6th Annual HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (August 5 - 12 2010)



HOLLYSHORTS 2010 TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE at www.HollyShorts.com

6TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO FEATURE DAVID ARQUETTE, THOMAS JANE, DICK VAN DYKE, JAMES FRANCO, SCOTT PORTER, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD, MENA SUVARI, ZACHARY QUINTO, KIRSTEN DUNST, KATE BOSWORTH, JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS, ZOE SALDANA, DON CHEADLE, WILL FERRELL, JUDD NELSON, ZOOEY DESCHANEL AND MORE…

2010 HSFF KICKS OFF THURSDAY AUGUST 5 WITH STAR-STUDDED OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION HOSTED BY E! NEWS’ BEN LYONS

OVER 190 IN COMPETITION SHORT FORM PROJECTS SET TO UNSPOOL AT LAEMMLE SUNSET AUGUST 6-12 WITH 16 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED—PANELS, PARTIES, AWARDS SET FOR WEEK-LONG ANNUAL EVENT


Los Angeles, California —The sixth installment of the HollyShorts Film Festival (www.hollyshorts.com) will kick off on Thursday August 5 at the DGA theatre in Hollywood with a star studded opening night celebration that will feature the world premiere of David Arquette’s 3D short film “The Butler’s in Love,” Dick Van Dyke’s 3D short film “The Caretaker 3D,” Zachary Quinto’s comedy short “Hostage A Love Story,” Sundance winner Derek Water’s short comedy with Funny or Die “Drunken History: Lincoln, Douglas,” which stars Will Ferrell, Don Cheadle, and Zoe Deschanel, Kat Coiro’s short film “Idiots,” which stars Kate Bosworth and Zoe Saldana, Jeff Vespa’s “Children of the Spider,” starring Mena Suvari, Alex Prager’s short “Despair,” starring Bryce Dallas Howard, and Alex Ferrari’s “Red Princess Blues,” which stars Richard Tyson and Rachel Grant. The evening will be hosted by Ben Lyons. HollyShorts opening night tickets are available now at www.HollyShorts.comand Brown Paper Tickets.

HollyShorts opening night will also mark special announcements by David Arquette and James Caan. David Arquette will unveil Inmoo, the world’s largest online independent film theatre. James Caan will unveil his company Openfilm’s six finalists from its 1st Get It Made film competition.

HollyShorts Film festival will showcase over 190 short form projects in competition at Laemmle Sunset 5 August 6-12. The Best Short Film and Best Director prizes are presented by HollyShorts sponsor Company 3, which will award $20,000 of post production services packages to the winners. The winners will be announced during the festival’s special closing night ceremony on Thursday, August 12.

“It’s an honor for us to be in the company of such incredible creatives, visionaries and the industry’s next brightest stars at the upcoming HollyShorts Film Festival,” said Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont, HollyShorts co-founders. “We have a remarkable team that has put together an incredible program and it’s a delight to be at the forefront of the industry this year with 3D short films, over 190 projects in competition, industry panels, exclusive receptions and strong industry representation across the board. We are looking forward to a great festival and welcome everyone to come out and enjoy the shows.”

This year marks a record breaker for HollyShorts. The festival is the first short film festival in the Los Angeles area to kick off its opening night celebration with a 3D program. HollyShorts received a record number of submissions and will feature projects from 16 countries including the US, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Spain, Czech Republic, Singapore, New Zealand, France, Hungary, Mexico, UK, Lebanon, and Belgium.

On Friday, August 6 HollyShorts will feature a special screening of “Napoleon Dynamite,” preceded by “Peluca,” the original short film that sparked the idea for the feature. The screening takes place at Laemmle Sunset 5.

On Saturday August 7 HollyShorts will host a special panel at 12noon titled “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Short Film Distribution 2010, featuring industry veterans to learn the truth about what kinds of distribution deals are actually possible for short films. Moderated by Roberta Munroe (www.robertamunroe.com), author of How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer, panelists will include: Todd Luoto, Short Film Programmer, Sundance Film Festival (www.toddluoto.com); Orly Ravid (www.thefilmcollaborative.org, The Film Collaborative and special guest short filmmakers who have succeeded and/or failed miserably on the festival circuit and garnered distribution for their short that they were paid well for or never saw a dime. On Sunday, August 8, HollyShorts will host a special panel at 12 noon on film financing for indie filmmakers.

On Monday, August 9, the festival will feature a music video competition, with over 20 music videos screening including Kid Cudi and Cee Lo projects. On Wednesday, August 11, HollyShorts will feature comedy short films from Rooftopcomedy.com as well as Openfilm.com’s Top Six Flix films which are a part of a competition that will award $50,000 in cash and $200,000 in financing to develop his or her short into a feature film with Openfilm Studios. That evening, HollyShorts alumni and the directing duo the Ronalds Brothers will unspool their latest feature film “Netherbeast Incorporated” starring Darrell Hammond, Judd Nelson and Dave Foley.

HollyShorts will host an exclusive reception at Bourdoir STK on Wednesday August 11. The Festival’s closing night awards ceremony sponsored by Company 3 takes place on Thursday August 12 and will feature live performances and award presentations.

Among 2010 HollyShorts selections, the festival includes high profile in competition shorts including Julie Pacino’s (Al Pacino’s daughter) directorial debut “Abracadabra,”

Young star and co-writer of the short “Text Me,” Matt Bennett is the star of Nickelodeon’s hit series “Victorious”, just shot a feature with Judd Apatow and is the star of a new movie produced by Will Ferrell hitting theatres this summer. “Azureus Rising,” is by David Weinstein, who’s done VFX for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine, “Valkyrie,” and “The Chronicles of Narna.” The short film “Swerve,” stars Chris Ashworth from “The Wire,” and “Terminator Salvation.”

“Hector Corp.” was directed by Gary H. Lee, Visual Effects and animator for

“Monsters vs. Aliens” “Over the Hedge” and “Kung Fu Panda.” The short comedy “The Action Hero’s Guide to Saving Lives,” features Patrick Warburton, who’s credits include “Family Guy” and “Men in Black II.” “Avatar” star Joel Moore’s short “Hours Before,” stars Stuart Lafferty and Jarod Einsohn.

HollyShorts 2010 Sponsors include Openfilm, Company 3, Inmoo, Martini Crew Booking, HD Creative Services, Inktip, Hollywood Unites for Haiti, SLS Hotel, Indie Rentals, H Magazine, Indie Printing, Doomsday Entertainment, Showbiz Software Stores, Film Radar, 22 Entertainment, Pura Casta Tequila, Stockfootageforfree.com, DGA, Laemmle Sunset 5 and Arthouse Marketing.

The 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival social interactive schedule is now live and can be viewed at http://hollyshorts2010.sched.org.

2010 HSFF OPENING NIGHT LINEUP—Thursday August 5, 2010 DGA Theatre

“The Butler’s In Love” is directed by David Arquette and features an all star cast including Thomas Jane (HBO’s Hung), Elizabeth Berkley (CSI Miami), Richmond Arquette (Zodiac), Jennifer Siebel (Something’s Gotta Give) and David Arquette. Based on a beautiful ‘absinthe era’ painting of the same name by renowned artist Mark Stock, the film tells the story of people longing for true love.

“HOSTAGE: A Love Story” stars Quinto, Roberta Valderrama (Valentine’s Day), Rachael Harris (The Hangover), and Brent Sexton (W.), and tells the story of how a Hostage and a hostage taker get dangerously close to one another.

Dick Van Dyke’s “The Caretaker 3D” was directed by Sean Isroelit, and written and produced by Jeffrey Amaral. Set in the late 1930’s, The Caretaker 3D is about the man who maintained the 4000 light bulbs which once outlined the HOLLYWOODLAND sign at night.

“Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis” is directed by Scot Bright and written by Damon Lindelof (Lost). The film stars Chris Hemsworth, George Segal, Lainie Kazan, Norman Reedus, Rachel Nichols, Samm Levine, and Zach Mills and is an off-the-wall comedy set around the dinner table. What at first glance seems like an awkward ‘meet the parents’ situation for Dade Klublershturf quickly turns into a game of cat and mouse between Nazis, his boy genius younger brother, Ollie, and a time machine (disguised as an Atari joy stick) the Nazis are trying to capture from him…

“Idiots” is directed by Katherine Coiro starring Zoe Saldana, Kate Bosworth, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Grunberg, Jason Lewis, Victor Webster and Bruce Cole A bartender. A regular. Two hot girls and two hot guys. What happens is anyone’s guess.

“Children of the Spider” Written, Directed and Produced by Jeff Vespa starring Mena Suvari. A chance encounter with a spider provides the mystical insight that inspires a woman to change her life.

“Despair” is directed by Alex Prager starring Bryce Dallas Howard. Producers Jeff Vespa, Rachel North, Jeremy Dawson, Executive Producers Jonathan Segal, Paul Fischer Director of Photography Matthew Libatique. Tells the story of a woman in a state of enchantment is compelled to enter a strange and powerful red door altering her life forever.

“Drunken History: Lincoln, Douglass” is directed Jeremy Konner presented and executive produced by Derek Waters starring Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle and is the story of how the friendship of Abraham Lincoln (Will Ferrell) and Fredrick Douglass (Don Cheadle) overcame the slavery movement and the racism that existed in their day. Mary Todd Lincoln (Zooey Deschanel) also stars in this epic re-telling of a true American story. Watch as Jen Kirkman has two bottles of wine and tells us the story.

“Red Princess Blues” written/directed by Alex Ferrari starring Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down, Kindergarden Cop) Rachel Grant (007 Die Another Day) Academy Award Nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Tabitha Morella (Two and 1/2 Men). In this twisted modern day fairy tale ZOE, a young teenage girl, is lured into an afterhours carnival tent by the sleazy rock n roll carnie RIMO, she then gets more then she bargained for. It is up to the mysterious PRINCESS, the star of the new knife show at ROSCOE’S FREAK SHOW & CARNIVAL to pull her out of the wolf’s den that she has fallen into.

About HollyShorts
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 30- minutes or less. For more information, please visit www.HollyShorts.com .

For 2010 HSFF FILM SCHEDULE, please go http://hollyshorts.com/main/category/news/.



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