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.

Digital Cinema Package, DCP, Required - The festival will only play films in the DCP format in the theater. Discs and video files of any other kind are not acceptable.

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

The festival reserves the right to change, 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 creation and delivery, and/or 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
  • Gerald Webb

    The North Hollywood Cinefest is very well organized, well produced, and offers high-quality films from start to finish. Communication was great and they went out of their way to create great networking opportunities for all of the participating filmmakers.

    May 2022
  • What a great fest. This was my second year as a filmmaker, once when the fest was virtual and the next in person. Both were ahead of other fests in the networking opportunities- and the opening night party was AWESOME!

    February 2022
  • Michaela Myers

    This is such a well-run, professional festival. Can't speak highly enough about our experience. Gustavo cares so deeply about film and each project selected, and he works so hard to host a fun and professional festival that allows for filmmakers to connect and network. We met some amazing people there, and absolutely loved how the blocks were curated. Will absolutely submit again and hope we can experience it again!

    December 2021
  • Haleh Saberi

    Highly organized and absolutely an honor to participate with my short Broken. Thank you!

    October 2021
  • Marc Cartwright

    NoHo Cinefest is AMAZING!!!! Gustavo really goes out of his way to create a celebration of film and filmmakers. The communication is impeccable, the films look and sound amazing in the theater and there is always a great turnout. Highly recommended.

    October 2021