ABOUT US

WE HAD A BLAST DURING OUR LIVE AND PUBLIC EVENT LAST MAY 7TH 2022 AT THE ICONIC RALEIGH STUDIOS IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. CHECK OUT THE EVENT PHOTOS ABOVE!

We are enthusiastically dedicated to promoting new filmmakers’ projects and showcasing their films to international audiences. Our mission is to screen independent films of all genres from all around the world! Are you going to miss out on being a part of such an awesome event?

HOLLYWOOD SHORTSFEST is a GOLD FilmFreeway competition with an Annual Live Event to be celebrated in the heart of Hollywood, and a quarterly online screening event. HOLLYWOOD SHORTSFEST is rated one of the TOP 20 MOST POPULAR FILM FESTIVALS.

USD 6000 CASH AWARDS PER YEAR !!!

HOLLYWOOD SHORTSFEST HAS CREATED A SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM TO SHOWCASE THE NEWEST PROJECTS THROUGH INTERVIEWS, Q&A AND VIDEO PRESENTATIONS. Be sure to follow us to stay updated!

After each online event our jury will choose a short to award with the special GRAND JURY AWARD, receiving a CASH PRIZE of USD 1500. Also we will grant a USD 1500 Cash Prize at our Live Event to the Audience Award Winner.

SHORT FILM SELECTION PROCESS

Once you submit your project, it will be reviewed by our screeners team.

Film rating will be based on originality and creativity, direction, writing, cinematography, performances, production value, pacing, structure, sound & music.

Films with the highest scores will be part of the Official Selection and will receive an email notification with the corresponding laurel.

Non-Selected films will also receive an email from FilmFreeway on the notification date.

All Official Selection movies will be screened in our online Event.

All Official Selection movies will be watched and reviewed by our Jury who will select the winners.

At the end of the online screening, the winners of each category will be announced.

All the main category winners (Short, Foreign Language, First Time Filmmaker, Experimental, Documentary, Student, Student Animated Short, Animated Short, Drama, Comedy, Horror, and Music Video) will be automatically selected for our annual Live Event in the wonderful city of Hollywood.

Additionally, our curator will invite some top-notch, exceptional projects to participate in the live event.

Each winner will be notified via email from FilmFreeway and HSF, and we will attach a personalized achievement certificate, as well as the Official Laurels.

Winners will be announced on our website in the WINNERS section and promoted on our social media!

CATEGORIES

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CATEGORIES

  • BEST SHORT
  • BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER SHORT
  • BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT
  • BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
  • BEST STUDENT SHORT
  • BEST ANIMATED SHORT
  • BEST STUDENT ANIMATED SHORT
  • BEST DRAMA SHORT
  • BEST COMEDY SHORT
  • BEST HORROR SHORT
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO

TECHNICAL & PERFORMANCES
CATEGORIES

  • BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR
  • BEST MALE DIRECTOR
  • BEST FEMALE STUDENT DIRECTOR
  • BEST MALE STUDENT DIRECTOR
  • BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • BEST SCREENWRITING
  • BEST ACTOR
  • BEST ACTRESS
  • BEST NEW ACTOR/ACTRESS
  • BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
  • BEST SOUND DESIGN
  • BEST EDITING
  • BEST PRODUCER
  • BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

JURY

Our Judging Team is made up of juries from different fields of the film industry who have no ties to the films in competition. Each Season we invite judges from all around the world who will select the best films and artists in all categories. All main category winning films will be screened at our live event, among other 100 incredible films. Moreover, all official selection films will be screened at our virtual event.

LIVE EVENT

Our Live Screening Event will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase your short film and get the chance to network with other colleagues from the industry. Be prepared to have an incredible time! Don’t forget to get your picture taken while walking the red carpet! All main category winners will be screened at our public Live Event.

RULES

Rules & Terms

IF YOU SUBMIT YOUR FILM, YOU AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING RULES:

FILMS MUST BE 40 MINUTES OR LESS.

FILMS MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE DATE THE PROJECT IS SUBMITTED.

FILMS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH A PRIVATE LINK (VIMEO, YOUTUBE, FilmFreeway, SELF HOSTED). OTHER FORMAT IS CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTED.

QUALITY STANDARDS MUST BE MET. BELOW 720P RESOLUTION, POOR AUDIO QUALITY, ETC WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

FILMS CONTAINING ANY OTHER LANGUAGE THAN ENGLISH MUST HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

HSF HAS NO PREMIERE STATUS REQUIREMENTS.

ALL FEES ARE NON TRANSFERABLE AND NON REFUNDABLE.

WE DO NOT OFFER FEE WAIVERS.