NoHo Gets More Movies!

NoHo Cinefest returns to the neighborhood with 90 films in a week!

The North Hollywood (NoHo) CineFest will run March 18-24, 2016 at the Laemmle NoHo7 Theater, in the heart of the NoHo Arts District. This international film festival will showcase nearly 90 films over seven days and will be attended by celebrities, media and filmmakers from around the globe.

The red carpet on March 18 from 7pm-10pm will host celebrities such as Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight), scheduled to attend the screening/Q&A for the World Premiere of “The Lost Tree.” “EVOL: The Theory of Love” stars Conor Donovan (The Departed), Matthew Lawrence (Melissa & Joey, Mrs. Doubtfire) and Aynsley Bubbico (Hart of Dixie, Greek) will be joining the event, as well as Christina Wren (Man of Steel) who will be part of an industry panel.

Screenings include “American Bred” starring Academy Award Nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink, XMen: Days of Future Past, Godzilla) an d the LA premiere of the comedic film “The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man.” Back by popular demand Horror Night will be Monday, March 21, hosted by Ivonna Cadaver (Macabre Theatre) and a new addition to this year’s festival, Tuesday, March 22, will feature a line up of all films with women directors.


Event sponsors include First Entertainment Credit Union, The Arts Institute s , SAGIndie, Birns & Sawyer,, Councilman Paul Krekorian the Universal City North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, The Muse Rooms and many more. The festival continues to support Cervical & Breast Cancer awareness with a portion of proceeds to be donated to support the California Health Collaborative in partnership with Every Woman Counts, a statewide program providing free cervical and breast cancer screenings. For more information regarding the event and the cause, visit

Why did you choose to do your film festival in NoHo?

My wife Natalia and I wanted to start a business and we’ve been living in NoHo for the past 6 years. When the Laemmle Theater was constructed, we saw a great opportunity to start a film festival since it is such a great artist community and has been growing steadily since. Having attended numerous film festivals before ours, we were confident that we knew how to proceed.

Why did you choose to highlight a lineup of films with women directors?

Each year we try to recognize any trends or coincidences within our selection that is worth highlighting. Such an amazing group of films this year were made by women filmmakers that we saw an opportunity to showcase that as a special night dedicated to them. It’s been our experience that grouping films that have something in common, whether genre or otherwise, can be very effective to unite the audience and create a great energy.

Why did you choose your charity California Health Collaborative in partnership with Every Woman Counts?

We received a documentary last year called Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, highlighting the battles of 5 women with cervical cancer. It was a powerful and moving film that inspired us to create a campaign for the cause. More info>>

Are there any other events/happenings around the district regarding the festival?

We are promoting a panel series we’re hosting on March 22 at 8pm at The Federal Bar with many high level industry professionals. Tickets>>

About North Hollywood CineFest

The North Hollywood CineFest is an annual international film festival event located in North Hollywood, California, showcasing short and feature films (including student films) from anywhere in the world and offers awards in several categories for excellence in filmmaking. The festival was the brainchild of NoHo resident Gustavo Sampaio, an award-winning editor and TV producer as well as an independent filmmaker. For more information visit

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