(noun): /ɡəˈrɪlə ˈfɪlmˌmeɪkər/

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... indie filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and cinematic rebels WORLDWIDE to the Hollywood Guerrilla Film Festival! First off, this is NOT an exclusive, elitist film festival. No gatekeeping, no high entry fees. Rather, this is YOUR call to action!

🔑What’s a Guerrilla Filmmaker? A Guerrilla Filmmaker makes the MOST of limited resources and uses innovative, non-traditional methods to create their films. With the film industry's evolving landscape, we envision a future where films are not restricted by budget constraints. Instead, all filmmakers are celebrated for their storytelling, creativity, and resourcefulness. That's what THIS festival stands for.

The Hollywood Guerrilla Film Festival is EXCLUSIVELY on FilmFreeway! We applaud each storyteller who dares to break the fourth wall of conventional filmmaking. Our approach is fresh and inclusive! Meaning, the goal is not solely to pick the "best" film. We aim to showcase the brilliant diversity of human stories, techniques, and styles. To make it as inclusive as possible, it's FREE to enter on FilmFreeway! Yes, that’s right! It’s FREE to enter on FilmFreeway.

ALL festival attendees who submit their project on FilmFreeway will be gifted a downloadable laurel. Please join our Facebook community page to demonstrate collaboration over competition:

🌟100% FREE GUERRILLA FILM COMMUNITY: Our community Facebook page has been established to foster connection and support for ALL of our filmmakers, especially those with NO budget. The 100% FREE access to our FACEBOOK group includes many benefits: networking, collaboration, feedback, resource-sharing, exclusive opportunities, and a supportive community. Join here:

🌟100% FREE PROMOTION: The laurel can be added to your virtual film poster, your social media feed, or anywhere else you'd like to showcase it. At Hollywood Guerrilla Film Festival, we believe that anyone who dares to tell a story and put it on screen is already a winner. So, join us as we set the stage for the new age of global indie filmmaking, where EVERY FILMMAKER get a chance, ALL FILMMAKERS have a voice, and EACH FILMMAKER is celebrated. See FAQ for “what is a laurel” and more on how you can use it to promote your work.


To receive an official laurel you must secure a ticket. To secure your Global VIP Pass:

Watch this to better understand EXACTLY how voting works AFTER you've secured your VIP pass:

Join us on the preferred platform used by Sundance, Slamdance, and the Atlanta Film Festival. Support global creativity!

With your Global Entry VIP Pass, YOU have the power to vote for your favorite films. Your vote makes a difference!

ANYONE may secure a pass and vote! YES! That means friends, family, your social network....ANYONE!

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Join our community here:

To receive an official laurel you must secure a Global VIP Pass.

To secure your Global VIP Pass:

Watch this to better understand EXACTLY how voting works AFTER you've secured your VIP pass:

If your film places in the top 3 when the voting period closes, you will receive:

🏆An 'Official Selection' designation in your respective category!

🏆A CUSTOM laurel to add to your film poster, social and IMDB profile!

If your film is selected as #1 in your category, you will receive:

🏆An 'Official Winner' designation in your respective category!

🏆An 'Official Winner' laurel to add to your film poster, social and IMDB profile!

🏆An EXCLUSIVE invitation to attend the annual Gorilla Gala as an "Official Winner" at the iconic Warner Bros. Studios!

Being selected as an "OFFICIAL WINNER" is not merely a transient honor!

🏆Those who achieve this distinction will receive a PERMANENT listing on the Hollywood Guerrilla Film Festival website, ensuring that their accomplishments as a professional, vetted filmmaker remain visible and recognized for years to come

🏆"OFFICIAL WINNERS" will receive a special showcase on our Instagram and Twitter profiles

🏆"OFFICIAL WINNERS" will be invited to annual Guerrilla Gala, slated to take place on the lot at the iconic Warner Bros. Studios!

🏆Our ‘GORILLA GALA’ premier event is not just any screening; it's an EXCLUSIVE Hollywood affair that takes place in Jack Warner's PRIVATE screening room on the Warner Bros. movie studio lot!

🏆For more details, head over to our FAQ section:


At the Hollywood Guerrilla Film Festival, we strive to emphasize inclusivity by extending our call to entry in OVER 80 LANGUAGES, ensuring non-English speakers from around the world can participate. We take pride in representing diverse voices and cultures, welcoming filmmakers who have a passion for storytelling in any language. In addition to our commitment to inclusivity, we offer a range of unique categories that celebrate the art of short filmmaking. These categories include:

🏆‘G’s UP’ Award: This award recognizes dedication & commitment to uplift and empower fellow Guerrilla filmmakers during the individual award period. Instead of competition, think COLLABORATION.

🏆Most Outstanding First-Time Filmmaker on Zero to Low Budget🎬🏆

🏆 Melhor Curta-Metragem Épico em Português, com Orçamento Reduzido 🎥 🇵🇹 🇧🇷 🇦🇴 🇲🇿 🇨🇻 🇬🇼 🇹🇱 🇬🇶 🇸🇹+

🏆الفئة: 🎬 "أفضل فيلم قصير عربي متطور بميزانية محدودة" 🎥 + 🇸🇦 🇪🇬 🇮🇶 🇲🇦 🇾🇪 🇸🇾 🇹🇳 🇱🇧 🇯🇴 🇩🇿

🏆 فنی‌شان ما را تحت تأثیر قرار می‌دهند! 🎞️🇮🇷

🏆Most Uplifting Global Short 💖🎬 شكرا, 谢谢, Merci, ありがとう, Gracias, Спасибо, धन्यवाद

🏆Most Inspiring LGBTQIA+ Short 🌈🎥

🏆Best Socially Relevant Short

🏆Cortometraje Español Micro-Presupuesto Más Sofisticado🎥 🇪🇸 🇲🇽 🇨🇴 🇦🇷 🇵🇪 🇻🇪 🇨🇱 🇬🇹 🇨🇷 🇸🇻 +

🏆सबसे सॉफिस्टिकेटेड हिंदी शॉर्ट फिल्म, माइक्रो बजट पर 🎥 🇮🇳 🇮🇳🏆Most Unique Climate & Environment Short 🎬🌍

🏆Most Informative Wealth Inequality Short

🏆Most Compelling Film on Global Relations

… and many more!

While we offer categories that emphasize socially relevant themes, it's important to note that not all films need to be documentary-esque. Our diverse range of categories also include comedy, satire, horror, and more unique genre mash-ups.

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Disclaimer and Terms & Conditions:

⚖️Welcome to the Hollywood Guerrilla Film Festival. By participating, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the following terms and conditions:

⚖️Eligibility: Filmmakers are invited to submit their completed projects. We accept films up to 20 minutes in length, completed no earlier than 12 months prior to the entry date.

⚖️Submission: Short film submission to the festival is FREE via FilmFreeway. Filmmakers may submit their short film(s) without any entry fee.

⚖️Voting Access and Fee: To gain voting rights for all entries in the festival, a one-time ticket purchase is required. The ticket fee provides voting access for the purchaser.

⚖️Voting Procedure: Each ticket purchase grants the holder three (3) votes. However, these votes cannot be used to vote for the same film three times. Participants are allowed to vote once for their own submission.

⚖️Supporting Other Filmmakers: The structure of our festival encourages filmmakers to support their peers in the indie film industry. Filmmakers are welcome to invite their network to support their film, as well as other films in the festival.

⚖️Ticket Purchase and Voting Rights: Each ticket purchase includes three (3) votes. You do not need to have a film in the festival to purchase a ticket and cast votes.

⚖️Disclaimer: The Hollywood Guerrilla Film Festival (HGFF) is committed to promoting a culture of respect, inclusivity, and legality. We expressly disclaim all liability for any violations of laws and regulations committed by the submitting filmmaker. This includes, but is not limited to, breaches of copyright, intellectual property rights, privacy rights, and any local or international laws applicable to the production, distribution, and exhibition of the submitted film.

The filmmaker is solely responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions, licenses, and clearances, and for ensuring that the film does not infringe upon the rights of any third party. Any legal fees, penalties, or other consequences arising from such infringements are the exclusive responsibility of the filmmaker. HGFF will not be held accountable or pay any legal fees related to the submission.

By submitting a film to HGFF, the filmmaker acknowledges and agrees to these terms and conditions, and indemnifies HGFF against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

The filmmaker understands that being selected for the final round does not guarantee a win. The selection of winners is at the sole discretion of the HGFF judging panel. Furthermore, HGFF does not require the filmmaker to attend any live event associated with the festival. Participation in any such event is entirely at the discretion of the filmmaker.

By submitting your film to the Hollywood Global Film Festival (HGFF), you hereby grant HGFF the non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and worldwide right to use excerpts, still images, posters, and any promotional materials associated with your film for the purpose of marketing, advertising, and promoting HGFF and its events. This includes, but is not limited to, the HGFF official website, social media platforms, YouTube, Vimeo, and Eventive channels. Your submission implies your understanding and acceptance of HGFF's right to utilize these materials in connection with the promotion of the festival and your film.

HGFF reserves the right to disqualify any film that it determines, in its sole discretion, violates any law or could be seen as endorsing or promoting illegal activities, hate crimes, violence, or harm to vulnerable individuals or groups. While we respect freedom of expression, we are committed to maintaining a festival environment that is safe, respectful, and legal for all participants.

By submitting your film, you agree to these terms and conditions. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not submit your film. We reserve the right to change or modify these terms and conditions without prior notice. It is the responsibility of the participants to keep themselves informed about any changes.

Thank you for your interest in the Hollywood Guerrilla Film Festival. We look forward to seeing your films and sharing them with our audience!

Overall Rating
  • "It was a true honor to participate in this Festival. The Staff is very active, and even though it's a new Festival, there are many participants.

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you kindly, Alex! It was our pleasure.

  • chole sol entonado

    than you for this place

    September 2023
  • Its was great experience to part of this film festival.

    September 2023
  • Vittorio Caratozzolo

    In this attractive and dynamic festival we found great sensibility regarding our organizational problems, combined with an effective practical sense. Thanks a lot for the hospitality, for the precious opportunity and the pleasant communication.

    September 2023
  • Vibin Alex

    beautiful festival and the best organization. Thank you for this great opportunity.

    Once again, thanks for selecting our film.

    September 2023