HIFF Competition

Discover thrilling new talent in HIFF’s prestigious Competition section. Each year, the HIFF Awards honor emerging narrative and documentary directors from all over the world, representing cinema’s next generation of innovative film artists.

Films are honored in narrative feature, documentary feature and short narrative, and short documentary categories. Juried by world-class filmmakers and industry professionals, these competitions comprise important, provocative premieres from new voices in filmmaking.

The winning feature films receive a $2,500 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services. The winning short films take home a cash prize of $1,000 and qualify for Academy Award consideration in their respective categories.

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