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, and panels, makes this a dynamic and a 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 2024 for our 11th edition and what is certain to be an enormously enjoyable and memorable event.

Glass awards are presented in an elegant and festive environment for:
Best Picture (Feature Film)
Best Director of a Feature
Best Actor in a Feature
Best Actress in a Feature
Best Cinematography (Feature or Short)
Best Comedy Short
Best Drama Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Musical Short
Best Director of a Short
Best Actor in a Short
Best Actress in a Short
Best Documentary Short

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
  • Gustavo works at full throttle to make the North Hollywood Cinefest a powerful festival and an amazing experience for filmmakers. The venue is beyond cool. The films are super. And the way the festival plans for effective mixing and networking with filmmakers and supporters is outstanding. Wonderful experience. Great mix of L.A. cool with boutique attention and communication.

    December 2023
  • Shadow C. LaValley

    Truly thankful and grateful to have our film be a part of this festival!

    November 2023
  • Avishai Weinberger

    Great variety in types of movies shown, great venue, great people. I miss it already.

    October 2023
  • Nikki Hevesy

    Fantastic festival! State of the art theater. We were honored to have. A Year to Life screen at North Hollywood Cinefest. Gustavo and his team make every effort to ensure your film is showcased well with a great PR team, excellence on every detail and exceptional communication and care for the filmmakers and their work.

    October 2023
  • Sarina Film Productions

    This is a very well organized film festival with attention to every little detail. It’s very professional and has high standards. Thank you for official selection of our film.

    October 2023