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April 30, 2019

$10              $20


July 30, 2019

$10              $25


August 30, 2019

$15              $30

Filmmakers from the Bay of Quinte region can submit their film to the festival free of charge. Please email us for a waiver code. 

Jana Stackhouse

Toronto, Ontario

2017 Festival Filmmaker 

It was a pleasure to be a part of this festival. They were fast and efficient with communication and treated the filmmakers wonderfully. Screenings are spread out, but the selection is great. Many thanks to everyone involved!

Bob Celli

New York City

2015 & 2017 Festival Filmmaker 

They bring together an amazing selection of film. Everyone connected with the festival is friendly and supportive. The venues are great. They respect film and how they are shared. This one should continue to grow and have a bright future. 

H. Nelson Tracey

Los Angeles, California

2015 & 2016 Festival Filmmaker 

The intimate atmosphere is extremely positive and welcoming. Loved the people I met there - because it was small you get to spend more time with all the filmmakers present. Also fantastic location in Ontario Canada! 

NEW FOR 2019!

Filmmakers who submit their film are automatically granted two Festival Filmmaker Passes to this year's festival. Even if your film is not selected, you still can come and have the Hollywood North Film Festival experience!



The Feature category is open to all narrative genres for films that are a minimum of 40 minutes.



The Short category is open to all narrative genres for films that are 40 minutes or less including credits. 



Open to all student features, shorts, local, animation & Aboriginal films. A copy of a valid Student ID card MUST be emailed to contact@hnff.ca citing your submission reference number.


Open to all features, shorts or student categories that are 100% animated using any form of medium. 


For films that don't follow the conventional storytelling process.


NEW for 2019! Please submit all short and long documentaries to this category. 


Please submit all family/kid-friendly or genre-based films to this category. Films should be G-rated or have low PG themes.



Any film with a topic or LGBTQ2+ theme please submit your film to this category.



To qualify your feature, short, animation or student Indigenous film must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Director and/or Producer is of Indigenous descent

  • Lead actor or actress is of Indigenous descent

  • Film subject reflects Indigenous culture

Category Awards

Best Feature

Best Short

Best Student

Best Documentary

Best Animation

Best Indigenous 

Best Family/Kids 

Best LGBTQ2+

Best Experimental

Specialty Awards

Best Overall Film 

The judges will be looking for a high level of cinematic quality in Directing, Cinematography, Writing, Creatives (hair & makeup, production design) and Technical (sounds effects, music/score). The film that the judge's feel achieves this level of standard will be awarded.

Best Local Film

The film the judges feel displays excellence in filmmaking by a local filmmaker from the Bay of Quinte region will be awarded.

Outstanding Female Director

Films directed by a female will be awarded based on a rating system used by festival judges. Judges will be looking for the quality of story told while taking into consideration numerous other factors. 

Best Film Score

Judges will be looking for original music/scoring to a film that captures the emotional quality and pacing of the film. All film types and categories qualify for this award. Submitted pieces of music MUST be original and created for the specific film.

Audience Choice

Attending audience members will be able to vote for the film of their choice. The film with the most votes will be awarded.