The Inaugural Hollywood in Italia International Film Festival (HIIFF) will take place in July 2022 in Florence (Firenze), Italy. The festival will include both in person screening and virtural streaming as we celebrate the best in independent film around the globe while also paying special homage to the American & Italian Connection that has contributed so much to Hollywood Cinema (greats like Scorsese, Tarantino & De Niro to name a few)!
HIIFF seeks to showcase, promote and empower the best and brightest independent filmmakers & creators from Hollywood to Italy and everywhere in between. From the established Veteran, to the scrappy Newcomer to the New Media Visionary our festival has a place for YOU!
We are fiercely dedicated to inclusion and promoting diverse voices, thought provoking stories & innovative content. As such we encourage multi-ethnic, multi-lingual & multi-cultural, socially conscious projects & female directed/written projects!
To support these goals we have created several awards categories including Best Film & Short, Best Italian Film, Best Guerilla Film/Short (films made with a budget less than 30k for feature /15k for shorts), Best Female Director, Best in Diversity and more! In a speial hommage to Hollywood we will also be awarding a Best Action-Adventure film...afterall what's Hollywood without Action! See the Awards section for a complete list of categories.
We are literally rolling out the red carpet to support our filmmakers careers! From our red carpet interviews & photo exhibitions, to our informative & empowering workshops with top industry professionals in areas such as Distribution / Streaming / Producing / Marketing / Casting/ Screenwriting / Acting / Social Media, numerous networking events, parties opening night gala and closing night awards show with CASH prizes and showcasing your film in a historic 463 seat theater with Q&A sessions after EVERY screening.
Join us as we unite Hollywood’s energy & glamour with old world beauty of Firenze (Florence) home of the Renaissance - a city that has inspired artists for centuries. Deepen you cultural experience by joining one of our Free Italian of English language workshops or simply have a spritz as you network with some of the brightest starts in the filmmaking world.
FEE WAIVERS NOT AVAILABLE.
Trophy & Cash Prize
- BEST FEATURE FILM
- BEST SHORT FILM
- BEST ITALIAN FILM
- AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
- BEST GUERILLA FEATURE (budget < $30k)
- BUEST GUERILLA SHORT (budget<15k)
- BEST DOCUMENTARY
- BEST ANIMATED FILM
- BEST IN DIVERSITY (multi-cultural/ lingual etc)
- BEST SCREENPLAY FEATURE/SHORT
(the following categories are optional)
- BEST DIRECTOR MALE/ FEMALE
- BEST ACTOR
- BEST ACTRESS
- BEST ENSEMBLE
OFFICIAL NFT Certificate
- BEST WEBISODE/WEBSERIES
- BEST NEW MEDIA PROJECT
- BEST VIDEO (MUSIC) PROJECT
To promote diverse stories and voices that inspire thought-provoking conversation, change and understanding.
To deepen the cross-cultural connection between American, Italian & the best cinema world wide.
Showcase Italian films to an international audience while bringing diversity to the Italian audience.
To support and encourage and support multi-cultural and multi-language content around the world.
Contribute to the commercial distribution of diverse films across Italy & international markets.
Promote appreciation of Italian Cinema & language thru special category of “Best Italian Film” & free Italian lessons for filmmakers.
FLORENCE / FIRENZE, ITALY
Florence (Firenze), capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. She has inspired artists for centuries.
CINEMA LA COMPAGNIA
The Cinema La Compagnia is first and foremost the “Casa del Cinema e dei Festival della Toscana,” better known as the "house of cinema," a new space located in the center of Florence which history takes us back to "Cinema Modernissimo," a movie theater built in 1921. The Cinema boasts a main hall with 463 seats, a fifty-seat multimedia room for workshops & a bar/café.