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HRIFF 2020: February 12th - 24th



Festival Photographs


Red Carpet



HRIFF Guests: Award Winning Filmmakers and Movie Stars

Hollywood's most star-studded event! Where fans meet (and new filmmakers screen with) cinema legends, including Pierce Brosnan (007), Hilary Duff (Younger), Sharon Stone (Casino), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley / Big Bang Theory), Joe Mantegna (Godfather, Criminal Minds), Donna Mills (Knott's Landing), Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething / West Wing), Clark Duke (The Office / Kick Ass), Laura Prepon (Orange Is The New Black), Gary Cole (Pineapple Express), Frances Fisher (Titanic), William Fichtner (Dark Knight), Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie), John Ennis (Mr. Show), Dominique Swain (Lolita),


Grace Zabriskie (Twin Peaks), John Robinson (Lords of Dogtown), Uwe Boll (Postal), Kurt Fuller (Midnight In Paris), Ed Asner (Elf), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Bruce Davison (X-Men), Lee Meriwether (Batman), Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women), Robert Picardo (Star Trek), Michael Pare (Virgin Suicides), Barbara Bain (Mission: Impossible), Danny Masterson (That 70's Show), David O'Hara (Harry Potter), Dee Wallace Stone (E.T.), John DeLancie (Breaking Bad), Duane Peters (Hunns), Christopher Masterson (Malcolm In The Middle), Michael Bowen (Kill Bill), Steven Bauer (Breaking Bad), Alan Howarth (Halloween), Keith Carradine (Dexter), Anthony Geary (General Hospital), Dean Cameron (Straight Outta Compton), Winnie Holzman (My So Called Life),


Lloyd Kaufman (Troma), Traci Lords (Cry Baby), Mackenzie Philips (One Day At A Time), Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), Danny Strong (Mad Men), Rick Shapiro (Maron), Richard Riehle (Casino / Office Space), casting director Bonnie Timmerman (Black Hawk Down), and Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) ...all guests at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival!

HRIFF has also hosted the last major public appearances from Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Mission Impossible), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Jon Polito (Big Lebowski), John Heard (Home Alone, X-Men), and the incredible Harry Dean Stanton.

HRIFF Honors Cinema Icons

HRIFF Award of Excellence past recipients include: Peter O'Toole, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Warren Beatty, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Depardieu, Frances Fisher, Tinto Brass, Don Hertzfeldt, Robert Drew, Bill Blympton, Hugo Niebeling, Ruben Ostlund, Robin Williams, and Harry Dean Stanton. HRIFF Retrospective Events have honored the work of Michael Mann, Kenneth Lonergan, Warren Oates, Elaine May, Gene Wilder, Haskell Wexler, John Cassavetes, Dusan Makavejev, and David Bowie.

HRIFF alumni include: Werner Herzog, Ron Howard, Michael Apted, Errol Morris, Julian Schnabel, Jacques Audiard, John G. Avildsen, Yann Demange, and performers Elliott Gould, Zack Braff, Terri Polo, Jonathan Pryce, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, P.J. Harvey, Jason Alexander, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Colm Meaney, Fred Willard, David Cross, Mischa Barton, Tony Hale, Doug Jones, Richard Lewis, David Arquette, Paul Donovan, George Takei, Carla Gallo, C. Thomas Howell, Bai Ling, Howard Hesseman, Ray Wise, Fred Roos, Harry Lennix, Nancy Travis, Henry Jaglom, Daryl Hannah, Mira Sorvino, Paul Rudd and author Salman Rushdie.


HRIFF premieres have included films starring: James Caan, Kristen Bell, Guy Pierce, James Franco, Mercedes Ruehl, Emily Mortimer, Taryn Manning, Ewen Bremner, Isy Suttie, Sean Astin, Ian McShane, Sandra Oh, Billy Zane, Dean Cameron, Joe Lo Truglio, Blake Anderson, Edward James Olmos, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Annie Potts, Barry Bostwick, David Labrava, Susan Blakely, Penn Badgley, Eric Roberts, Daniel Baldwin, Denise Richards, Jamie Farr, Marla Gibbs, Nichelle Nichols, Perrey Reeves, Ed Begley Jr, Henry Winkler, Jane Kaczmarek, Yeardley Smith, Sally Kirkland, and Kris Kristofferson.


More HRIFF Award Recipients include: Jeff Daniels, Paul Sorvino, Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects), Lori Petty (Tank Girl), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda / Big Trouble In Little China), Steven Weber (Leaving Las Vegas), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks), and Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul). HRIFF premiered the final films from Hollywood legends Robert Loggia, Doris Roberts and Mickey Rooney.

Festival Images

Red Carpet


Awards Ceremony

HRIFF at LA LIVE / Staples Center

Growing to prominence at Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema, HRIFF is proud to now also screen at LA LIVE / Staples Center; the largest, most prestigious festival venue in Hollywood (the Times Square of L.A.), as well as at historic cinemas across Los Angeles. Helping make HRIFF the easy festival choice for Distributors, Financiers, Producers, Studio Executives, Agents, Casting Directors, Hollywood Celebrities, and millions of Los Angeles film lovers.

HRIFF Emerging Talent Discoveries

Talent discoveries at HRIFF include: Alanna Masterson (HRIFF Best Actress 2010 Winner, now starring in The Walking Dead), Alex Meraz (now starring in Suicide Squad), Dean West (The Ledge), Steve Hicks (The Fuzz), Sean Brosnan (No Easy Days), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), and Keir Gilchrist (star of the new Netflix series Atypical) who have all followed early premieres at HRIFF with future success. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival is the best hollywood film festival for finding the upcoming cinema superstars of tomorrow.


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Academy Awards© and Acclaim for HRIFF Films

Many HRIFF discoveries go on to wide distribution and acclaim: including Academy Awards© for "The Lady in Number 6" the animated "Mr. Hublot", as well as Oscar© nominations for the films of Bill Plympton, and HRIFF Best Picture Winners for three straight years: 2014 HRIFF Best Picture Winner "The Act of Killing", HRIFF 2015 Best Picture Winner "Force Majeure", and HRIFF 2016 Best Picture Winner "Trumbo" all received Oscar© attention.

Some HRIFF discoveries that went on to receive acclaim and distribution are: "The Act of Killing", ''Anomalisa", "Force Majeure", "Drift", "The Look of Silence", "Bridegroom", "A Day At The Pool", "Mr. Hublot", "The Lady In Number 6", "Assault on Wall Street: Bailout", "City of Gardens", "7 Years Underground", "Sex, Violence and Family Values", "Forget Me Not", "Henri", "Bible Storyland", "The Silent Thief" and many more.