Hollyshorts to open with Russo Brothers (Captain America) Visionary Award and Luke Wilson's short "Satellite Beach"



July 29, 2014 Hollywood---The organizers of the upcoming 10th Anniversary edition of the HollyShorts Film Festival are kicking off the 10 day event by honoring fest alumni brothers Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) with the HollyShorts Visionary Award on opening night. In addition, on opening night, HollyShorts will premiere Luke Wilson’s Award-winning short film Satellite Beach, which follows the unique journey of the Endeavor space shuttle as it travels through the streets of LA and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. The festival and Film Conference take place August 14-23 at the TCL Chinese Theater and Roosevelt Hotel. Erin Darling from AMC Movie Talk will host HollyShorts opening night.



The Russo Brothers, who are confirmed to direct the third installment of Captain America for Marvel, which will hit theaters May 2016, originally made their mark as indie filmmakers and later went on to direct and produce shows like Arrested Development and Community. Captain America: The Winter Soldierhad a $95 million debut earlier this year and has earned $712 million worldwide. The film will be released via Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD on September 9, 2014. Through the years they’ve helped inspire young filmmakers at HollyShorts by participating in a number of panel discussions and workshops.

"Satellite Beach" was Written and Directed by Luke Wilson and his brother Andrew Wilson. The film was shot during Endeavor’s actual move through the streets of Los Angeles. The film was produced by Steve Eckleman, Christopher Mallick, and co-produced by Peter Mergus, Christy Taylor Barnes and Larry Chavana. The film has won a number of Awards including Santa Barbara International Film Festival- The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes, High Desert International Film Festival- Winner for Best Actor- Luke Wilson, Winner for Best Screenplay, Winner for Best Live Drama, Knoxville Film and Music Festival- Best Short Film.

Commented HollyShorts founders and directors Theo Dumont and Daniel Sol: “We are proud to present the Joe and Anthony Russo with the 2014 HollyShorts Visionary Award on opening night, we’ve seen their meteoric ascent through the years and what’s special about them is how they always look to inspire the next generation of filmmakers and that’s what our festival is all about. We are equally thrilled to showcase Luke Wilson’s incredible short film Satellite Beach, which has been making headlines across the country at some of the best festivals.”

The full HollyShorts program with all official selections will be posted later this week. This year, HollyShorts has achieved records across the board. Starting with it’s famed monthly screening series which expanded beyond Los Angeles and into Miami, Austin and New York, the festival received well over 1600 submissions for the August mega-festival. The organizers have accepted and programed a fest record 400 short movies. Filmmakers from Canada, France, Spain, Mexico, the UK, Italy, Haiti, UK, Ireland, Israel, South Africa will transcend to Hollywood in the coming weeks all for HollyShorts. Film schools such as USC, UCLA, Chapman, Florida State, NYU, Columbia, Tisch Asia, NYFA and AFI are all represented with official selections.

HollyShorts is also awarding nearly $200,000 worth of production and scholarship prizes. Company 3 is awarding $45,000 in Post-Production Services including $15,000 for the Best Short, $10,000 For Best Director, $10,000 for Best Cinematographer $5,000 For Best Music Video and $5,000 in Post services for Best Commercial. Method Studios will award a $10,000 Post-Production Services Prize for Best VFX. Latino Art Beat (LAB) and HollyShorts Youth Film Competition celebrating young filmmakers’ will award the winning young filmmaker a $40,000 scholarship prize to attend The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). Sponsors also include UCLA Extension, NYFA, ShortsHD among others.

Last week the organizers unveiled the HollyShorts 2014 Jury, which can be seen here -- hollyshorts.com/festival/festival-archive/2014-jury .

HollyShorts opening night tickets are currently available at hollyshorts.com. All access passes are also available.

About HollyShorts

HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information please visit hollyshorts.com.





07.29.14