The 14th Annual Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival has announced this year’s official selections. Screenings will be August 9th-18th at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater, and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short The Silent Child.
This year HollyShorts received a record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets funded, shot and shown at next year’s festival.
The 2018 competition lineup has star power, including Penelope Cruz’s documentary Soy Unoentrecienmil which explores childhood leukemia, Michael Reilly’s Happy Birthday to Me starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton’s Modern Lives, and many others. Peruse the full list on the HollyShorts website.