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By Film Threat Staff | July 19, 2004

HypeFest, the film & video festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity, has announced its 2004 selection of short films, music videos, commercials and promos. Held at CineSpace in Hollywood (6356 Hollywood Blvd.) on July 24 and 25, HypeFest will present original short-subject work culled from hundreds of entries from the US and around the world. Organized by theme, the programs include generous servings of drama, intrigue, humor and imagination. Sixty-seven projects have been selected for the competition screenings, which will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m. on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25.

The festival will debut numerous world premieres, including commercial director Mark Mainguy’s short film “Pizza Shop” and the documentary short “Worth Saving,” directed by Gretchen Hildebran and Leah Wolchok. Other festival highlights include visually compelling music videos for Fischerspooner, The Shins and Incubus, numerous commercials from the US and the UK, and a variety of short films, including Spirit of Slamdance winner “The Virile Man,” directed by David Zellner, and Rob Meltzer’s “I Am Stamos,” starring John Stamos and Robert Peters. A selection of fine overseas fare can be sampled in the program “Foreign Affairs,” which includes the L.A. premieres of “Passing Hearts,” directed by Johan Brisinger from Sweden and “Life Is A Circus,” directed by Max Hochrad from the UK, as well as 2004 Student Academy Award nominees “Bicycles & Radios,” directed by O Nathapon and shot in Thailand, and “9:30” directed by Mun Chee Yong.

The weekend-long event will conclude with an awards show and a closing nightevent at CineSpace on Sunday, July 25th. All selected projects are eligible for the awards, which are given in three categories: DIY, which is presented to a compelling project completed on a limited budget; Style Council Award, which recognizes a project for its unique style and visual panache; and Stash Magazine¹s Animation Award, which honors the best animated project. Winners will receive prizes furnished by production and postproduction supplier Moviola, music production company Hear The Picture, animation software company Kaydara, DVD Magazine Stash, entertainment business software provider Media Services, film and video production resource 411 Publishing, indie music store Amoeba Music, and publisher Michael Weise Productions.

HypeFest has also announced the semi-finalists for the Screenplay Competition: “The End of the Beginning” by Greg Brooks, “How to Ace an Intervention” by Ned Farr, “Erotomania” by Zakary Kurzawski, “Me and Sammy” by Ian McCamey and “Rent Control” by Amy Roy. Prizes for the Screenplay Competition will be provided by The Writers Store, Hollywood Scriptwriter, and Michael Weise Productions.

For more info, visit the Hypefest website.

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