HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS

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ABOUT JUDGING / NOTES

MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

Making an independent movie is a challenge and we here at HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS want to help you get your film on the path to success with all of the recognition, notoriety and accolades you deserve.

Once your indie film is complete, marketing your movie with the right credentials and advertising tools becomes essential. 

As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS and FESTIVAL is committed to showcasing TRULY independent films, we are dedicated to finding those "hidden gems" that may otherwise be overlooked by the bigger festivals because of the lack of name recognition or budget.

In our first year, we are thrilled to announce that we will be screening selected winning films at PARAMOUNT STUDIOS in Hollywood on October 6, 2018. Invaluable exposure for your hard work!

Screening Venue:

Paramount Studios, Back Lot
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Our live screening event at Paramount Studios will include a day of festivities including multiple screenings, filmmaker Q&A's, red carpet arrivals and photographs and delivering of awards to winning filmmakers.

Let's celebrate your huge accomplishment!

JUDGING
Located in the heart of Hollywood, the judges of HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS range from former studio executives and talent managers to award winning independent filmmakers with a combined experience of over 40 years in the entertainment industry. 
If your film is selected for an an AWARD, you will be notified via email as an "Official Selection" and you will receive an "Official Selection" laurel. 
Each category will have their own set of AWARDS that will be broken down into the sections below:
FEATURE FILM  (in the genresDrama, Comedy, Horror, SciFi and LGBT; each genre will be voted on separately and receive their own set of Awards)
AWARDS: 
  • BEST PICTURE
  • GOLD AWARD
  • SILVER AWARD
  • BRONZE AWARD
The "BEST PICTURE" winner from each genre (Drama, Comedy, Horror and LGBT) will receive an engraved statuette and an in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your film is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST PICTURE" WINNER on IMDb. 
 
Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!
"GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winneron IMDb. 
We help you create a buzz for your film! 
SHORT FILM  (UNDER 40 MINUTES; in the genresDrama, Comedy, Horror, SciFi and LGBT; each genre will be voted on separately and receive their own set of Awards)
AWARDS: 
  • BEST SHORT FILM
  • GOLD AWARD
  • SILVER AWARD
  • BRONZE AWARD
The "BEST SHORT FILM" winner from each genre will receive a certificate of their "WIN" and in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your film is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST SHORT FILM" WINNER on IMDb. 
 
Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!
"GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winneron IMDb. 
We help you create a buzz for your film! 
DOCUMENTARY  (Feature Documentary, Short Documentary; each category (feature/short) will be voted on separately and  receive their own set of Awards)
AWARDS: 
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY (Feature & Short)
  • GOLD AWARD
  • SILVER AWARD
  • BRONZE AWARD
The "BEST PICTURE" winner from the Feature Documentary Category and the Short Documentary Category will receive a certificate acknowledging their "WIN" and an in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your film is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST PICTURE" WINNER on IMDb. 
 
Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!
GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winneron IMDb. 
We help you create a buzz for your film!
  
WEB SERIES
 
 AWARDS: 
  • BEST WEB SERIES
  • GOLD AWARD
  • SILVER AWARD
  • BRONZE AWARD
The "BEST WEB SERIES" winner will receive a certificate of their "WIN" and in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your web series is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST WEB SERIES" WINNER on IMDb. 
Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!
GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winneron IMDb. 
We help you create a buzz for your film!
MUSIC VIDEO
AWARDS: 
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO
  • GOLD AWARD
  • SILVER AWARD
  • BRONZE AWARD
The "BEST MUSIC VIDEO" winner will receive a certificate of their "WIN" and in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your music video is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST MUSIC VIDEO" WINNER on IMDb. 
Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!
GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winneron IMDb. 
We help you create a buzz for your film!
STUDENT FILM
AWARDS: 
  • BEST STUDENT FILM
  • GOLD AWARD
  • SILVER AWARD
  • BRONZE AWARD
The "BEST STUDENT FILM" winner will receive a certificate of their "WIN" and in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your music video is now eligible to be listed as a "BEST STUDENT FILM" WINNER on IMDb. 
Invaluable PR for your film and it's team!
GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE Award Winners" will receive a mention not only on HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally their names will be featured in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your winning feature film is now eligible to be listed as a ""GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE Award Winneron IMDb. 
We help you create a buzz for your film!
 
 
BEST OF FESTIVAL 
BEST OF FESTIVAL will be awarded to the ONE chosen project, regardless of category, which HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS deems to be the "best of the best" among all of the submissions to the festival. 
The "BEST OF FESTIVAL" winner will receive an engraved statuette and an in-depth written interview with the filmmaker that will not only appear on the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS website and blog, but additionally it will be sent out in a WORLDWIDE press release and promoted via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
***As HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS is IMDb qualifying, your project is now eligible to be listed as "BEST OF FESTIVAL" WINNER on IMDb.
LIVE SCREENINGS
LIVE SCREENINGS will be selected among the WINNERS of the HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS. Not all category WINNERS will receive a live screening. 
 
WINNING projects chosen to screen, will be honored to show their film on the back lot at PARAMOUNT STUDIOS in Hollywood, California, September 30, 2017, along with a red carpet and filmmaker Q&A.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
***Please note, all non-English speaking films must be subtitled in order to be considered, with the exception of music videos.