Dov Simens


Dov Simens is the founder of Hollywood Film Institute in Hollywood, California. He has been voted “America’s #1 Film Instructor” by the National Association of Film Schools and is the bestselling author of “From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film”.

Dov has taught thousands of aspiring filmmakers around the globe, he has been credited to have helped launch the filmmaking careers of graduates such as Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrman, Christopher Nolan, Robert Rodriguez, Guy Ritchie, Queen Latifah, Will Smith and many more.

His 2-Day Film School has become the philosopher’s stone for independent film-makers. Graduates of his 2-Day Film School have made more feature films in the past five years than the film school students from the world’s top three film schools, i.e. USC, UCLA and NYU, combined.

“I never went to an expensive film school. I graduated from Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA, 1965, BA-Economics) and spent 3 years in the army (1st Lieutenant, Special Forces, ’66 – ’69). After Vietnam, I owned a successful bookstore in Carmel, California. In 1980, I sold the store, took the cash and went to Hollywood with an idea and a dream. I chased the deal, called agents, met studio heads, pitched development execs, hustled bankable stars and foreign buyers. I optioned books, true life stories and wrote scripts. Finally, I put my money where my mouth is, wrote bank checks and made a 90-minute 35mm feature film that won festival awards.”

“I learned to make movies from beginning to end… not from film school theory but from street reality.”

Dov made over 100 films as a production manager, line producer and producer-director for the likes of Roger Corman (the King of B-Movies), Crown, Canon, and New Line Cinema.

“…During the past 20 years, I have taught how to produce, write or direct with amazing success (graduates to date have grossed over $11 Billion) and have perfected my craft. I am proud of my teaching ability. I do not present myself as a great producer or the great director. For I am not! And great producers or directors, the Spielbergs & the Coppollas, you will discover are not great teachers. But what I am, is exactly what you want, “a great film instructor”, who is proud to give you the most amount of Hollywood filmmaking information, for the least amount of money, in the shortest period of time.”

As Quentin Tarantino agrees: “INSPIRATION! Why waste 4 years at a film school? I got Dov [Simens’] …Film School, shot ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction,’ and launched my career as a writer who controls his scripts.”

Dov teaches regularly at colleges, universities and film schools around the world. He is the founder of THE BIZ , a $5.5 million resource center for independent filmmakers in Santa Monica, California. His best selling book, “From Reel to Deal” is published by Warner Books.