Spotlight Blast

Submit to HollyShorts Film Festival | Recently named an Academy Awards® Qualifying Festival


In the Spotlight today is the 13th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF), recently named an Academy-qualifying festival and named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the "Top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" for its solid track record of presenting the best upcoming short filmmakers and dynamic programming. In addition to short film, HSFF also welcomes music videos, websiodes, commercials, TV shows, Virtual Reality and more. With competitive screenings unfolding at Hollywood's famed TCL Chinese Theatres, HSFF is an ideal place for indie filmmakers to rub elbows with industry players, right in their own backyard.

This year's HSFF will include screenings, daily networking events, panels, and seminars every single day for 10 days. HSFF has featured over 2,000 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Luke Wilson, Eli Roth, Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, Issa Rae, Felicia Day, Jennifer Morrison, JT Mollner, and C. Robert Cargill (writer Doctor Strange). The 2016 HSFF awarded the Kodak Best Short prize to Black Canaries, which also took home Best Cinematography. Best Director went to Madaran and the Company 3 Grand Jury winner went to Catching Fireflies . Company 3 awarded all three winning films a total of $60,000 USD in post production services. The Panavision Future Filmmaker award went to Out Of The Village which included $10,000 in Panavision equipment rental. 

In addition to festival programming, HollyShorts also hosts the Film Conference & Market during the August event. This event features additional speaking engagements, seminars, and workshops tackling the most important issues facing the entertainment industry. The gathering features the major studios, networks, agencies and influential speakers. Previous participants included such companies as Fox, Lionsgate, Shorts HD, Electus, Machinima, Route 1 Films, Gersh, Cartoon Network, Film LA, Dailymotion, and Vuguru, to name a few.  



April 7, 2017 - Regular Deadline
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HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe.

Select HSFF award-winning projects will receive distribution through festival partner BITPIX and have the opportunity to screen at monthly events hosted by HSFF in major cities. Additionally, HSFF will host a theatrical run for winners in Los Angeles for Academy consideration. All invited filmmakers will enjoy an all access pass to the screenings, panels, filmmaker lounge (which includes sponsored cocktails), filmmaker networking happy hour receptions each night after panels, and the opening night red carpet and awards ceremony. 

HSFF is now considering projects under 40 minutes - qualify your work today!