iHOLLY: The Next Generation Independent Film Festival

Creating Opportunities!
Guaranteed Distribution Deals!
$2,000.oo in Cash Prizes!

Connecting the Indie Filmmakers and Film Students with a panel of Expert and Celebrity Judges all Working in the Indie Community:

Judges featured on iHOLLY have included:
Joe Charbanic (director of The Watcher)
Uwe Boll (Director of over 30 feature films and C.E.O. of Boll World Sales)
Darwin Brooks (A.D.: 47 Ronin, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Alexander, Syriana, etc...)
Bill Oberst jr. (Day-Time-Emmy-Winning Actor best known for his role CBS-TV's Criminal Minds)
Catherine Mary Stewart (actress best known for her lead role in Weekend at Bernie's)
Giorgio Serafini (director of Game of Death)
Alfonso Freeman (actor best known for his rolls in: Shawshank Redemption, Seven, & Bucket List)
Gary King (Raindance-winning director)

Awards & Prizes

The *HOLLY’s*

The Best Film of the Festival (all categories)!
Will receive a $1,000.oo prize!
(And for features, an offer of a world-wide distribution deal!)

The Best Screenplay of the Festival (all categories)!
Will receive a $1,000 prize!

* Note: All runners up and films showing merit will also be considered for distribution.
* Submitting to the festival does not require a commitment to production or distribution through iHOLLY. Production and distribution are just opportunities we are providing our HOLLY winners which they may accept or reject.

* Further Note: iHOLLY is an IMDb listed festival: http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0004549/
* And any film that makes festival selection on IMDb will qualify for and IMDb page.

Additional Awards:

iHOLLY International Film Festival is an IMDb qualifying film festival by receiving any awards or being accepted to iHOLLY, your film, cast, and crew are qualified for an IMDb page with your awards featured on IMDb!

by category:
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Narrative Series Pilot
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Series Pilot Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay
Best Documentary
Best Student Film

by genre:
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Drama
Best Romance
Best Thriller/Action
Best Suspense/Mystery/Crime
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Best Musical

by sub-genre:
Best Dark Film
Best LGBTQ Film
Best Family Film
Best Experimental Film
Best True / Based-on-True-Life Story

cross category:
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Women Filmmakers
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editing
Best Score
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Villain
Best Sidekick
Best Comedic Actor/Actress
Best Action Sequence
Best Effects
Best Monologue
Best Animation

Best Story
Best Twist
Best Dialog
Best Characters

Rules & Terms

By submitting either film or screenplay to iHOLLY the submitter makes no commitment to distribution or production through iHOLLY. Both the distribution deal and greenlight are optional offers which the recipient of the Holly may evaluate and choose to accept or reject.

The festival "screenings" shall will be optional on acceptance into the festival. Screenings will be on the iHOLLY website in which case a link to the trailer, short, or full film will be requested for the screenings, but not required. iHOLLY's focus on on awards, distribution, and greenlighting productions.

Content must be suitable for what would be an R or lesser rating.

The panel of expert and celebrity judges (listed above) shall make their evaluation for the HOLLY’s from the top 10 finalists from the film and screenplay competitions.

In the case of limited funding from iHOLLY’s sponsors, it maybe necessary to only give out one Holly and therefore one $1,000 cash prize instead of two, one for the screenplays and one for the films.

10 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    C Mesber

    A very nice competition. It has not an event, but the experience via internet was enjoyable. Thanks

    May 2017
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    Larry Thomas

    iHolly has always been good to me!

    May 2017
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    Carroll Brown

    Couldn't be more delighted with the festival. Great communication, supportive and helpful organizers. Won't hesitate to submit future projects to them!

    May 2017
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    Luis Sánchez Martínez

    Great festival. I got a winner award this year. I will submit again some of my new stuff next year for sure!

    May 2017
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    Gair mcdonald

    I was delighted that my feature The Gurel was selected as a finalist and honoured that the feature was the winner of best creature feature screenplay. I thank the festival for this and hopefully for me this can generate interest in my material.

    May 2017