HollyShorts Film Festival 

is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget. Click here for full list of awards.

 Recently named an Academy Awards® Qualifying Festival.

 

 
 

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Selected as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals

 
 

Ranked Top 50 Festival Worth The Entry Fee for the past 7 years

 

Best Short Film Grand Prize Winner qualifies for Academy Awards® 


Join us for our Monthly Screening Series at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters

 

The HollyShorts Monthly Screening series is a monthly short film series showcasing short films in Los Angeles every month, with stops in New York, Austin, and Miami on occasion throughout the year. The screening series showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less and feature films of all genres from around the world.


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Next Monthly: 

June 29th

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Have questions about submitting- check out our FAQ 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • When does the festival take place?
    August 10-19, 2017
  • Where does the festival take place?
    Various venues in Hollywood, California
  • Where will my film screen?
    At the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood, CA
  • Can I stay nearby?
    Yes. The Roosevelt and Loews Hotels are the closest to the Venue. (Check back for our exclusive rate)
  • Do you screen films other than at your festival?
    Yes, we hold Monthly Screenings at TCL Chinese Theater. 
  • Monthly Screenings?
    Please check out our page here for more info. 

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ENTRY FEE QUESTIONS

  • How much is the entry fee?
    Prices range from $40-$80 based on deadlines- WE DO NOT OFFER WAIVERS
  • Do you have early bird / late fees?
    Yes we do. Early Bird is generally $40 and Late is $80 (Student has different rate- Check submission platform for price)
  • Can I get refunded if my film is not eligible?
    No, you cannot get a refund if your film is not eligible. Therefore please carefully check the guidelines of the section(s) if the film is eligible or not - prior to submitting the film
  • I submitted twice, can I get a refund?
    We DO NOT offer REFUNDS. So please make sure you pay attention when submitting your project.
  • Do you accept PayPal?
    Yes, please submit payment via Paypal.com to: Staff@hollyshorts.com 
  • I don’t have a credit card. What can I do?
    Please make payment via check  and mail to us at: 14622 Ventura Blvd #102, #722 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
  • I’m a student. What are the special conditions?
    There is a reduced submission fee. Please check the platform you are submitting on for specific price based on date.           We do not offer waivers
  • I want to submit my film to more than one section. Do I have to pay an entry fee for each section?
    Yes
  • Should I be concerned about premiering my film at another festival and blowing my chances at getting into the HollyShorts Film Festival?
    Our Festival does not have any formal premiere policies for short films. We feel strongly that HSFF is a platform for all independent filmmakers to showcase their work.  We have 0 restrictions on premiere status
  • I see you've been named an Official Qualifying Film Festival on the Academy Awards website. What does that mean? Is my film eligible?
    The film/filmmaker who wins the Grand Jury Prize Short Film Award may be eligible to submit to the Academy Awards in the short film category. Please review the submission guidelines, if you'd like to be considered

SUBMISSION QUESTIONS

  • What are your Submission Dates?
    Early Bird: Feb 3 Regular Deadline: Apr 27  Late Deadline: May 19 Extended: June 2
  • What are your submission fees/do you grant waivers?
    Please see here.  At this time we DO NOT GRANT FEE WAIVERS. If you are an alum, please email for a discount code
  • I want to submit to the Monthly Screenings, do you offer waivers?
    We DO NOT GRANT FEE WAIVERS for any of our submissions
  • What categories do you accept?
    Please see our page here for more info
  • How do I submit my film?
    Please see our page here for more info
  • How many submissions do you get each year & how many screen?
    We received almost 2,500 submissions and screened over 420 projects as of our 2016 edition
  • Can I send a rough cut of my film for you to judge prior to accepting? 
    Yes, but we prefer to see the finished product if possible. If accepted- we need to review the new cut. Timing should be the same
  • How can I pay?
    Payment is accepted only in US dollars, by check (payable to HollyShorts Film Festival), money order, Visa or MasterCard. We cannot accept American Express. Checks must have a printed address and telephone number. A photocopy of your student ID must be enclosed with payment (If submitting under STUDENT category). International entries must pay by Visa, MasterCard or money order in U.S. dollars. Do not send cash.Unfortunately we are unable to give refunds
  • What if I don't get in, can I get a refund?
    Unfortunately we are unable to give refunds
  • When will I be notified?
    Our listed date is on/around July 11th.  You may find out before this date and you may also find out a week past this date
  • How do I submit my screenplay?
    Please see our page here for more info


Don't see an answer to the question you have?  Email Staff@hollyshorts.com