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
  • 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
  • Savvas Christou

    An amazing festival with a lot of quality films! Great communication, hospitality and networking!

    April 2018
  • Jim Politano

    Amazing communication. Got e-mail updates almost everyday. Most filmmakers will tell you how important that is when judging a festival. Great venue in the heart of North Hollywood and projected in DCP. Thumbs up.

    April 2018
  • It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival. Thanks a lot to the director of the festival Gustavo Sampaio, for his great attention and kindness. I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future.

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to be part of the festival with my short film SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS. For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    April 2018
  • Skye Borgman

    This is a great LA festival. Gustavo is such a gem, really an amazing organizer, unflappable and easy going. The venue is superb and the hospitality is so great.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Skye! So honored to have had Forever 'B' with us. Such a great and important to film for all to see. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.