The 23rd Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival® (BHFF), featuring a line-up of 150 competition films, kicks off on Wednesday, April 19th, with the Opening Night Official Red Carpet Gala event at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6925 Hollywood Boulevard). The evening features fifteen premieres and culminates in the Centerpiece World Premiere of “Mercy” (Paramount Global Content Distribution), directed by Tony Dean Smith and starring Leah Gibson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jon Voight. The complete schedule and tickets are available at

Festival president, Nino Simone, is brimming with excitement for the upcoming event, stating, “We can’t wait to gather in person once again. Due to the pandemic, recent installments of the festival were virtual, but this year, the BHFF is returning to the red carpet! We are thrilled to get back to the original format and create an immersive experience that fully embodies the spirit of the festival. We look forward to reconnecting the festival-goers and filmmakers in the heart of the entertainment industry to celebrate the art of film together.”

The Centerpiece film for Opening Night is the feature film “Mercy,” directed by Tony Dean Smith and executive produced by Steven Paul.  Leah Gibson (“Jessica Jones”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Vikings”) and Academy Award® Winner* Jon Voight (“Coming Home”) star in this action-packed thriller. An ex-military doctor finds herself in a deadly battle for survival when the Irish mafia seizes control of the hospital at which she works. When her son is taken hostage, she is forced to rely upon her battle-hardened past and lethal skills after realizing there’s no one left to save the day but her. The Paramount Global Content Distribution release is slated for May 19th. The film also features Anthony Konechny, Sebastien Roberts, Bobby L. Stewart, Anthony Bolognese, Mike Dupod and Bradley Stryker.

For five days, the BHFF hosts red carpet premieres, a robust shorts program, networking events, panel discussions and after-parties, culminating in the annual Closing Awards Ceremony and Gala held at the landmark Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard), on Sunday, April 23rd.   Please visit for a complete line-up of the 2023 official selections.

Short Film “Are You Awake” by Gabriel Caste (screens on Saturday, April 22, at 4:15 PM)

About BHFF – The annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival® was founded in 2001 by award-winning independent filmmaker Nino Simone.  The 23rd annual event, taking place from April 19th through 23rd, 2023, is dedicated to showcasing and promoting non-studio films to the entertainment industry. Designed to bridge the world of premiere independent cinema with Hollywood, the festival hosts world-class screenings, networking events and industry seminars. Tickets are available on the fest site. Prices range from $20.00 per screening to $550.00 for a Platinum Pass. For a complete festival line-up, schedule and pricing, please visit or