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Online Film Festival

Haydenfilms Online Film Festival

The Online Film Festival epitomizes the mission of the Haydenfilms Institute. A globally recognized competition launched in 2004, and the first of its kind, the Festival showcases films submitted by both student and independent filmmakers from around the world. The films span all genres, including the fields of animation, experimental and documentary. After films are submitted through the HFI website, a panel of industry expert judges filter the entries down to a group of the top 50, which are then featured on the HFI website. A sophisticated viewing and voting system allows viewers to browse the films, rate and comment on them during a designated time frame. The film with the most votes takes home the grand prize and $10,000 to help fund its director’s future in filmmaking. Through mediums such as the Online Film Festival, Haydenfilms envisions a bright, limitless future for filmmakers thanks to the digital convergence that is revolutionizing the film industry.