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HRIFF 2018: February 21st - March 2nd



Festival Photographs


Red Carpet



HRIFF Honors Cinema Icons

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival programming includes recent tributes to Michael Mann, Kenneth Lonergan, Warren Oates, and Dusan Makavejev, and memorial events honoring the cinema of Gene Wilder, Haskell Wexler, John Cassavetes, and David Bowie. HRIFF curates over two weeks of Hollywood premieres from Cinema Icons and Movie Stars, including Sharon Stone, Pierce Brosnan, Martin Landau, Emily Mortimer, James Caan, Fred Roos, Guy Pierce, James Franco, Josh Brener, Taryn Manning, Mira Sorvino, Kristen Bell, Billy Zane,

Ewen Bremner, Isy Suttie, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Sorvino, Mercedes Ruehl, Sean Astin, Ian McShane, Sandra Oh, Joe Lo Truglio, Blake Anderson, Edward James Olmos, Harry Lennix, Takuji Suzuki, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, David Labrava, Susan Blakely, Penn Badgley, Eric Roberts, Daniel Baldwin, Denise Richards, Jamie Farr, Marla Gibbs, Nichelle Nichols, Sally Kirkland, author Salman Rushdie, casting director Bonnie Timmermann, & the last films of Robert Loggia, Doris Roberts and Mickey Rooney.


HRIFF Award of Excellence recipients include: Warren Beatty, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Depardieu, Peter O'Toole, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Tinto Brass, Frances Fisher, Don Hertzfeldt, Robert Drew, Bill Blympton, Hugo Niebeling, Ruben Ostlund, Joe Mantegna, Gary Cole, Robin Williams, and Harry Dean Stanton. At our last HRIFF Award Ceremony: Pierce Brosnan stopped by, while Sharon Stone, William Fichtner, James Hong, Clark Duke, Jonathan Banks, Lori Petty, and Steven Weber were honored. Who will be awarded at this years ceremony?


HRIFF alumni: Ron Howard, Werner Herzog, Michael Apted, Errol Morris, Elliott Gould, Bryce Dallas Howard, Zack Braff, Terri Polo, Jonathan Pryce, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, P.J. Harvey, Jason Alexander, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Colm Meaney, Fred Willard, David Cross, Mischa Barton, Tony Hale, John G. Avildsen, Doug Jones, Richard Lewis, David Arquette, Paul Donovan, George Takei, Carla Gallo, C. Thomas Howell, Bai Ling, Dean Cameron, Howard Hesseman, Ray Wise, Annie Potts, Barry Bostwick, Nancy Travis, Henry Jaglom, Timothy Busfield, Perrey Reeves, Ed Begley Jr, Henry Winkler, Jane Kaczmarek, Yeardley Smith, Daryl Hannah, Jeremy Sisto, Dominique Swain, and Paul Rudd.

HRIFF Guests: Award Winning Filmmakers and Movie Stars

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HRIFF Guests include: Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Mission: Impossible), Hilary Duff (Younger, Lizzie McGuire), Joe Mantegna (Godfather, Criminal Minds), Josh Brener (Big Bang Theory / Maron), Danny Masterson (That 70's Show), Gary Cole (Pineapple Express), Ed Asner (Elf, Mary Tyler Moore, Lou Grant), Robert Picardo (Star Trek), Michael Pare (Virgin Suicides), Barbara Bain (Mission: Impossible), Frances Fisher (Titanic), Dominique Swain (Lolita, Face/Off),


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Grace Zabriskie (Twin Peaks), Kurt Fuller (Midnight In Paris), John Heard (Home Alone), Rick Shapiro (Maron), David O'Hara (Harry Potter, Luther), Alan Howarth (Halloween), Bruce Davison (X-Men, Longtime Companion, Willard), John Robinson (Lords of Dogtown), Uwe Boll (Postal), Lee Meriwether (Batman), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women), Jon Polito (Big Lebowski), Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), Laura Prepon (Orange Is The New Black),


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Lloyd Kaufman (Troma), Dee Wallace Stone (E.T.), Duane Peters, Danny Strong (Mad Men), John DeLancie (Breaking Bad), Mackenzie Philips (One Day At A Time), Christopher Masterson (Malcolm In The Middle), Winnie Holzman (My SoCalled Life), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Keith Carradine (Dexter), Michael Bowen (Kill Bill), Steven Bauer (Breaking Bad), Anthony Geary (General Hospital), and Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) have all stopped by the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival to meet fans.

Festival Images

Red Carpet


Awards Ceremony

HRIFF at LA LIVE / Staples Center

(c) Shawn Chervack

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

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Alanna Masterson (HRIFF ’10 Best Actress now starring in The Walking Dead), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan), Tyler Blackburn (Ravenswood / Pretty little Liars), Steve Hicks, Sean Brosnan, Alex Meraz (Twilight), Dean West (The Ledge), and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows / United States of Tara), all followed early premieres at HRIFF with future success. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival is the place to find upcoming the cinema superstars of tomorrow.


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Academy Awards© and Acclaim for HRIFF Films

(c) Shawn Chervack 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.

(c) Shawn Chervack 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.