6 years strong! Time to show us your best in the world of Genre cinema, and we'll screen it in Hollywood!

Taking hold of the Los Angeles indie scene, HYBRID GENRE USA loves genre cinema and aims to recognize and celebrate filmmakers who have poured their heart, passion, and incredible skill into their projects.

We are a festival that selects and screens a range of genres, from science fiction to animation, from horror to historical, and all the brilliance that lies in-between. Part of an alliance of indie festivals around the world, this is a great opportunity to get your work seen both in USA and globally.

Official selections of our festival are screened each year at trendy event spaces in downtown Los Angeles. Filmmakers are encouraged to join us at these events for Q&As, an awards presentation, and an opportunity to mingle with an enthusiastic audience.

In addition to screening opportunities, films that are selected for HYBRID GENRE have the opportunity to win a variety of awards, accolades, distribution opportunities, and prizes (see below). Our awards are IMDb certified!

We welcome films from all over the world, and of all genres. We screen shorts, webseries, and features. We also have a SCREENPLAY COMPETITION, expertly curated by industry professionals.

Submit your film to HYBRID GENRE and join an amazing community of genre-bending filmmakers and film-lovers.

Films submitted to our festival are eligible for a variety of awards and prizes. Each award-winner receives a laurel, and those who attend our in-person screenings are presented with a certificate for their achievement. We also offer a variety of prizes - depending on the month - including local sponsorships for rental gear, products and subscriptions, as well as film distribution opportunities.

We're an award-laden festival with awards including:

Best Short
Best Feature

Best of Content:
Production Design

Best of style:
Drama Film
Thriller Film
Horror Film
Period Piece
War Film
Fantasy Film
Sci-Fi Film

Best Indigenous Film
Best USA Film
Best of Horror Showcase
and many more!

HYBRID GENRE USA – Terms and conditions:

The following is an explanation of the rules and regulations (“Rules & Regulations”) governing the submission of a film, trailer, feature, short, music video, web series, reality show pilot, demo reel, short animation, sizzle reel, documentary, short screenplay (hereafter called the “Project”) for consideration of the 2022 / 2023 HYBRID GENRE USA Film Festival (hereinafter called the “Festival”). All information contained in this document shall herein supersede any prior information regarding submission to the Festival.

By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions found on this page, the person submitting the Project (hereafter called the “Applicant”) acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the Project (hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”) whose consent is required to submit the Project to the Company, and has read and understood the submission rules and regulations set forth below:

There will be many submissions, but only those selected will be shown. The submitter accepts that by submitting and paying the submission fee, their submission might not be selected. They accept that in some festivals only award-winning films are shown.
Once submitted the Festival reserves the right to play the Applicant’s work at a live screening and/or screenings with no screening fees or ticket remuneration for the Applicant. This is non-negotiable.

Works submitted that do not meet criteria or fail to adhere to the guidelines, rules and regulations are not the responsibility of the Company or Festival. These submissions may lead to automatic disqualification and loss of submission fee. In order to be considered for the Festival, the Applicant must submit via FilmFreeway located at https://filmfreeway.com or on the Festival’s Home page. The Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is not submitted through this platform.


Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Company will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project’s acceptance status. The Company disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.

Full Ownership:

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Project from any and all actual or potential legal claims or issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories or libel, defamation, slander, invasion of privacy, violation of rights or publicity, theft or trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of expressed or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). The Company expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to submitted Project, including any content materials that are or may become the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. The Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and hold harmless the Company, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

Submission content:

All of the above types of content will be considered for screening. We will consider content of all types so long as the content is not purely pornographic in nature. Media containing hate speech, homophobia, transphobia and other un-artistically motivated discriminatory content will be immediately disqualified. Gratuitous violence, vulgar language and other similar content will be screened to determine if artistic and within the scope of the Festival, at the Festival’s sole discretion. We encourage all types of art and do not wish to discourage any Project, within reason.


By submitting the project the applicant agrees that the festival may award them a finalist, official selection or category winner and thus the festival may show the project or extracts of the project in Festival-related advertising both online and in print, in perpetuity. The applicant needs to be aware that by submitting the project they transfer all the necessary rights to the festival so that the festival has all legal rights to show imagery from and extracts of the project for all such purposes, in perpetuity. The promotion may include online and social media campaigns like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo and Youtube campaigns as well as print campaigns like poster advertisement or print media campaigns.

Festival Rights:

Company and Festival expressly deny and are not responsible for any promises of offers for distribution. This is merely an avenue or channel for Applicant to submit Project for exposure and viewing pleasure of audiences. The Company is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Company or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.


Festival, Company and its affiliates reserve the sole and exclusive right to change the dates and times of viewing of Officially Selected Projects or dates of Festival. Applicant acknowledges and accepts Company, Festival and its affiliates have no control over natural disasters, acts of nature, and circumstances of emergency that might cause change in dates and times. Good faith efforts will be given by Company, Festival and its affiliates to inform Applicant of any date or time changes in advance, if possible.

Company reserves the sole and exclusive right to choose which works will be shown, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected. Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees.

Overall Rating
  • You had me at HYBRID. My screenplay, POSSUM MAN, is a hybrid if there ever was one and I was thrilled and honored to receive a FINALIST status. I love Toronto! You guys have excellent taste! ;-)

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Eddie, you're the best!

    You had us as POSSUM MAN!

    Well done and see you again soon!
    HG Canada

  • Tim Millette

    It was an honor that HybridGenre enjoyed my simple fairy tale Cascadia and even put it on their Red List. Although I was not able to attend the 2021 festival, I will enjoy the shindig in 2022. I know it will be great because the organizers were most gracious and Toronto is a happening town!

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Tim,

    Fantastic work on getting on the Red List! Thanks an a achievement for sure - have an amazing year of writing and we hope to see you in September.

    HG Canada

  • I loved getting a Hybrid Genre award for "Best Feature Script" since my Sub-Arctic "Winter Bird" straddles several definitions.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    We're happy your award was such a great fit! And we loved getting to read your script - thank you for sharing. :)

  • Delighted you loved Mathias, thank you!!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU for sharing your work with us! :) - Hybrid Genre

  • Manu Gallego

    Thanks Johnatan for always being there to help, for your interest and kindness. Festival del tiempo is the festival that has treated me best: close and warm. In addition there are no festivals or there are few festivals whose main theme is time and history. Super interesting. Thank you for promoting my short film in Canada and Australia. What a pitty to live so far and not be able to attend the festival! Best wishes for Film festival of Time! Thanks Johnathan!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this kind and glowing review! We're so glad you had a positive experience with our festival, and we were so happy to be able to share your film with our audiences. - TFFT