We heartily welcome you to the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards! 

Now, accepting submission for January 2017 festival. Winners will be announced on January 31, 2017.

An exclusive Documentary Monthly Film Festival with a Yearly Red Carpet Interviews, Live Screening and Award Ceremony at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood.

Out of all our monthly winners, every month ONE documentary will be selected as "Best Of the Month" and will be awarded HIIDA Trophy during our yearly festival award ceremony.

Winners from Dec 2016 to Dec 2017 will be invited to attend the Mega Red Carpet HIIDA Event which will be held on March 24, 2018.

All  winning filmmakers throughout the year will come under one roof to celebrate their wins!

Films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards!

Each and every documentary subject / stories is so unique, hence our entries will not compete against each other. They will be judged on the Merit of the film.

We at HIIDA value the effort documentary filmmakers put into bringing the film together, be it subject / location or funding / distribution. HIIDA's goal is to promote and recognize documentary filmmakers from around the world. 

Upcoming festival live event
Date: March 24, 2018
Raleigh Studios Hollywood
5300 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Awards & Prizes

We will have awards in the following categories. Each film has to be submitted to a category like short, feature or Foreign etc. in order to qualify for additional technical categories.

Documentary Short
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short (Student)
Documentary Short Foreign
Documentary Feature Foreign
Documentary Trailer/Promo
Talent on Camera
Women Filmmaker
Young Filmmaker - 18 and younger

Winners will also be announced on our social media page and our website.

Rules & Terms

1. Short Docs must be under 40 minutes and Features should be at least 40 mins or more.

2. All foreign submissions must be subtitled.

3. One film can be entered in multiple categories. Films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards.

4. Online screeners, and posters are mandatory and must be uploaded to your submission page.

5. HIIDA does not make your film available online.

48 Reviews

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    Rudy Vegliante

    Great experience , look forward to submitting some of our other films

    January 2017
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    Flore Dussey

    The time of my life !!!

    December 2016
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    Simon McLean

    We had a wonderful experience at HIIDA. It's a great place to show your work and meet other documentary film makers. We were impressed by the huge variety of themes and stories. Thank you to everyone involved. Everybody was enthusiastic and very supportive of documentary films. Bravo!

    December 2016
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    Alfonso Burgos

    It's a wonderful opportunity to connect with great creators and filmmakers from around the world. You can see documentaries of quality, diversity and great humanity stories. Jaswant Shrestha and Dani Jae are so great hosts with best international team!
    HIIDA makes you feel at home. You can't lose it!

    December 2016
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    Ferdinando Maddaloni

    I could write many nice compliments to the very professional staff of HIIDA. I enclose everything in a sincere cry of "LONG LIFE TO HIIDA!

    December 2016