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Narrative Feature Films:

Feature films must be fictional and 60 minutes or over TRT. This category includes cash prizes for the following:

Best Feature Film $1000.00
Best Director (Feature Film) $500.00
Best Screenplay (Feature Film) $500.00
Best Actor (Feature Film) $500.00
Best Actress (Feature Film) $500.00

Narrative Short Films:

Short films must under 60 minutes TRT. This category includes a cash prize for the following:

Best Short Film $500.00

Documentary Feature Films:

Documentary films must be 45 minutes or over TRT. This category includes a cash prize for the following:

Best Documentary $500.00

Television Pilots:

TV Pilots may include presentations or full-length pilots, and must be over 5 minutes TRT but no more than 60 minutes. This category includes a cash prize for the following:

Best TV Pilot $250.00


The HIFF will accept submissions of unproduced feature-length screenplays for this category. Screenplays must be at least 50 pages but no more than 180 pages. This category includes the following prize:

Best Unproduced Screenplay $500.00

Terms & Conditions

All applicants submitting to HIFF, must agree to the following:
My entry is a screenplay or a feature film, short film, documentary film or TV pilot entered for judging on DVD or Blu-Ray. If my entry is selected for Festival screening at HIFF, I agree to rush a DVD (NTSC) or Blu-Ray (NTSC). I hold the Hoboken International Film Festival harmless from damage to the DVD/Blu-Ray en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival’s possession of the DVD/Blu-Ray. I agree that if I want my exhibition DVD/Blu-Ray returned to me, I must pay for the shipping costs in the manner defined in HIFF’s General Rules.
I also agree to the following terms: Cash prizes are conditioned upon winners’ personal presence and acceptance at the festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony. The winner of the jury awards for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film, Best TV Pilot and the Audience Award Best of the Festival, must be personally accepted by the projects’ producer, director or executive producer in order to be eligible for the cash prizes. In order to receive any cash prize, the winner’s film must have been submitted with the appropriate submission fee; films submitted without their respective submission fees are not eligible for cash prizes, though they may win HIFF award(s) and are entitled to the trophies if they do win any HIFF award(s).
In the event that HIFF pays for airfare, hotel accommodations and/or ground transportation for any filmmakers and/or any individuals whatsoever and/or provides any free HIFF tickets (beyond the two complementary passes given to filmmakers) for any filmmakers and/or any individuals whatsoever, those said filmmakers/individuals shall forfeit the right to receive any cash prize(s) in a monetary value up to an amount equal to HIFF’s payment of his/her airfare, hotel accommodations and/or ground transportation and/or HIFF tickets(beyond the two complementary passes given to filmmakers).
I also agree that HIFF has the absolute, unconditioned right to screen any film or project that I submit to HIFF.
HIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition during the Festival for promotional purposes and at the gala awards ceremony.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Hoboken International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
By submitting my film or screenplay to HIFF, I agree that I have read all of the instructions, rules and regulations set forth about HIFF, including but not limited to the General Rules, and that I fully understand them and agree to abide by their terms and conditions.

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