The Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) was created by Nino Simone in 1999. It is an international competition dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers in the city globally recognized as the headquarters for VIPs to the motion picture industry.
Dedicated to independent filmmakers, the BHFF creates a wonderful screening environment allowing participants to feature their films in the highest quality venues available to consumers around the world. Professionals and industry tastemakers representing all facets of the movie industry have been spotted attending year after year.
Designed to bridge the world of premiere independent cinema with the renowned city of Beverly Hills, the BHFF welcomes over 20,000 attendees annually who congregate for 5 days of screenings, poolside celebrity panels, special events, seminars, VIP after parties and deal making.
After winning the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2008 for Best Picture (Bad Guys) and Best Documentary (Sequestro) in 2011, Lapenda came up with the concept of creating The Beverly Hills Film Festival Japan. Mr. Simone approved of the idea and together they founded and produced the first version in 2013. Acting as the Beverly Hills Film Festival Japan Chairman, Lapenda’s goal is to bring together Japanese filmmakers and Hollywood.