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12th Hollyshorts Film Festival Calls for Entries

HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less.

The 2015 HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Market took place over 10 days August 13-22 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theatres, OHM, and Ignited Spaces in Hollywood. Grand Prize $15,000 cash prize courtesy of ZYPE was awarded to Jamie Donoughue for his short SHOK. Over 2,200 submissions in 2015 and over 15,000 unique visitors to the festival over 10 days and we hosted our first ever online festival concurrent with the live festival via VHX.

The 2016 HSFF and Film Conference will take place August 11-20 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

HSFF Alumni include Josh Brolin, Kirsten Dunst, Demi Moore, Joe Carnahan, Darren Lew, David Arquette, Dash Mihok, Ryan Eggold, James Hong, Neil Labute, Zachary Quinto, Adam Brody, Pras Michel, Francois Jaros, Jon Heder, Russo Brothers, Bill Plympton, Felicia Day, Nash Edgerton, Jaime Linden, Jennifer Aniston, Mark Fergus, Jessica Biel, Malcolm Barrett, Carter Smith, Jason Biggs, David Pryor, Jimmy Jean Louis, Paula Garces, Adrian Grenier, David Lynch, Paul Haggis, Bragi Schut, Beth Grant, Sharon Lawrence, David Weinstein, William Olssen, Alex Ferrari, Larry Hankin, Lance Larson, John Thompson, Nick Carmen, Scott Porter, Kat Coiro, Joel David Moore, Mary Pat Bentel, Denis Hennelly, Richard Riehle, Biz Markie, Joe Carnahan, Matthew Libatique, Matthew Modine, David Rodriguez, Kat Coiro, Bryan Buckley, Carey Williams, Chadwick Boseman, Moon Molson, Neal Dodson, and many, many other great filmmakers and actors. Industry attendees include Shorts HD, Indieflix, Indiepix, ZYPE, Snagfilms, Hulu, Netflix, Google Play, Lionsgate, Grindstone, Sony, 20th Century Fox, CAA, William Morris, UCLA Extension, General Assembly, Evil Slave, Seed and Spark, Indiegogo, and many others!

Awards & Prizes

HSFF awards prizes from sponsors Company 3, Method Studios, ZYPE, Panavision, Final Draft, Lightspeed EPS, True Vision Entertainment, and many others! Awards go to over 20 categories including Best Short, Best Director, Best Animation, Best Doc, Best Cinematography, Best Music Video, Best Commercial, etc. Distribution opportunities available for winners via Bitpix, Shorts HD, and Indieflix.

Grand Prize is a $15,000 cash prize courtesy of ZYPE!

Company 3 and Method Studios awards up to $60,000 in post production prizes for Co3 grand jury, Best Director, Best Music Video, Best Cinematographer, Best VFX, and Best Commercial categories.

Rules & Terms

Films and videos submitted to the Festival will be considered for competitive categories. Oscar nominated films may be submitted for screening but not in the competitive categories. By submitting your film for consideration for the 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival, you agree for HollyShorts to screen your short film if it is an official selection for this year's festival and are obligated to your commitment. All films with screen on DCP unless otherwise mentioned. 
**Please note that by submitting your film, being accepted and submitting your DCP to screen- you are confirming that HollyShorts can screen your film, regardless of another festival's acceptance and are bound by these terms and conditions.**

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