NoHo’s Own Film Festival: NoHo Cinefest

North Hollywood CineFest Returns to NoHo!

The North Hollywood (NoHo) CineFest will run April 10-16, 2015 at the Laemmle NoHo7 theater, in the heart of the NoHo Arts District. This international film festival will showcase nearly one hundred films over seven days with the corresponding red carpet event in attendance by celebrities, media and filmmakers from around the globe.

This year a portion of all ticket sales from the festival will be donated to support Cervical & Breast Cancer awareness. The entertainment industry, civic leaders, and iconic local businesses will join together to show that “NoHo ❤’s The Ladies.” Saturday, April 11, festival founder, Gustavo Sampaio, will be appearing on the KCAL9 Weekend Morning Show at 8am to discuss the importance of this cause and the festival’s philanthropic impact within the community.

“It’s an honor to bring North Hollywood a film festival in such a vibrant artist community that deserves a spotlight and an annual event to celebrate great independent filmmaking, ” says Gustavo Sampaio, the festival’s founder. “We believe that with the support of the North Hollywood residents and businesses this festival can grow to become an internationally recognized event in the film industry as well as an exciting destination for people coming from abroad.”

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The red carpet on Saturday, April 11 6pm-10pm will host celebrities such as Sean Astin, Mimi Rogers and Chris Mulkey, scheduled to attend the screening/Q&A for “The Surface,” as well as Edward Furlong and Vinnie Jones for “Awaken,” also starring Daryl Hannah. Skeet Ulrich is anticipated to discuss his work as director on “The Girl on the Roof.” Monday, April 13 will feature a line up of new horror films, capping off with a terrifying selection of short films and scheduled appearances by celebrity actors such as Dan Yeager and horror queen Ivonna Cadaver.

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Key community partners and sponsors include Century West BMW, The Malibu Chronicle, Para Todos Magazine, BD Guidance, StartUp TI Foundation, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian,, the Universal City North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and many more. The opening night party will be hosted by the Bow & Truss Restaurant and Coldcock Whiskey.

The festival has partnered with Every Woman Counts, a statewide program providing free cervical and breast cancer screening to under-served women. The California Health Collaborative and the Susan G. Komen Foundation are helping to spread the word and save lives of women in the community.

“Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic,” a moving documentary narrated by Vanessa Williams, will share the journey of five women as they battle cervical cancer. This film explores the many misconceptions regarding cervical cancer and who may be at risk for these diseases. While cervical cancer is less common than breast cancer, it’s nearly 100% preventable. Cervical cancer is caused by a persistent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection and, because of this, many women assume that screening is only necessary for women who have had many sexual partners, but this is not the case. HPV is a very common virus and most adults have been infected with HPV at some time, making it a risk for those who have had even one sexual partner.

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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