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TWO DAYS FROM NOW! First Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival, Oct. 9-12

Written By: Marcelle - Sep• 29•14

First Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival,  Oct. 9-12


A year ago, a group of filmmakers decided to take on the challenge of a film festival presence in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park. With that end goal, the Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) was founded. They put out the call for filmmakers producing unique works of independent cinema and on October 9th through the 12th, their work comes to fruition. Not a surprise that many of the films submitted, were from Highland Park filmmakers.


Films will compete in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short. The Festival will screen two feature films and one short film in exhibition. Awards will be given for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary and Audience awards. Unique to HPIFF are three special awards: Best Cinematography, Best Musical Composition and the Humanitarian Filmmaker Award given to an individual giving to those in need through the art of film. The inaugural award will go to Actor and Activist Jose Yenque for his work through his organization, Arts for a Better Tomorrow. Yenque works with youth at Highland Park Senior High School Continuation as well as with orphanage youth in Tijuana. Yenque will be presented the HPIFF Humanitarian Award on October 9th before the screening of the opening film at the Highland Theater.


HPIFF announced their opening, exhibition film, Water And Power by Richard Montoya. Festivities on Oct. 9 will kick off with a red carpet event at 6 pm. The Highland Theater will open its doors at 7 pm and the Award presentation will be followed by the screening at 8 pm followed by a question and answer with Richard Montoya and a networking mixer.
1st Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival
Oct. 9-12, 2014


We’ve been creating some noise in Northeast LA.

HPIFF is a project that we’ve been working on for 2 and 1/2 years. Now it’s here. Come be part of something new and exciting. Tickets have already been selling. Our closing night film is almost SOLD OUT. Don’t be left on Figueroa Street that night. Click on the link below to purchase today.

Trailers, screening times, and ticket pricing can be found here

See you at the historic Highland Theatre.

(Alessandro Gentile, Marita de la Torre, Mark Reitman, and Luisa Frias)

The films in competition will screen on Friday and Saturday. The feature film screening in exhibition, Scenic Route starring Josh Duhamel and directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz will close the Friday Night program. Saturday’s closing film is Avenues by Aaref Rodriguez. The screening at HPIFF will be the last one before the critically acclaimed film goes to distribution. Highland Park filmmaker Lance Lindahl will have his World Premiere at HPIFF with the comedy Hay Days and the two documentaries in competition are Bella Vita a pilgrimage to the Italian surfing scene and UPAJ Improvise, a behind-the-scenes look at how East meets West in dance at the India Jazz Suites. Three short programs round out the screenings on Friday and Saturday with selections from Los Angeles and around the country. For tickets and Festival Passes to the screenings, VIP events and mixers, visit

Contact, Marita De La Torre,, 310-871-3226

Highland park independent film festival
Festival Producer
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