Hollywood Film Fest injects new talent into the heart of the filmmaking industry
The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Festival (HFF), hailed by “Variety” as “the ultimate networking opportunity” and by The New York Times as “the first mandatory stop in the awards season.” A long-standing and well-respected celebration of the very finest in big-screen storytelling, HFF presents promising filmmakers with countless opportunities to network with the industry’s top executives and brightest stars. It’s no wonder so many winners of HFF have secured representation and distribution deals through outlets including HBO, Miramax, IFC, 7th Art Releasing, Indican, and Starz, among others.
In the last ten years, HFF has seen a total 96 Oscar nominations and 32 Academy Awards presented its official selections and to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards, HFF’s companion event. HFF awards are covered by print and online media, as well as by cable and network television stations the world over. Heralded as a “pre-Oscar showcase” by “The Los Angeles Times,” last year’s event honored Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, John Hawkes, and Quentin Tarantino. Few events can compete with HFF’s heady mix of A-List star power and career-making industry exposure or with its desire to help deserving talents find their place on the world stage.
HFF has launched numerous successful careers and has exponentially increased the visibility of the talents it honors. After HFF hosted the world premiere of his first film, The Poor & Hungry, director Craig Brewer secured the sale of Hustle & Flow to Paramount Studios for a cool $9 million. That picture would go on to snag an Academy Award for Best Original Song and an Oscar nomination for its star, Terence Howard. Other notable HFF successes include director Robert DeFranco, (who sold his film, Telling You, to Miramax) and Zoe Clarke-Williams, who was signed to direct an MGM film after being honored at the festival. HFF-winning documentarian Janine Hoskins sold her film, My Khmer Heart, to HBO.
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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Hollywood Film Festival bridges the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, providing an avenue of discovery for emerging filmmakers.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Festival will initiate a series of meetings between independent filmmakers and industry professionals, through the Hollywood Network program. And with an aim toward promoting philanthropy and social awareness, HFF engineered the “Hollywood Gives Back” project to showcase the industry’s artists who have supported a variety of important causes around the world. CineCause will enable up-and-coming independent artists to be honored alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Networking opportunities rarely get better than this.
Taking place in the heart of the film industry, HFF makes it easy for attending filmmakers to connect with agents, producers, distributors, and other top industry decision-makers. HFF provides all exhibiting filmmakers with VIP Passes, granting access to premieres and screenings at the Festival, as well as the prestigious and star-studded Hollywood Awards Gala. Submit your film today for the chance to put yourself directly in front of the film industry’s biggest movers and shakers!
Hollywood Film Festival®
Founders: Carlos de Abreu and Janice Pennington
Executive Director: Jon Fitzgerald
Festival New Media Advisor: Bruce Eisen
Festival Manager: Linelle Schultz
Festival Hospitality Manager: Anessa Sanchez
Festival Hospitality Manager: Shadi Shafii
Festival Print Manager: Michael Barber
Festival Audio/Video Manager: Jesse Fernandez
Festival Coordinator: Pat Bui
Festival Coordinator: Anastasia Alvarado