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7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI

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7TH
ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO
HONOR ACCLAIMED PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND
FRANCESCA SILVESTRI WITH INAUGURAL MAVERICK PRODUCERS AWARD

 

 

Hollywood -The organizers of HollyShorts (www.hollyshorts.com) announced today that
the 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival will kick off by honoring the
award-winning production team of Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri with the inaugural
HollyShorts Maverick Producer’s Award for their significant contributions to
indie filmmaking and their ground-breaking short film projects. The presentation
will take place during the HollyShorts opening night celebration that will be
held Thursday August 11 at the Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome.  

 

As part of the presentation, HollyShorts will showcase
a collection of acclaimed shorts from Chinoy and Silvestri’s film library
including:

 

·        
Kristen
Kiwi Smith’s “The Spleendectomy,” starring Anna Faris, Ron Livingston, and
Octavia Spencer.

·        
Jennifer
Aniston and Andrea Buchanan’s “Room 10,” starring Robin Wright, Kris
Kristofferson, Brooke D’Orsay, and Leonardo Nam.

·        
Jennifer
Aniston’s “Free Burma,” starring Aniston and Woody Harrelson

·        
Rachel
Weisz’s “The Thief,” starring Joel Edgerton, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mike
Randleman.

·        
Sean
Baker, Spencer Chinoy, and Dan Milano’s hit IFC’s
original hit series “Greg The Bunny”

·        
Kate
Hudson’s “Cutlass,” starring Dakota Fanning, Virgina Madsen, Kurt Russell, and
Kirsten Stewart

 

In
addition to the awards and short film showcase, Chinoy and Silvestri will headline
a super panel discussing the state of the industry, which will also include Kristen
“Kiwi” Smith, Dan Milano, Spencer Chinoy and Sean Baker.

 

In 2009
the festival awarded filmmaker Eli Roth with its Indie Maverick Award for his
acclaimed work as a director. The 7th Annual HollyShorts Film
Festival takes place August 11-18 in various locations throughout Hollywood. The HollyShorts
opening night celebration will feature a series of additional short films,
special awards, and Q&A’s with the filmmakers and special VIP reception. HollyShorts will announce the full opening
night lineup in July with additional short film projects.

 

Co-founders and co-directors Daniel Sol and Theo
Dumont said in a joint statement:  “It is
an honor to present the first-ever Maverick Producers Award to Kevin Chinoy and
Francesca Silvestri, two pioneers in the indie film landscape who continue to
break the mold and create high quality and entertaining projects. We can’t wait
for our filmmakers and audiences to experience a tremendous opening night
celebration and weeklong program of screenings, parties, panels and more!”

 

Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri commented: “We are
flattered that Daniel and Theo are honoring us with this award. As fans of the
short film form, we are supportive of the HollyShorts Film Festival and look
forward to a fun night.”

 

As principal’s of the LA-based production
company Freestyle, Chinoy and Silvestri have been on the fast track. They are currently
in production on “Project Five,” a Lifetime original movie directed by Jennifer
Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Penelope Spheeris, and Patty Jenkins, which
features an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer
on people’s lives, for Sony Pictures TV. This summer they will kick off the
sixth season of the Glamour Magazine Reel Moments project, in which they will
give three new women a chance to direct a short film (launched in 2005, they
have previously produced 17 shorts as a part of this project and given
directorial debuts to actors Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst,
Bryce Dallas Howard, Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Trudie Styler,
Rachel Weisz and Rita Wilson, and to writers Jenny Bicks, Carol Leifer, and
Kiwi Smith).  
This Fall, as a part of Canon’s “Project Imagin8ion,” Kevin and
Francesca will team with Ron Howard to produce the first user-generated photo
contest to serve as the foundation for a Hollywood short film, to be directed
by Bryce Dallas Howard and shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras and lenses.  
 
  

For
the past 7 years, HollyShorts Film Festival has featured participation from the
top filmmakers and artists in the world including: James Caan, Paul Haggis,
David Lynch, Josh Brolin, Jessica Biel, David Arquette, Jane Lynch, Jimmy
Jean-Louis, Jason Biggs, John Dahl, Darren Lew, Malcolm Barrett, Demi Moore,
Kirsten Dunst, Scott Porter, Joel David Moore, Carter Smith and many more and
the tradition continues with this incarnation of the most anticipated short
film event of the year.

 

Ranked by MovieMaker Magazine as “one of
the top film festivals worth the entry fee,” HollyShorts 2011 will feature over
200 of the top short films, music videos, web series, spec commercials and
feature films from around the globe.  
Tickets
for the 2011 HollyShorts Film Festival opening night at the Arclight Hollywood
Cinerama Dome are on sale today and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com (ADD DIRECT LINK) or www.hollyshorts.com. Tickets for the
entire week of the festival go on sale July 6.

 

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.

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CONTACT

Theo Dumont/Daniel
Sol

818-760-9897

Dumont Marketing PR

theo@dumontmarketing.com

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(Hollyshorts)

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