Celebrating its “Sweet 16,” the HollyShorts Film Festival is going virtual to a global audience for the first time from November 9-15, 2020. One of the world’s leading short film festivals, HollyShorts received over 6,000 submissions, and only 5% of the films are now one step closer to potentially being in the running for an Academy Award®.
“I’m very excited to have our L.A. premiere at a festival as strong as HollyShorts,” stated director Maya Albanese, who’s short Freeze stars Nora Zehetner (NatGeo’s The Right Stuff) and Adrian Grenier (Entourage). She continued, “I made Freeze as entertaining catharsis for thirty-something women in our modern era of unparalleled female choice. It’s a pressure cooker period in our lives when our greatest career opportunities are expanding just as our fertility is declining.”
“…a variety of shorts including Live Action, Animation, Documentary as well as TV Pilots, Music Videos, Web Series, and Student shorts.”
This year’s competition lineup will feature a variety of shorts, including Live Action, Animation, Documentary as well as TV Pilots, Music Videos, Web Series, and Student shorts. Some early standouts include: In Hollywoodland starring Yetide Badaki (American Gods) and Karen David (Legacies); Second Act featuring Francia Raisa (Grown-Ish); the Madison Beer Good and Goodbye music video co-directed by Beer and Kyle Cogan; Morad Mostafa’s drama Henet Ward; Eagle featuring The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr.; sci-fi short Proxy starring Erika Christensen (Parenthood) and Emma Booth (Glitch); Chloe Campion’s documentary The Race about teenage rapper Tay-K; comedic miniseries Louey & Bri TV starring Luis Guzmán (Shameless) and Bri Smith; Ashley Williams’ (The Jim Gaffigan Show) directorial debut Meats; Sex Education director Alice Seabright’s comedy End-O; Furlough from The Originals’ Phoebe Tonkin; and the animated short Kapaemahu among others.
HollyShorts Film Festival will take place on November 9-15, 2020, exclusively on Bitpix. The festival will be completely virtual and feature short films, panels, exclusive fireside chats, virtual get-togethers, and the 16th Annual Awards Show, where three short films will become qualified for the Academy Awards®. To view all of the official selections or to purchase tickets, please visit www.hollyshorts.com.