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It starts with a passion

Max, driven by his love for cinema, created a multicultural festival with the goal of creating a global network of diverse talent and highlighting up and coming creators in our industy. As the driving force behind the event, he assembled a team of industry professionals to accomplish his vision. His unwavering passion fuels the festival’s growth, providing a platform for filmmakers and enthusiasts to come together and celebrate the broad wonders of cinema.

Meet the founder : Max

Max’s true passion has always been in the world of cinema and motion pictures. His love for acting ignited during his elementary school days as a stage actor, and it has remained a steadfast interest throughout his life. Max’s most recent performance took place at Centinal Theater in 2019, highlighting his enduring dedication to the art of acting and storytelling.

Max is an accomplished leader and manager with over two decades of experience, known for guiding and managing businesses in Vancouver, British Columbia, toward their goals. His adaptable skills are valuable to firms focused on growth.


Speak Up With Confidence.

At the Hollywood North International Film Festival, we strongly believe in treating everyone with respect and providing fair and just treatment. Any kind of mistreatment, harassment, or violence, whether it be verbal, physical, or sexual, towards our staff, volunteers, film makers, delegates, audience members, films, or attendees, will not be tolerated at any of our festivals, conferences, or events, including Hollywood North International Film Festival. Our team is dedicated to providing a positive experience for all of our film makers and guests and we will take prompt action to address any safety concerns that may arise. If you feel like something has been unfair or unjust, we encourage you to reach out so we can rectify the situation. We look forward to continuing our safe space for creativity and collaboration.


The Hollywood North International Film Festival is guided by four core values that shape its mission and purpose:

  1. Inclusivity: The festival is committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity in cinema. It recognizes film as a universal language that can break down barriers and unite people. By showcasing a wide range of films representing different cultures, perspectives, and voices, the festival aims to create an inclusive space.

  2. Empowerment: The festival actively supports emerging talent in the film industry. It provides a platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their work and connect with industry professionals. Various programs and initiatives help filmmakers develop their skills and achieve their goals.

  3. Collaboration: As a hub for networking and collaboration, the festival brings together filmmakers, producers, distributors, and other industry experts. Panel discussions, workshops, and networking events facilitate the exchange of ideas and foster growth within the film community.

  4. Inspiration: Above all, the Hollywood North Film Festival celebrates the transformative power of cinema. It aims to inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences. By creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, the festival believes that film can change hearts and minds, serving as a force for positive change.

In summary, the festival goes beyond being a mere showcase of international cinema. It is a vibrant community built on values of inclusivity, empowerment, collaboration, and inspiration. Join in celebrating the art of storytelling and the magic of film. 


The Hollywood North Film Festival, established in 2023 in Vancouver, BC, has already made leaps towards becoming a well established showcase of cinematic brilliance. It celebrates local filmmakers and global talents, providing a platform for visionary storytellers, independent voices, and creative minds. Our goal of having a high-class and influential event, captivating filmmakers and cinephiles alike is well under way. The festival’s diverse film selection - from thought-provoking documentaries to heartwarming narratives - reflects the rich tapestry of the global film community. With an unwavering commitment to fostering a supportive environment, the festival bridges cultures, amplifies voices, and creates enduring memories through the transformative power of cinema.

Land Acknowledgment.

Before joining us to watch a movie, we invite you to take a moment to acknowledge the land you are on and its traditional caretakers. This includes recognizing whether it is unceded territory or if there is a treaty relationship. The Hollywood North Film Festival is situated on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Vancouver, where the festival is held, is now the dwelling place of numerous Indigenous peoples, and we feel privileged to operate on this land.

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