Lights, Camera, Action! The 15th Hollywood Film Festival.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards will be honoring excellence in motion pictures, both in front and behind the camera. This year’s festivities will be hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’dell, a eight year veteran at hosting these awards. The Hollywood Film Awards launches the awards season. In the last 8 years, a total of 73 Oscar nominations and 27 Oscars were given to films showcased and/or to the nominees and honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards. The Hollywood Film Festival will mark its return on October 20th for a weeklong series of screenings, competitions and awards, and concluding with The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 24, 2011.

The week long festivities will include The Hollywood Film Festival, The Hollywood Discovery Awards and The Hollywood Awards. The “Hollywood Film Festival” program includes screenings of both domestic and international films, as well as emerging and established filmmakers. All screenings and premieres take place at the state-of-art ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. The “Hollywood Discovery Awards” honor the winners of the Hollywood Film Festival’s selected finalists in the categories of Features, Documentaries, and Shorts. The finalists are culled from films from the global creative community. The “Hollywood Awards” recognizes excellence in the established Hollywood community by bestowing awards to both in front and behind the camera talent and launches the awards season.

The Hollywood Film Festival has announced George Clooney and Glenn Close will honored at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Awards Gala Ceremony. George Clooney is recognized as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry. He will be honored with the “Hollywood Actor Award” for his directing, producing and acting achievements in films. The five time Academy Award nominee, Glenn Close, will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” She began her career on the professional stage in 1974 and moving to film work in 1982. Her career has earned her five Oscars, one BAFTA, three Tonys, three Emmys, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

The Hollywood Film Festival and Awards week long event will bring out some of Hollywood’s brightest celebrities, directors, and producers in the business today. This will be an event in true Hollywood style. To read the full list of award nominees visit http://hollywoodfest.com/press/.

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