The NUHO Film Festival is the brainchild of the New Hollywood (NUHO) Entertainment Distribution company. We pride ourselves by being known as a distribution company with an independent filmmaker's mentality.

For years filmmakers have been taken advantage of by the traditional Hollywood system.

But with the landscape of content delivery ever-evolving, filmmakers and movie goers have options. We at NUHO recognize that. We knew there was a better way, so we built it. We are fusing the traditional theatrical experience with the new digital experience. Industry professionals accustomed to the "old way" will tell you these two platforms can not co-exist. We are here to prove them wrong.

It's time to shake things up. Our goal is to galvanize change and set a new system in place for how films receive exposure and distribution.

The NUHO Film Festival is unlike any other film festival. We come from the artist's stand point and understand the artist's frustration. Film festivals are huge revenue generators - but does a filmmaker ever see a penny? No. Filmmakers get so caught up in the pomp and circumstance of the Hollywood BS and politics that they forget the business side of their film.

We at NUHO think filmmakers should get a piece of the action. After all, without your films there is no festival.

The inaugural 2014 NUHO Online Film Festival is the WORLD'S FIRST. It gives filmmakers and audience a full film festival experience wherever they are.

  • A REVENUE SHARING program for the selected filmmakers
  • Major media exposure
  • Film will be SEEN BY MILLIONS for the duration of the festival, including agents, distributors and other industry professionals.
  • Our encryption is state of the art and all films are placed on a secure server so piracy is NOT an issue.

NUHO brings a personal touch. Every film is watched and specially curated. We are not like the big festivals that receive thousands of dollars in submission fee revenue and only watch a handful of films. We watch every film.

The NUHO Film Festival is a place where new filmmakers can connect with audiences to gain exposure. A place where film lovers can discover new content without having to attend Sundance, Tribeca or Cannes. It's a place where the theatrical experience meets the digital era.



Once you create a NUHO account and log in you can watch NUHO feature films and short films as soon as they have their World Premieres. (All films expire at 11:59 pm on February 28).

Once you've watched at least half of an (eligible) feature or short film in TOF, you will be prompted to rate it from 1 to 5 stars. The films with the highest average rating will take home a prize. (Votes tallied through February 23.)

On the film's page look for the filmmaker's introduction and contact info. It is here that you will be able to engage with questions after watching the film. Or you can simply read the Film Q&A feature on the film's screening room page and read the filmmaker's answers to other questions.


Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell currently serves as CEO of New Hollywood Entertainment (NUHO), a distributor of quality independent films to the public on all distribution platforms. His experience in Hollywood spans over 20 years both as a screenwriter and producer. Upon the heels of the Writer's Guild Strike of 2008, Mitchell ventured into the independent film landscape only to recognize that there was an inherent problem in the process of quality independent films making it into movie theaters. Hence the NUHO model was born.

Mitchell penned the studio features Eddie, Mr. 3000, Dr. Doolittle 3, Like Mike 2: Streetball, and The Sandlot: Heading Home. He has set up projects as a producer in both TV and film at most of the major studios.

A University of Michigan alumnus where he played in two Rose Bowls, Mitchell prides himself on this quote by his legendary football coach, Bo Schembechler.

"By your own soul, learn to live. If some men force you, take no heed. If some men hate you, have no care. Sing your song, dream your dreams Hope your hopes, and pray your prayers."
—Bo Schembechler

Chris Kanik

As a managing partner of New Hollywood Entertainment (NUHO), Chris Kanik oversees the daily operations of NUHO, its new business development and is intimately involved in the company's creative projects.

Born and raised in Union City, New Jersey, Kanik's creative and entrepreneurial spirit can be attributed to being the first generation of immigrant parents. His strong analytical background comes from his years of science laboratory research. From which, Kanik received an academic scholarship through the American Chemical Society for his research projects.

In the true spirit of the NUHO model, rather than pursuing the conventional path after graduating from Cornell University with a BA in Economics, Chris blazed his own trail and pursued his passion of stand-up comedy in the New York circuit. His career led him to share the stage with some of the most recognizable and prominent stand-up acts including Damon Wayans, Charlie Murphy, Judah Friedlander, Aziz Ansari and Louie Ck to name a few.

After witnessing first hand how talent is exploited in the industry, Chris decided to apply his business savvy to helping artists succeed and showcase their work. Kanik lives in South Orange County.

Elric Kane
Director of Programming

Elric Kane is an award winning filmmaker who over the last decade has directed films in both New Zealand and USA. He has taught film production and aesthetics at Columbia College in Chicago and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. His independent feature films KISSY KISSY and MURMURS have been shown at international film festivals and his most recent short film TENDER is currently on the US film festival circuit.

In addition to his filmmaking he is a passionate film curator who screens independent cinema at the Jumpcut Cafe in Los Angeles and is the producer and host of the popular web television show INSIDE HORROR and the Geek Nation podcast KILLER POV. He holds an MFA in Film Production from Savannah College of Art And Design.

Hans Luttman
Director of Programming

Hans Luttmann is a Guatemalan-American writer, actor, and director. After double majoring at the University of Michigan in Film Studies and English Literature, he began his career at Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, and Skywalker Sound working post production on many studio films including The Godfather Part III and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

As an actor, he studied with Freddy Kareman at Carnegie Hall and went on to star in Off-Broadway productions including "The Country Girl" by Clifford Odets and to direct "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov. He has matriculated at UCLA's Professional Program for Screenwriting and is now working as a script consultant, developing his own feature film, and producing his original web series.


Andreas Olavarria

With over 20 years experience in the field of motion picture production and distribution, Andreas Olavarria has demonstrated a track record of success identifying quality feature films for acquisition and managing all aspects of production & distribution for both major studios and independent companies.

Andreas currently serves as managing partner of Level 33 Entertainment, an independent entertainment distribution company. Level 33 has released more than 25 feature films in theaters, on DVD, and across all Digital/VOD platforms. The company is dedicated to being a true partner to producers of independent feature films and to maximizing all opportunities for producers to realize more of the profits from the distribution of their movies.

Andreas has been a Producer or Executive Producer of several award-winning independent feature films including "(Untitled)" — starring Adam Goldberg, Marley Shelton, Eion Bailey and Vinnie Jones; "The Final Storm" — starring Luke Perry and Lauren Holly; "The Chosen One" — starring Tim Curry, Traci Lords, and Lance Henriksen; and "Revolution #9" — with Spalding Gray, Adrienne Shelley, and Michael Risley.

Andreas began his producing career as a member of the Production Fellowship Program at The Walt Disney Studios and worked for over a decade in the feature film development, production, post production, and home entertainment divisions at Disney. Andreas has also served as an Acquisitions and Post Production Consultant for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment identifying prospective feature films for distribution by the studio and shepherding acquired & direct-to-video titles from production, post production & delivery through to home entertainment release.

Andreas is a member of the Producers Guild of America and holds an honors degree in Communication Studies from UCLA.

Allie Dvorin

Allie Dvorin is a professional director, writer, and producer. He is best known for his work in family films. He has written THE SANDLOT 3, LIKE MIKE 2, and DR. DOLITTLE 3, all produced by 20th Century Fox. He has many other projects in development at various studios; including THE PETER WESTBROOK story at Disney, THE CLUB at Paramount, and CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 3 at 20th Century Fox.

Allie's feature film directorial debut, A NOVEL ROMANCE, was released in theaters in 2011. A NOVEL ROMANCE was chosen to be the "Closing Night Film" at the 2011 NY Independent Film and Video Festival, and it also screened at the 2011 Berkshire International Film Festival. A NOVEL ROMANCE is currently being distributed by Entertainment One in North America, and by New Films International in the rest of the globe. The film stars Steve Guttenberg, Milena Govich, Shannon Elizabeth, Jeffrey Ross, Jay O. Sanders, Kelly Bishop and Doug E. Doug.

Allie's next feature film, LURID, starring Vinnie Jones, is currently in post production and is scheduled to be released in 2013.

Allie has also worked extensively in the branding and creative marketing world for the last five years writing, producing, and directing campaigns for such clients as Electronic Arts, P&G, GE, Sony, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and others.

Allie was an assistant to Academy Award winning producer Scott Rudin. He is a graduate from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He now lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife, Regina, and their two children, Charley and Jack.

Christopher Howard

Chris Howard began his career in football at the University of Michigan and then the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Raiders. After completing his NFL career in 2001, Mr. Howard accepted an internship at Fox Sports Net in Los Angeles California. Shortly thereafter, Chris created Prominent Enterprises, a boutique Public Relations & Marketing firm that promoted the talent of some of the entertainment industry's hottest stars.

In the later parts of 2003, Mr. Howard was added to the Board of Directors of a new music search engine company called Tapit where he helped CEO Jonathan Alexander establish the brand and build strategic partnerships with major labels and independent artist all over the world. In 2004, Chris added yet another notch to his belt when he brought the "No Sweat Wipe" product to every team in the NBA,WNBA, and NCAA, and helped negotiate a licensing contract with Footlocker.

Chris partnered with Peter Roach of The Pembroke Group to form MFG, which was designed to assist hedge funds, institutional investors, and ultra-high net worth individuals navigate the risky world of film financing. MFG has successfully developed such films as THE PERFECT GAME starring Clifton Collins, Jr. and Cheech Marin, BATTLE IN SEATTLE starring Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, and Ray Liotta, and the horror-spoof comedy TRANSYLMANIA.

In 2009, Mr. Howard moved to Atlanta to start his own production company, Mosaic Entertainment Group, a television and film development company. Mr. Howard has developed reality TV projects that have been optioned by Authentic TV (www.authentictv.com) and John Doe Media (www.johndoemedia.com). He currently has a scripted series in development with Intrigue Entertainment.

Eric Williams

Eric Williams is currently a Partner at Zero Gravity Management. He began his career at Paradigm and then moved to Writers & Artists Agency as a Literary Agent. Eric transitioned to management in 2004, where he began growing the management division of Zero Gravity. Specializing in representing screenwriters and directors, Eric has a passion and reputation for discovering and breaking new talent, and represents exciting up-and-coming artists in addition to well-established industry professionals. Eric's diverse client list has included writers and/or directors involved in recent Hollywood studio blockbusters such as UNDERWORLD AWAKENING, HARRY POTTER, SHERLOCK HOLMES, and THE A-TEAM. In addition, the upcoming FROZEN at Disney Animation, THE JUDGE at Warner Bros, and the creators of the acclaimed new television series, THE BRIDGE. Eric has been a featured panelist at prominent screenwriting conferences all over the country, and has judged numerous screenplay contests.

Charles Myers

An alumnus of Saddleback College, Charles Myers went on to receive his B.S. and M.F.A. at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. His professional background includes the production of short films and feature films, animation, documentaries, and educational and promotional videos. He has also produced theme park attractions for Disney parks, Universal Studios and Legoland as well as managing elements of the restoration of the original Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Charles was twice named Visiting Scholar at Stanford University for his work in researching Internet and video-based education. His awards include being named a finalist in the Student Academy Awards for his production of MATCHBOOK and being a Producer on the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning feature film entitled AN AMBUSH OF GHOSTS. Recent productions include the feature films STAY WITH ME, ANY NIGHT BUT TONIGHT, and BIOLOGY 101, as well as numerous short films and other projects.

Eric Champnella

Eric Champnella is an award-winning writer, director, and filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles, but he was born and raised in suburban Detroit. By the time he graduated from the University of Michigan, Champnella was already a paid comic working the area comedy clubs and was named one of the hosts of the nationally syndicated PBS television show, Club Connect. In addition to his duties as host, Champnella went on to write and produce for the Emmy Award-winning program.

Moving to Los Angeles, Champnella quickly became a regular at the famed Improvisation comedy club in Hollywood and comedy clubs across the US. He made appearances on MTV and A&E's Evening at the Improv, as well as in several sitcoms and films.

Behind the camera, Champnella co-wrote the Whoopi Goldberg comedy, EDDIE, co-wrote the Bernie Mac baseball movie, MR. 3,000, as well as wrote and directed MAIL TO THE CHIEF for ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney. THE OLD MAN & THE STUDIO, a short film he wrote and directed, played film festivals all over the world. Starring Ian Somerhalder (Lost, The Vampire Diaries) and Marley Shelton (Scream 4), the film won top honors at the Phoenix Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival and the Method Fest Independent Film Festival.

During his career, Champnella has written for or sold projects to just about every movie studio in Hollywood including Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, New Line, Screen Gems, Sony, Universal Studios, Summit Entertainment and Warner Brothers. Most recently, Champnella wrote THUNDERSTRUCK, a Warner Brothers family comedy co-starring NBA All-Star Kevin Durant which was released in 2012. When not writing, he can probably be found on the tennis court or cheering for one of his beloved hometown teams.

Bruce Wayne Gillies

Filmmaker and DGA member Bruce Wayne Gillies has successfully performed as an Executive Producer, Producer and Line Producer on several Hollywood independent feature films and network television programs.

For more than two-and-a-half decades on over sixty projects, Bruce has been creating, writing, producing, directing motion picture productions. He started producing & directing in college as an undergraduate, helming multi-camera coverage of NCAA college sports. Early on, he was also a professional Radio DJ at WCFX, Clare, MI, while attending college at Central Michigan University majoring in Cinematic Arts with a minor in Business Management.

Recently, Bruce helped produce Joseph Gordon-Levitt's director/writer debut feature, DON JON. In addition, he was Producer on Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED and MORNING with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Leland Orser and Laura Linney. Kevin Spacey's Triggerstreet Prods company hired Bruce as Line Producer for the gritty, indie-drama COLUMBUS DAY starring Val Kilmer. Bruce also directed on the feature film BULLFIGHTS. He was lucky enough to perform as Second Unit Director on the instant classic sci-fi LOOPER with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He's made commercials, music videos and three well-received short films which he wrote, produced, and edited. In addition, Bruce has written several feature and short film screenplays and television treatments.

Bruce grew up near Detroit, Michigan in the Downriver Area. He now resides in Southern California with his wife and children. Visit: http://www.brucewaynegillies.com for more.

Scott Wiper

Scott Wiper is a writer and film director. Wiper is a graduate of Wesleyan University where his thesis film won the prestigious Frank Capra Prize for Best Student Film. In 1996, he wrote and directed his first feature CAPTAIN JACK and then in 2000 A BETTER WAY TO DIE, which was financed by Newmarket and acquired by Sony Screen Gems and HBO. A BETTER WAY TO DIE has since developed a cult following. Wiper recently wrote two scripts for Warner Bros: SALVATION for veteran director Walter Hill and Silver Pictures and SALVAGED LIVES for Outlaw Productions. He also penned DAY FOR NIGHT, based on his original pitch sold to Hyde Park/MGM, with Lion Rock Productions and Vince Newman producing. Wiper's most recent project is as co-writer and director of the action thriller, THE CONDEMNED, starring WWE's "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Dave Callaham

Dave Callaham grew up in Orinda, California, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English. He sold HORSEMEN, his first screenplay, at the age of 24, and has since worked on 2005's DOOM (story, screenplay) 2009's TELL-TALE (writer, executive producer), 2010's THE EXPENDABLES (story, screenplay) and next year's big-budget reboot of GODZILLA (story). Dave has also written projects for Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox, Screen Gems and, currently, Focus Features. He is a Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster enthusiast, and other passions include Star Wars, Legos, and Star Wars Legos. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Bree.

Elwood Reid

Elwood Reid grew up in the suburbs of Ohio. He's worked as a carpenter, cook, bartender, bouncer and teacher. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MFA in Creative Writing and is the author of a collection of short stories, What Salmon Know and three novels, If I Don't Six, Midnight Sun and D.B.. He has contributed work to GQ, Outside Magazine, Details and numerous anthologies.

In television, he has worked on CLOSE TO HOME, BLIND JUSTICE, UNDERCOVERS, COLD CASE and HAWAII FIVE-O. He reunited with Meredith Stiehm to develop and executive produce THE BRIDGE, an FX production based on the Scandinavian series BRON.

Pete Tartaglia

Pete Tartaglia has earned the reputation of being one of reality television’s most trusted and well-respected showrunners.  He started his career in television in 2000, and has since produced programs for Bravo, Fox, OWN, VH1, CBS, ABC, Style, MTV, USA Network and the CW.

Tartaglia received his Bachelors of Arts from Marist College in upstate New York, where he excelled as an elite rower at the national level.  Upon graduating, he was on a successful career path as a sales trader on Wall Street but after four years working in finance, Tartaglia decided to switch gears and move out to Los Angeles to pursue a long held desire for a career in television. Starting back at the bottom, his first job was as the assistant to Douglas Ross, the President of Evolution Film Media, which was responsible for producing the first seasons of “Big Brother” and “Fear Factor.”

Tartaglia quickly moved up from being an assistant into story and producer positions on several top reality shows including “Big Brother,” “Hells Kitchen,”  “Temptation Island,” “The Family,” and the reality movie “The Real Cancun.”

In 2005, Tartaglia was given the opportunity to showrun a new Court TV series called “Beach Patrol,” documenting San Diego lifeguards on their rescue missions.  The success of the first season paved the way for a franchise of the series, following lifeguards in Hawaii, Miami and Huntington Beach. When Hurricane Katrina hit, Court TV sent Tartaglia down to New Orleans to produce a one-hour special following the Lifeguards as they risked their lives searching for survivors amongst the carnage of Katrina. This critically acclaimed documentary, “Unexpected Heroes: Mission Katrina” won a Telly for Outstanding Programming.

In 2006, Tartaglia was tapped to showrun a fledgling new series called “Real Housewives of Orange County.” He and his team helped to build on the first season’s success by creating the signature style of the show that continues today with the rest of the “Real Housewives” franchises.  He went on to showrun seasons three and four of the series before bowing out to take on new challenges. 

Tartaglia’s success in transforming show concepts into hit reality programs prompted Mark Burnett to hire him to executive produce a pilot following former “The Hills” star, Audrina Patridge. This pilot eventually sold to VH1 in 2010 for a ten-episode order.

In 2010, Tartaglia teamed up with Allison Grodner to executive produce a wish fulfillment/makeover series for the CW called “Plain Jane.” After airing in the US, Sony TV sold the show, hosted by British fashion expert Louise Rowe to countries in South America and Europe.

In 2011, Tartaglia joined forces with Ryan Seacrest to executive produce the first season of “Shahs of Sunset,” a docu-series for Bravo following a group of wealthy Persian-Americans in Beverly Hills.

Tartaglia headed to New York in January 2013 to showrun a new docu-comedy series for USA Network called, “Partners in Crime,” about two larger than life criminal defense attorneys. The series is scheduled to premiere by the end of the year.

Currently, Tartaglia is showrunning a new docu-comedy series for the Oprah Winfrey Network featuring a prominent NBA basketball player and his family.

Tartaglia’s greatest accomplishment by far is his family. He is married to writer/ producer Rishika Advani and they have two beautiful and highly entertaining kids, Maya who is six and Marco who is four.

James Armstrong

James Armstrong is an English born Stuntman/Stunt Coordinator and member of Armstrong Action, the largest privately owned and most comprehensive family operated Stunt facility company in the world. He is happily married with two beautiful children and lives in Studio City, Ca. During his childhood, James spent a lot of his time on movie sets alongside both his Father, Andy Armstrong & Uncle, Vic Armstrong. (Both also highly regarded in the Stunt Industry).

This early, but consistent exposure to movie production & stunts in particular, gave James both the bug for movie making, but also served as an incredible apprenticeship into the world of action in cinema. Years later, James has since stunt performed in, or coordinated, many studio action sequences. Most recently including, Sony's soon to be released "The Amazing Spiderman II". Other titles include, "The Amazing Spiderman I", "The Green Hornet", "Thor", "Jack Reacher" and many more.

He's worked for nearly every major studio in Hollywood, including Sony, Paramount, Warner Brothers, MGM, Fox, Universal and several others, not mentioning years of his television work with several networks, including the Fox TV hit show "Prison Break" in which James doubled the lead while the show ran it's course over 3 + years. His work in film has spanned many continents, on projects that range from small to summer blockbusters but James still works in TV when he can, only recently joining the team on Marvel Studios/ABC hit show 'Agents of Shield' as a Stunt Coordinator. James has also worked as a Director for 'Al Gore's current TV's network, viewed in the US and UK in more than 51 million households.

Autumn McAlpin

Autumn McAlpin is a filmmaker living in San Clemente, CA. Hailing from Memphis, TN, Autumn moved west after high school to earn a B.A. in English Teaching. She is also a graduate student of USC's Masters of Professional Writing program, with an emphasis in writing for stage and screen. Autumn has worked as a humor and entertainment columnist for The Orange County Register since 2005, shortly after her best-selling graduation gift book Real World 101: A Survival Guide to Life After High School was published by Adams Media.

A former model and actress, Autumn now prefers to indulge her love for cinema on the page and behind the camera, where she gravitates toward based-on-true stories and offbeat comedies. She wrote, directed, and produced her first short film Shadow in 2013, and is scheduled to film her first feature, Waffle Street, with fellow producers John J. Kelly and Brad Johnson in spring 2014. She has two other feature projects in development.

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