Q&A was awesome. We were asked some really good questions. It is an honor to have had our film, Look Twice, shown at such an impressive event.

    May 2019
  • yelena krivosheyeva

    Fantastic experience. Felt very personable, great communication from the organizers. Easy way to submit DCP that didn't involve sending the hard drives/DVDs. The theater had a very good quality viewing experience. Really good opportunity for networking. My best film festival experience to date!

    May 2019
  • Joseph Clift

    Great festival! Amazing communication! They rule!

    April 2019