H’w’d Fest plans Oct. run

Seventh annual event issues call for submissions

Planting itself firmly in awards season, the Hollywood Film Festival has opted this year for an Oct. 15-20 run.

While it was an August event for the first five years, the fest last year switched to early October and saw its biggest year and celeb turnout.

In announcing the move Wednesday, the seventh annual fest issued a call for submissions.

In a statement, fest director Carlos de Abreu said, “Because of the new Oscar dates, we are very excited that we are becoming a recognized launch pad for Oscar contenders. We will be able to provide an important platform for both independent and Hollywood studio films.”

The fest, he said, “bridges the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community.”

Event at the ArcLight is a six-day series of screenings, conferences and special presentations with Q&A sessions. Fest culminates with the Hollywood Awards, which honor established talent and emerging filmmakers. Honorees last year included Jennifer Aniston, Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Jeffery Katzenberg.