If you’re a fan of film festivals this is one to keep on your radars. I’ve never been much of a short film fan (I always want more content, more story) until this festival. This is the 10th year for the HollyShorts Film Festival which was also named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry” by Filmmaker Magazine. Rightfully so, as the quality of programming is top notch and full of surprises.
This years festival took place at the TCL Chinese Theaters (previously known as Grauman’s) August 14- 23,2014 in Hollywood, California. This was my first year attending the festival; this is just some of the elements I noticed:
– The quality of films and filmmakers were very impressive. As with any festival, some shorts can be hit or miss (there was a some duds thrown in there) but overall, very impressive. On opening night, the standout films for this reviewer were “Satellite Beach“, “Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow” and “Inside the Box“.
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Check out all the film listings here.
– It’s in Hollywood! Some of the celebrities that turned out were fun to recognize and approachable. Most were very gracious and entertaining to speak with.
– Sponsors. The line up was equally impressive which for festivals can make or break the festival. Sponsors for 2014 include The Roosevelt Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatres, Shutterstock, Monster Energy Drinks, Final Draft and many more. Check out the complete listing here. Which leads me to…
– The Parties. This is a long festival which leaves plenty of room for parties and networking which, in addition to watching films, the highlight of any festivals.I was able to catch a few of them and from what I attended, kudos to the HollyShorts staff for putting on such a classy top-notch event.
– The seminars. The educational track of this festival offers topics from the state of the industry to documentaries to social media. Film enthusiasts and filmmakers alike benefit from this type programming.
Overall, this will be a festival I make a point of attending each year going forward. Mark your calendars for 2015 as this is a must attend festival for any movie lover.