HollyShorts In LA’s Top 5 Short Film Festival List, Panel Tonight, Monthly Screening Tomorrow, Video Ink Article, 9th DC Shorts Screenplay Competition, Late Deadline Submissions

Shorts Need Love, Too: LA’s 5 Best Short Film Festivals  

Nearly every filmmaker you’ve heard of got their start on the short film circuit. There’s no better place to catch a glimpse of the next generation of Hollywood talent than at one of the dozens of short

film festivals

in Los Angeles. But with so many to choose from, it’s difficult to know which ones are really worth your time and money. Here are five you really shouldn’t miss:

2015 HollyShorts Banner⎜Courtesy HollyShorts Film Festival The HollyShorts Film FestivalFor something a little more under the radar, try the

HollyShorts Film Festival

. If AFI Fest is slightly unattainable even for the best short filmmakers, HollyShorts is the benchmark most up-and-comers are striving for. An excellent crash course in what viewers new to short cinema have been missing, the festival is also impressively dedicated to advancing the careers of its filmmakers. A weeks’ worth of quality screenings are complemented by a series of can’t miss parties, panels, and networking events that have been producing a remarkably lively atmosphere for both filmmakers and audiences alike for over a decade.

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The 11th annual HollyShorts Film Festival will be held August 13-22, 2015 at

TCL Chinese Theatre


Panel Event Tonight

VideoInk and HollyShorts Present: “Anatomy of a Web Series/Film Project

Join VideoInk and HollyShorts + Our Experts in Conversation:"Anatomy of a Web Series/Film Project"Including OPEN BAR + SNACKS!!

Each month we’ll be choosing a topic and holding a simultaneous event in both New York City and Los Angeles.We’ll be bringing in multiple experts to speak about the KEY lessons learned involved in the production, distribution, and monetization of web series/film content.

What goes into making a successful series or film for digital platforms? Which elements are required to ensure that as many people buy/watch your content, and provide a bountiful return on the investment you originally made? There are a lot of platforms for creators to put their content on, but is there an equation that allows you to take full advantage of all – or as many as possible – of those?At this event, VideoInk and Hollyshorts will sit down with the team behind a successful web series or film project to examine how exactly they turned it into a success. The conversation will span financing, creative, distribution, and monetization, with helpful tips for creators and producers seeking to navigate the sometimes overwhelming digital waters. LA Location:Ignited Spaces Hollywood-7080 Hollywood Blvd #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028


HollyShorts Monthly Tomorrow

Hollywood, May 20th, HollyShorts is back tomorrow for the popular monthly screening series at the world famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatre. We will be having two screenings our 7:00pm will be a block containing the best from FABA. The 9:30pm will be another compilation of great shorts. Our audience winner gets a software prize from Lightspeed valued at $1,000. We are also happy to announce a special offer from True Vision Entertainment, who are offering our attendees $150 off stage rental. Simply mention ‘HollyShorts’. Our regular deadline just ended, if you have missed the regular film submission deadline, late submission closes May 22nd. See submissions.

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MARTINI CREW BOOKING will film the Q&A with the participating filmmakers, then Join us at the Hotel Roosevelt, Spare Room, for after screening drinks and raffle. Located on Hollywood Blvd, a block down from the TCL Chinese Theaters. Final Draft will be giving you a chance to win, Final Draft 9, Jungle Software valued at a $100 each, Christopher Styles currently will be offering; A Men’s package deal including a haircut and face shave, valued at $60 and a Women’s package deal including a shampoo/blow-dry, manicure, pedicure valued at $60.There will also be drink specials at The Chinese Theatre’s bar, Sid’s Bar and Lounge.      

Tickets are $15 for each show, there’s a 2 show purchase special for $25. Purchase now by simply clicking on the logo below.

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres Address: 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

1st Program 7:00pm, 2nd Program 9:30pm

Parking @ Hollywood & Highland complexTake elevator to 3rd Floor look for HollyShorts

*After Party Invite Only with Ticket Purchase

Hacking the YouTube ‘Creator Playbook’: Mastering Playlists

This article ran originally on VideoInk – the most reputable source for breaking news, industry analysis and features related to online video, OTT and streaming businesses. Visit


for more info on topics similar to this article.YouTube’s playlists let you curate your viewers’ experience on your channel. They allow one video to flow seamlessly into the next, increasing watch-time and creating order in a channel you’ve hopefully populated with

regular content

. In addition to strategies for optimizing your playlists’ potential, we’ll let you in on YouTube’s newer features that will help you get the most out of your programming.Types of Playlists:1) Series: If you have a couple of different series running on your channel, make a playlist for each to help organize them for your audience.2) Themed: Say you have a bunch of videos that feature beauty tips. Group them together for a playlist that’s all about looking your best. You can also throw in other people’s content to round out the playlist. A shoutout like that may prompt the ‘Tuber’s content you’re using to feature you, later.3) Most Viewed and Least Viewed: Compile your most popular videos and throw in some new content. This will draw viewers in to watch new stuff that they might not seek out by themselves.4) “Best of [Blank]”: People can’t resist clicking on the word “best.” You can use this knowledge to make a video compilation that showcases the work you’re most proud of.Draw Attention to Your Playlists:1) Give Them Context: Add descriptions and titles that will entice viewers and make your playlists pop up early on in search results. Use keywords that relate to popular trends or videos of yours that people already watch.2) Pick the Right Thumbnail: You have the power to choose, here, so make it catchy!3) Address Your Subscribers: In the “Notes” field, write like you’re messaging your subscribers directly. As always, the more personally involved you make subscribers feel, the more invested they will be in your content.Use Advanced Features:1) The Interstitial Creator: In the “Edit Playlist” interface, you can insert recorded and text-based videos in the midst of the content you’ve put together for your playlist. These interstitial shorts are “automatically unlisted,” as the “Creator Playbook” will tell you. This means that they will remain solely in the context of your playlists and not bother subscribers’ by popping up on their feeds.2) Start and End Time: Also in the Edit Playlist interface, this feature lets you showcase only the parts of your videos that make sense in the playlist’s context.3) “Hosted” Playlists: You can use the interstitial content feature to make introductions, as well. Welcome people to your playlist by giving them a brief rundown of what to expect up front.4) “Playlist Mode”: Tell your viewers how to watch your videos in playlist form by providing the appropriate link. The URL should include “&list=,” which you can get to through the playlist page’s “Share” feature.This is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can do with your playlists. Feel free to mess around and explore your creative options. Once you’ve gotten the whole playlist thing down pat, you’ll be ready to use it towards tent-pole programming, making your channel as structurally sound as network TV.

9th DC Shorts Screenplay Competition


EVENT DATE: SEPTEMBER 18, 2015DC Shorts is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of readers consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters, and critics review and provide condensed feedback for scripts of 15 pages or less.

Six finalists are invited to attend DC Shorts and, with the assistance of local directors and agents, cast a live table reading of the script from a bank of actors. The readings are performed in front of an audience, who vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine a competition winner.

The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition awards up to $2,000 to a winning script, and guaranteed acceptance into the 2016 DC Shorts Film Festival.We consider screenplays in every genre and subject matter. However, because the finalists are read in front of a live audience, the judging committee looks for material that can be successfully conveyed to a general audience in a table reading.

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Festival Submissions


You can now submit to ‘'HollyShorts” through FilmFestivalLife, Click for Festival, FilmFreeway and Without A Box.


The 2nd annual HollyShorts Screenplay Contest is part of the 11th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 13-22nd, 2015). We are looking for short screenplays 15 pages or less. All Semi Finalists will be announced and invited to the festival with an all access pass. Top 3 screenplays will be announced/awarded at the HollyShorts Awards Ceremony and the winning 1st place script receives a production deal courtesy of Evil Slave. The completed short will screen at the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres.

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