Special HollyShorts Film Festival Co-Located Event To Feature Who’s Who of Leading Entertainment Companies and Speakers Tackling Important Issues Facing The Industry Today And Sharing Insightful Tips For Success In The Ever- Changing Digital Environment 
Hollywood August 6, 2013SOLMont Events, the organizers of the upcoming 9th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival which takes place August 15-22, 2013 at the TCL Chinese Theatre today officially announced the inaugural HOLLYSHORTS FILM CONFERENCE Presented By Method Studios, a special co-located event taking place at the Roosevelt Hotel, featuring a slew of high level panels, speaking engagements and panels tackling the most important issues facing the entertainment industry.
Confirmed participating companies at the HOLLYSHORTS FILM CONFERENCE include Fox, Lionsgate, FEARnet, Electus, Machinima, Cartoon Network, Vuguru, Freestyle Releasing, 34
th St. Films, a subsidiary of Perry Studios, Sunnyfield Entertainment, PGA New Media Council, Indiegogo. Women In Film, Generate, WHOSAY, Shorts International, Whitewater Films, Permut Presentations, Route 1 Films, Imaginaut Entertainment, Waterstone Entertainment, IndiePix Films Inc, the China Hollywood Society among others.
Award-winning visual effects group and HOLLYSHORTS FILM CONFERENCE Presenting sponsor Method Studios will have two of their top VFX experts give a behind the curtain look at how film and commercial VFX projects come together in the
Tools of the Trade: Demystifying VFX panel taking place onSaturday August 17 at 2pm. The session will be presented by Jason Schugardt whose credits include 4 Academy Award winning feature films in his specialized discipline. Schugardt’s resume includes VFX work on David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “The Wolverine.” Jason will be joined by Charles Abou Aad, a veteran of 11 years in the effects industry working on genre defining VFX blockbusters including: “I Robot,” “Transformers,” and “Super 8.”  Prior to the 9:30pmhorror screening presented by FEARnet at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday August 16, FEARnet will present the Art of The Horror Short Film panel at 4pm at the HOLLYSHORTS FILM CONFERENCE followed by a private reception.
Other sessions at the HOLLYSHORTS FILM CONFERENCE to also include:
The State of the Global Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions Business featuring Mike Polydoros, EVP, Lionsgate, EVP, Tony Safford, EVP Acquisitions at 20th CenturyFox and Chris Charlambous, head of Acquisitions, Freestyle Releasing & Freestyle Digital media. Sunday August 18 at 12noon. Not to be missed at the FILM CONFERENCE is the
Digital Players You Must Know session featuring Steve Eddy, VP & Head of Production, Vuguru, Linda Olszewski, Head of Acquisitions, Shorts International/Shorts HD, Cyrus Farrokh, Executive Director, Electus International, Rick Sorkin, Leading Social & Digital Media Expert VP of Sales & Talent Marketing, WHOSAY, Bob Alexander, Director of  Indiepix and Conrad Montgomery, Creative Executive at Cartoon Network. Saturday August 17 at 4pm.
The HOLLYSHORTS FILM CONFERENCE will also feature the
Indiegogo Pitch Fest-Pitch Your Indie Project, a real-time Crowd Funding Panel where filmmakers will pitch their ideas for their passion projects. The winning pitch will receive real funds to back the production from Indiegogo. The panel is being moderated by John Trigonis, Manager, Film & Video at Indiegogo/writer of Crowdfunding For Filmmakers: The Way to A Successful Film Campaign. Judges include Erin Li, Producer/Director “Kepler X-47,” and   Diana Wright, Writer “Donnie Brock PI.” The Indiegogo panel takes place on Sunday August 18 at 4pm. On Thursday August 22 catch the Next Gen Breakthrough Producers Panel featuring Amber Rasberry, Director of Development, 34th St. Films, a subsidiary of Perry Studios, Sarah Perlman Bremner, Head of Development, Sunny Field Entertainment, Clay Westervelt, Founder of Imaginaut,  Adam Lebovitz, Co-Creator of Quick Film Budget Inc., Mark Stolaroff, Founding Partner of Antic Pictures and Creator of No Budget Film School and Matt Ratner, Producer at Permut Presentations.

Commented Festival Founders and Co-Directors Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont: “When we started HollyShorts 9 years ago, the goal was to unite next gen indie filmmakers with top industry professionals so that they can learn from the best and advance their careers while also allowing the top players in the business to connect with the future leaders of Hollywood and we are continuing to do just that today with the launch of our HOLLYSHORTS FILM CONFERENCE Presented By Method Studios.”

 Additional high profile panels include:   
  • Meet The Readers taking place on Friday August 16 at 2pm which will feature six veteran story analysts who will enlighten writers who want to know what happens to their scripts when they are submitted to agents and production companies. Participants include:  Kathy McCullough, Readyer/Screenwriter-Has read for HBO, Miramax, Castle Rock and others, Rob Potter, longtime reader for HBO, John Blake, Story Analyst for HBO, Starz, Amazon Studios, Miramax, Picturehouse and others, and Ingrid De Beus-Reader for HBO & Starz. Friday August 16 at 2pm.
  • Producers Guild New Media Council Presents How To Produce A Successful Transmedia Project-The Future of Indie Filmmaking on Saturday August 17 at 12pm.
  • Impact Screenwriters & Directors 2013 featuring Award Winning Writers and Directors: Kyle Alvarez, “C.O.G,” “Easier With Practice,” Jamie Linden, “10 years,” “We Are Marshall,” “Dear John,” L. Philippe Casseus “Freelancers,” Sheldon Candis, “LUV.” The session takes place Monday August 19 at 2pm.
  • Shooting in China Presented by the China Hollywood Society on Tuesday August 20 at 2pm. Industry experts including Cliff Lo (Attorney), Adam Christian Clark (Director) and Melanie Ansley (Producer), Deddy Tzur (Composer) share their experiences working on China on shorts, TV series and features across reality and drama. Hear their highs, lows and how they handled cultural differences. With the interest in China/US collaboration rapidly increasing, this is a session not to be missed.
The full conference schedule and passes for the FILM CONFERENCE can be viewed and purchased now atwww.hollyshorts.com.  Additional speakers and sessions TBA, panels subject to change.
HollyShorts 2013 sponsors include: Company 3, Method Studios, Starnow, Newcastle Brown Ale, Rock Star Energy Drink, Uber, Panavision, Indiegogo, Law Offices of Clifford Lo Entertainment Law, Bigpie, Digital Video Expo ‘13, Moviola, FEARnet, Martini Crew Booking, You Me and Charlie, Noci Cortinfestival, Showbiz Software, Lightspeed EPS, LAPPG, New Media Vault, The Roosevelt Hotel, Pop Chips, Final Draft, True Vision Entertainment, Yabazam!, Pretzel Chips, Production Hub, Quick Film Budget, Festival Genius, Indie Pix, ShortsHD, EuroChannel, Jungle Software, Los Angeles Hair Studio.
About Method Studios
Method Studios is an award-winning, visual effects group with facilities in nine locations throughout the world. Method’s unique approach to visual effects production combines traditional filmmaking techniques with the most sophisticated digital solutions in 2D compositing and 3D animation. As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, Method services high-end feature film and commercial clients and recent projects include Cloud Atlas, Argo and the famous dancing Kia hamsters.
About HollyShorts
HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information pleasevisitwww.hollyshorts.com.