A Spectacular Selection of Films this year. Full listing available here.....
Congratulations to our three finalists of the inaugural screenplay competition:
In alphabetical order—
Grace, written by Jeffrey Allen Russel and Lynda Lemberg
Pawn, written by Uyen K. Le and VW Scheich
Precious Vengeance, written by Stephen M. Hunt
Congratulations again to our three finalists.
The winner of the Lulu for Best Screenplay will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m.,
and will also win—
Write Brothers Screenplay Suite of software (Movie Magic Screenwriter, Dramatica Pro, Outline — SRP $499.85),
have their script read by a representative from Lionsgate,
a cash prize of $100,
and an autographed HDIFF poster.
We are extremely proud to welcome Sophie Simmons, daughter of legendary KISS rock star, Gene Simmons, and co-star on A&E's hit reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, to the festival as part of our special Insiders events.
Sophie will be attending the NyE Communities Coalition for at-risk kids special engagement with Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling. Sophie has demonstrated a vested commitment to a number of charitable foundations, including her own called Sophie's Place, which is a center for abused children to seek help in a kid-friendly, safe environment, so we are proud to have her visit the kids at the NyE Communities Coalition as they premiere their short film, a Twilight Zone parody.
Currently, the actress, singer, philanthropist is filming her own reality TV show with her mother, Shannon Tweed Simmons, due to air on W Network, which will premier in Canada later this year. As part of our special Insiders events, Sophie will be participating in select panels with Q&A, and special Meet&Greets as well. The High Desert International Film Festival runs from May 22-25 and badges must be purchased online in advance of the festival on our website
Being a neighbor of Las Vegas, we had to do this! We're kicking off the festival with the Inaugural Joey Arone High Desert International Film Festival Poker Tournament.
We're keeping this an intimate affair to celebrate our small town hospitality and inviting some special guests, but that means tickets are extremely limited, so be prepared to purchase as soon as they go on sale!
The tournament starts Thursday May 22nd at 5:00PM and should last around five hours with the winner taking home close to $1,000.
Tickets are $130 and this special Cameo event is not included with any of our badges and must be purchased separately.
On October 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation granting statehood to Nevada making it the 36th of the United States of America. To commemorate this event and to showcase the home state of the HDIFF, we have added a short story competition. To qualify for submission, the written works must draw from historical or modern Nevada as a topic of a fictional work or a story drawn from real life events. Story should contain 1000-5000 words. Possible topics (suggestions only):
|American Indian History||Territorial History||Old Spanish Trail||Pony Express|
|Early Mining||Legal Prostitution||Mobsters||Gambling|
|Lake Tahoe||Las Vegas||Spanish History||Reno|
|Cattle Ranching||Railroads||Hoover Dam||Statehood History|
|War History (Civil War through the present-any war in between)||Nuclear Testing|
After more than a decade of trying, on June 11, 2013 Governor Brian Sandoval signed SB165 into law making Nevada the 41st state to offer incentives in order to attract motion picture, television and commercial productions.
We are extremely proud to welcome author Anne Serling, daughter of Twilight Zone creator, Rod Serling to the festival as part of our special Insiders events.
She will be helping us in our continued effort to support the NyE Communities Coalition for at-risk kids with a special engagement held at the NyE Communities Coalition Manse Center.
Ms. Serling will also be participating in select panels with Q&A and book signings, so purchase your copy now.
Added Grand Prize for Overall in Literature Competition
(all writing catagories in consideration)