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Headline International Film Festival (HIFF) is a North American festival which aims to advance and shine the spotlight on true independent cinema and the creativity of all the artists, storytellers and collaborators worldwide.

Using a scoring system, all entries are graded so films do not compete against each other, rather entries receiving over a required number of points receive an award. The number of points determines the level of the award.

Our jury selects films to be awarded with golden cine, excellence, merit or honorable mention titles and one winner from each competition category is also selected. Not all winners will be screened at our event, only the jury favorites from our category award winners will be screened.

Our mission is to discover and showcase new and emerging works from around the world and to provide a platform and community where filmmakers can both share and learn from one another.

HIFF's competition and nomination categories caters for the current technologically advanced market. We strive to give filmmakers of every budget a chance to shine in this competitive industry.

Awards & Prizes

Awards in the following categories:

Best Narrative Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Writer (produced film)
Best Script (spec screenplay/teleplay or stage play)

Judges also grant the following awards to other outstanding entries:

Golden Cine Awards
Awards of Excellence
Awards of Merit
Honorable Mentions

Golden Cine, Excellence, Merit, Honorable Mention awards and winning entries of each category receive HIFF Winner Laurels and a mention on the official HIFF website.

Every entrant also receives an official HIFF Hollywood Star laurel.

Rules & Terms


All entries must be submitted in English or have English subtitles/translations.

The depiction of animal abuse or animal violence, whether real, simulated or implied, is not accepted. Any films/videos with content of this kind will be automatically disqualified and deemed ineligible for any awards or recognition given to eligible entrants such as but not limited to the HIFF Hollywood Star Laurel. No refund of entry fees will be given.

By entering your film/video into the festival, you give Headline International Film Festival the right to use related material from the film for promotional purposes, unless informed otherwise by the entrant.

No fee waivers.

If your film/video is selected for the festival, you allow Headline International Film Festival the right to upload a film still/poster and/or a promotional video clip/trailer online for promotional purposes, unless informed otherwise by the entrant.

All winning entrants will have their entry marked as "Accepted" and/or "Award Winner" on their FilmFreeway account. Please note this does not necessarily mean you film will be screened at our event as only the jury favorites from our category award winners will be screened at a chosen North American venue.

If your film has been selected to screen at our event, we will contact you directly with additional instructions.

All entry fees are non-refundable. Entries received without payment of the entry fee will be automatically disqualified.

Upon entering your film/video/screenplay into the festival, you are accepting sole responsibility of securing all permissions from the copyright owner(s) of all content and material within your film/video. Headline International Film Festival will not be held responsible for any unauthorized inclusion of any copyright or trademarked content or material within your film/video/script.

HIFF reserves the right to not award a winner in categories where significant quality entries have not been received.

After the judging process is complete, Headline International Film Festival will attempt to notify all entrants of the results, using the contact information provided on the entry form. It is the entrant's responsibility to ensure all contact information given is current and correct.

Not all winning films will be screened at our event. Film selection will be made by the Headline International Film Festival Committee. Filmmakers of screening films will be contacted. HIFF cannot assist with or reimburse any travel, visa, immigration or accommodation costs pertaining to attending the event.

HIFF reserves to right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.


All Narrative films (shorts and features) made or produced by person(s) outside of a film school system are eligible for the HIFF Narrative Film Competition.

All Documentary films (shorts and features) made or produced by person(s) outside of a film school system are eligible for the HIFF Documentary Film Competition.

All Narrative and Documentary films (shorts and features) made by a film student or in association with a film school are eligible for the HIFF Student Film Competition.

Screenplays, Teleplays and Stage Plays of any length are eligible for the HIFF Script Competition.

8 Reviews

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    Alexis Chaviaras

    I recommend the HIFF. Especially to the filmmakers who are starting their festival circuit and need to have their work recognised.

    December 2016
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    Ignacio Redondo

    Great festival! Very good communication. Highly recommended!!

    December 2016
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    Shockadelic -

    Thank you for the Award of Merit for my screenplay Loonatoona.

    December 2016
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    Pedro Jaen R.

    Very good festival! Interesting content. You help greatly to promote new films and authors.

    December 2016
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    Vlado Priborsky

    Thank you very much for all!!! Perfect Festival, I wish I should come back next time. :-)

    I was the first time on festival and won with our movie one of the main award. What should I say? Once again, thank you so much!

    December 2016