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.