iHOLLY: The Next Generation Independent Film Festival

Creating Opportunities!
Guaranteed Distribution Deals!

Connecting the Indie Filmmakers and Film Students with a panel of Expert and Celebrity Judges, Connecting Delivering Films and Scripts to Production and Distribution Companies.

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)

The *Holly's*
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
(The award winning Feature will receive an offer of a world-wide distribution deal!)

* 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.

Additional Awards:

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

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 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.

Overall Rating
  • They see the unique side of every kind of film in their own way while many other festivals oversee it.

    February 2019
  • John Burdeaux

    I was awarded kudos for my short script, for which I am very appreciative. However, I am puzzled by exactly what iHolly is or is supposed to be. I visited the website several times a day each day during the designated event dates, but there was never anything about an online festival, nothing about the selected films or scripts until the publication of the 2018 winners. Is there something I'm not getting?

    May 2018
  • C Mesber

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

    May 2017
  • iHolly has always been good to me!

    May 2017
  • 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