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HRIFF 2019: February 13th - 22nd



Festival Photographs


Red Carpet



HRIFF Guests: Award Winning Filmmakers and Movie Stars

Hollywood's most star-studded event, where the largest selection of new filmmakers screen alongside cinema legends and guests including: Pierce Brosnan (007), Sharon Stone (Casino), Hilary Duff (Younger), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley / Big Bang Theory), Joe Mantegna (Godfather, Criminal Minds), Donna Mills (Knott's Landing), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine / Kick Ass), Laura Prepon (Orange Is The New Black), Gary Cole (Pineapple Express), Frances Fisher (Titanic), William Fichtner (Dark Knight), John Ennis (Mr. Show), Dominique Swain (Lolita, Face/Off),


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 (Die 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), Winnie Holzman (My So Called Life),


Lloyd Kaufman (Troma), Mackenzie Philips (One Day At A Time), Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), Danny Strong (Mad Men), Rick Shapiro (Maron), casting director Bonnie Timmerman (Black Hawk Down), and Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), all stopping by to greet fans at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

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

HRIFF Honors Cinema Icons

HRIFF filmmaker and talent alumni includes: Ron Howard, Werner Herzog, Michael Apted, Errol Morris, John G. Avildsen, 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, author Salman Rushdie,

Mira Sorvino, and Paul Rudd. Past HRIFF Award of Excellence recipients include: Peter O'Toole, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Warren Beatty, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Depardieu, Tinto Brass, Frances Fisher, Don Hertzfeldt, Robert Drew, Bill Blympton, Hugo Niebeling, Ruben Ostlund, Robin Williams, and Harry Dean Stanton. With HRIFF programming tributes to Michael Mann, Kenneth Lonergan, Warren Oates, and Dusan Makavejev, and events honoring Gene Wilder, Haskell Wexler, John Cassavetes, and David Bowie.


HRIFF premieres have included films starring: James Caan, Kristen Bell, Paul Sorvino, 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.


HRIFF has premiered the last film performances from legends: Robert Loggia, Doris Roberts and Mickey Rooney. Other HRIFF Award Winners include: Lori Petty (Tank Girl), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda), Steven Weber (Leaving Las Vegas), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething), Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks), and Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul).

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.