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HOLLYSHORTS 8th (August 9-16, 2012) Calling for entries

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HollyShorts is now accepting submissions for the 8th installment of the HollyShorts Film Festival which takes place August 9-16, 2012 in Hollywood, CA. Since the festivals launch in 2005, HollyShorts has grown into the largest short form content film festival in Los Angeles.  HSFF is devoted to helping advance the careers of filmmakers with high level competition screenings, panels and networking events throughout the year--all culminating with an annual mega week-long festival each August. Festival sponsor Company 3 ( will award $30,000 in post-production and finishing services.  Of the CO3 prize packages, $10,000 goes to the HollyShorts Best Overall Short Film, and the HollyShorts Best Director Award wins $10,000 in post-production and finishing services package from Company 3.  $5,000 in post-production services will be awarded to both the Best Commercial and Best Music Video. 

Other top prizes include a $5,000 camera rental package courtesy of Martini Crew Booking for the Best Student award, a $5,000 production package courtesy of Moviola, and $5,000 in services from Greenhouse Studios.   Showbiz Store and Café will provide award winners with a software prize pack.

The HollyShorts Call For Entries asks for top submissions 30 minutes or less. Filmmakers can submit today via Withoutabox at or via  HollyShorts categories include Live Action, Animation, Student, Documentary, Music Videos, Web Series, and Commercials. For the first-time ever, the festival's organizers are also adding a new Trailer category to the competition.

Filmmakers worldwide are encouraged to submit early to capitalize on the February 10 Early Bird deadline. The HollyShorts regular deadline is April 13, and the late deadline is May 18.

HollyShorts has consistently drawn the participation from the major Hollywood production companies, distributors, studios, agencies and management companies.  This year's festival is slated to raise the bar even higher as the organizers are adding the first ever HollyShorts Film Market with the aim to secure distribution for the top in-competition short films.


HollyShorts distribution partners include but not limited to: Shorts HD, Indie Pix, FearNet, Constellation TV, Fun Little Movies, and Openfilm. The festival's winners are automatically eligible to be screened at HollyShorts program tracks at some of the top film festival's in the world. HollyShorts Global Festival Content Partners include: Media Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece), Soho Shorts (UK), Cinema Tous Ecran (Switzerland), among others.


The 2012 HollyShorts jury includes top level executives from such major companies as IM Global, Lionsgate, the Gersh Agency,  The Weinstein Company, Company 3, Sunnyfield Entertainment, Freestyle, The Edge, MGM, Chill Entertainment, Route 1 Films, Grindstone, Fearnet, Fangoria, Beast, Women in Film, International Cinematographer's Guild, Film LA, among others.


HollyShorts 2012 sponsors include Company 3, Shorts HD, Showbiz Store and Café, Martini Crew Booking, Dyal Productions, Moviola, Encore, Script Pipeline, Pop Chips, Greenhouse Studios, Euro Channel, Final Draft, Adobe, Film LA, h Magazine, Inktip, Leblon Caipirinhas, Yelp!, Film Courage, Stella Artois, Law Offices Of Paul Bautista, Constellation, Film Festivals APP,, SLS Hotel, Film Radar, Web TV Workshop, Fun Little Movies, 22 Entertainment and


HollyShorts top alumni include: Josh Brolin, Kirsten Dunst, Demi Moore, Kat Coiro, Neil Labute, Darren Lew, David Arquette, Eli Roth, Rick Rosenthal, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri, Jessica Biel, Malcolm Barrett, Carter Smith, Jason Biggs, David Pryor, Ben Lyons, Jimmy Jean Louis, Paula Garces, Adrian Grenier, David Lynch, Paul Haggis, Bragi Schut, Jamie Linden, David Weinstein, William Olssen, Nicholas McCarthy, Alex Ferrari, Larry Hankin, Lance Larson, John Thompson, Nick Carmen, Scott Porter, Derek Waters, Joel David Moore, Lance Larson, Mary Pat Bentel, Denis Hennelly, Richard Riehle, James Franco, and many, many other top filmmakers.


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


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Co-founders and co-festival directors: Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont

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Early: $35 Animation, Live Action, Documentary, Student* (at office by 2/10/12)

Regular: $45 Animation, Live Action, Documentary ,Student* (at office by 4/13/12)

Late: $55 Animation, Live Action, Documentary, Student*  (at office by 5/18/12)

Late WAB: $70 Animation, Live Action, Documentary, Student*  (at office by 6/1/12)

Commercial, Webisode,  Music Video, Trailer submissions

Early: $35 (at office by 2/10/12)

Regular: $35 (at office by 4/13/12)

Late: $45 (at office by 5/18/12)

Late WAB: $60 (at office by 6/1/12)



Submissions can now be completed directly online by visiting or by submitting on Withoutabox directly at http://http//

Submissions must be 30 minutes or less. Categories include Live Action, Animation, Documentary, Student, Webisode and Music Video.

HollyShorts also has a discounted category for student projects. Deadlines to submit U.S. and International short films for the 2012 HollyShorts Film Festival are:

Call for entries deadlines:

Early bird Deadline:  Feb. 10, 2012
Regular Deadline:    April 13, 2012
Late Deadline:         May 18, 2012
WAB Extended:        June 1, 2012 

The submission link and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2011 HollyShorts Film Festival are available on the HollyShorts Film Festival website at Information is also available through the HollyShorts hotline at 818-760-9897, by email to


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