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Located in the heart of the

NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles, the North Hollywood CineFest film festival has established itself as a premiere event for independent cinema from all over the world.  

By combining a vibrant local social scene with a state-of-the-art cinema experience, every filmmaker and film lover is sure to be impressed and delighted with the theater and surrounding location.

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About North Hollywood CineFest

Celebrating great independent filmmaking of all genres in both feature and short lengths, the North Hollywood CineFest film festival is an event you won’t want to miss. 


The North Hollywood CineFest film festival takes place every year in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles. The event has become known as the premiere event for global independent cinema. A state-of-the-art experience is combined with a vibrant local social scene to create a festival that everyone will enjoy. 

NoHo CineFest had its inaugural year in 2014 and was founded by Gustavo Sampaio and Francy Natalia Sossa Briceno.  

Champions of the arts, the couple wanted to offer and elevated cinematic experiences for independent filmmakers and enthusiasts alike. 


North Hollywood is an area of Los Angeles well knows for being the home of numerous artists as well as production houses and studios.  Plus, its NoHo Arts District offers numerous entertainment and night life options that makes the festival shine with great creative energy.  

What to expect from the North Hollywood CineFest film festival

Films from all around the world are programmed in this festival, making it an exciting opportunity to showcase your work and enjoy indie cinema at its finest! We also invite the Hollywood community to provide a festival experience that is fun, informative, and productive, with an exceptional networking atmosphere. It has become a must-attend event for anyone in the world of films. 

Awards given at the North Hollywood CineFest film festival

Our festival offers over a dozen awards, presented in elegant glassware, in numerous categories. This includes the likes of Best Short Film (multiple genres), Best Student Film, Best Documentary (short and feature), Best Actor (short and feature), Best Actress (short and feature), Best Director (short and feature) and Best Picture.

What goes on during the event?

There are many reasons why this dynamic film festival has become an event that you simply cannot miss. This includes many different activities and events over the eight-day period such as seminars, parties, red carpet events, press events, and of course, amazing film screenings. There is something for everyone to enjoy. 


Every year there are themes and genres highlighted, so we always recommend that you keep your eyes peeled for this information. Generally, though, we’re just searching for great films. We support the new, promising, creative, and courageous, so if you think you fall into those categories, make sure you get in touch to feature our festival. 

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