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Zachary Quinto's Before the Door Pictures to Open HollyShorts Film Festival

The organizers of Hollyshorts (www.hollyshorts.com) announced today that Zachary Quinto and his Before The Door Pictures ("Margin Call") banner (www.beforethedoor.com) will open the 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) with a special theatrical world premiere of PERIODS. (www.periodsfilms.com), an improvised comedy film series created by NY-based filmmakers Victor Quinaz, Anna Martemucci and their ensemble crew.
 
The showcase of the PERIODS. shorts will be held during the HollyShorts opening night celebration which takes place on Thursday August 9, 2012 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood with Quinto hosting the PERIODS. Films program that will feature a variety of special guests and a Q&A with the filmmakers. Advance tickets go on sale today and are available via www.hollyshorts.com and Eventbrite at: http://hsff8thannualopeningnight.eventbrite.com.
 
The PERIODS. shorts have cultivated a cult-like online and social media following since their inception two years ago and have recently wrapped their first feature film with Anonymous Content and Before The Door producing. The PERIODS. shorts have been described as "anachronistic period pieces with costumes that a show choir would die for." PERIODS. is a co-production with Robinson Films, Inc., Nomadic Films, and Before The Door Pictures. Before The Door is run by Quinto, Neal Dodson, Corey Moosa, and Sean Akers.
 
To celebrate the announcement, PERIODS. is re-releasing today one of their most popular shorts BEFORE AFTER With Zachary Quinto. To view BEFORE AFTER, visit: http://youtu.be/7ljibXY_ka8.
 
Commented HollyShorts co-founders and co-directors Theo Dumont and Daniel Sol on the announcement: "The PERIODS. crew exemplifies what modern indie filmmaking is really all about--- working together to create high quality content for global audiences while utilizing tangible digital tools and social media to promote and release the works to the masses. We can't wait for the showcase during the 8th Annual HollyShorts opening night celebration at the Chinese Theatre. We'd like to thank Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson, Victor Quinaz, Anna Martemucci and the rest of the PERIODS. crew for making this happen."
 
"It is always thrilling to support the work of friends and collaborators with whom I (and my company) expect to be in the business of telling stories for years to come," says Quinto.  "I am enormously proud of Victor and Anna - and excited to celebrate this significant accomplishment with them in August."
 
"Theo, Daniel, and everyone at HollyShorts have made a dream come true for us," says Victor Quinaz. "Our film series lives online and is watched on iPhones but was always intended to be seen on the biggest screen available. It's not IMAX, but it'll have to do."
 
"In all seriousness," Anna Martemucci further commented, "We have something very special planned with a few surprise guests. And what's better, if you can't make it that night we're releasing the new films online that evening so no one is left out."
 
The popular PERIODS. shorts have amassed a cult-like following online. The shorts series include such popular titles as The Masterworks: Vol. 1 which includes: PILGRIMS, EDITH WHARTON'S, ETHAN FROME, FOREFATHERS, HAGS, BEFORE AFTER, BEFORE AFTER II; and Vol. 2 which includes: NAM, DEC. 26, VIKING WIVES, and RE: CREATION.
 
The brainchild of founders Theo Dumont and Daniel Sol, HSFF will feature a marquee opening night celebration. The weeklong event takes place August 9-16, 2012 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and will feature short film screenings from around the world, industry panels, and a whirlwind of exclusive receptions and parties. Twice named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of "25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee," HSFF is devoted to helping advance the careers of filmmakers by providing exposure through top-notch screenings and networking events during the highly anticipated week-long festival each August. The 2011 edition of HSFF showcased over 350 projects including web series, music videos, commercials, and an impressive slate of animated, documentary, student, and short films of all genres. The Festival presents over $75,000 USD in prizes to winners, with Company 3 sponsoring awards of $10,000 in post-production and finishing services to both the Best Overall Short Film and Best Director award-winners, and $5,000 in post-production services to the Best Commercial and Best Music Video winners. Other top prizes include a $5,000 camera rental package courtesy of Martini Crew Booking for the Best Student award-winner, and $5,000 in services from Greenhouse Studios. Other HSFF sponsors include Method Studios, Showbiz Software, Festival Genius, IndiePix, Final Draft, Adobe, Film LA, Shorts HD, Film Courage, Film Festivals APP, and SLS Hotel.
 
HSFF winners are automatically eligible to be screened at some of the top film festivals in the world; HollyShorts Global Festival Content Partners include NociCortinfestival, Media Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece, Soho Shorts in the UK, and Cinema Tous Ecran in Switzerland. The full festival lineup of accepted films will be announced early July.
 
About HollyShorts
HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from aroundthe globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement 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 please visit www.hollyshorts.com.

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