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Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival Celebrates 15th Anniversary
The annual Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Running Aug. 8-17, the shorts film fest brings together premium story creators, top-flight industry leaders and dynamic companies, launching filmmakers into the next stages of their careers.

“We had submissions from 80 countries this year. The event has truly become an explosion of phenomenal short-form content,” says Theo Dumont, co-founder of HollyShorts.

Of a record 6,000 submissions, roughly 400 official selections have been made, spread out over three categories: short film, live action and animation. HollyShorts also engages the community and spotlights short films year-round through monthly screenings, panels and networking events.

“It’s been remarkable to see the exponential growth of the festival over the years as we’re always searching for the next wave of talented filmmakers,” says co-founder Daniel Sol.

The opening night red carpet celebration will be held at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Taking place concurrently
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HollyShorts Film Festival Reveals Opening Night Lineup (Exclusive)

The HollyShorts 15th annual short film festival will kick off Aug. 8 with a star-heavy slate of films for its opening night, led by Lena Headey’s The Trap, starring her Game of Thrones co-star Michelle Fairley and James Nelson-Joyce.

HollyShorts, the Los Angeles-based short film festival, will also open at Tcl Chinese Theater with screenings of Janina Gavankar and Russo Schelling’s short Stucco, which stars Debra Messing, Aisha Tyler and Michael Ealy.

And Dane Cook will bring his dramedy American Typecast, which he co-wrote with Monib Abhat and in which both star. Rounding out the opening night lineup is writer-director Eli ...
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