Sunday, December 30, 2007

HollyShorts Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions!

Call for entries for the 4th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) begins on Monday, January 14, 2008. Filmmakers from around the globe are encouraged to submit their short films, all genres, 30 minutes and under to HollyShorts, one of the fastest growing festivals in the US and the premiere short film event in Hollywood, CA. Student submissions receive a $5 discount on WAB. Submissions will be accepted through The 4th annual HollyShorts Film Festival takes place August 7-10, 2008 in Hollywood.

The third annual HollyShorts was a record breaking event, drawing over $26,000 in prizes awarded. Best Short film honors went to “Songbird” Directed by John Thompson. Thompson was awarded a one week audio rental package courtesy of Action Audio and Visual, featuring sound and communications equipment rentals to utilize for his next film project. The event featured Actor Adrian Grenier’s short film “Euthanasia,” a DJ performance from the legendary hip hop DJ Biz Markie and 57 short films in competition.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Call for entries for the Haydenfilms 4.0 Online Film Festival!

Our good friends over at Hayden Films have some good news for the holidays!

Dear friends in the Film Industry:,

Call for entries for the Fourth Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival! Student and independent filmmakers can submit their short films for the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize! All genres will be accepted for review, including animation, experimental, and documentary.

Complete rules here:

On Jan 10th, 2008 - Haydenfilms will be honoring our final four filmmakers, whose films will be chosen as per your votes from our online film festival, at the prestigious Director's Guild of America Theater in New York City. Following a wonderful networking party with film industry professionals, including cocktails and hor'derves, their films will be showcased on the big screen, at our Season Three Awards Ceremony.

The event will also showcase Michael Attardi's short animated film, starring Jim Belushi and Tim Curry called "Once Upon a Christmas Village" has won at the Festival De Cannes, South Africa, Florence, New York, Boston, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Houston and Wales. He also won 11 Telly Awards, 4 Accolade Awards, 7 Aurora Awards and 7 Davey Awards. The film has qualified for the Academy Awards in the Short Animated Film Category and has shattered the all-time film festival award record with 66 awards. .... Feel free to forward !

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Haydenfilms Season Two Awards Ceremony Photos:


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The KILLER short film on FEARNET

2007 HollyShorts Film Festival Short Film THE KILLER, Dir. by David Nelson, is on Read below!

We are proud to announce that THE KILLER has finally been released on!

In its first year since exhibition, THE KILLER has been included in
over 15
major film festivals, been chosen twice for opening night
twice as a specially invited festival selection and won a nomination
Best Actress.

It stars Mrs. Michael Learned, 4 time Emmy winner, and Miguel Sandoval,
currently starring on "Medium".

Fearnet channel, a conglomeration of Lions Gate, Sony and Comcast, has
optioned the THE KILLER to air on their website and, possibly, Direct
channel. In two weeks the film has already received close to one

You can find it at...

If you enjoy it, please let others know.

Happy Holidays and I hope this finds you well!

David A. Nelson

Sunday, October 14, 2007

H Magazine HollyShorts '07 Winners feature story


Coming Up Next:
Jessica James & Charlie Weirauch
At this year’s HollyShort’s Short Film Festival, the winners for best actor and actress were, respectively Charlie Weirauch and Jessica James. The festival showcased 57 films, all less than 30 minutes in length. Sponsors raised $26,000 in prize money for award winning participants.

words by D. Heimpel
photo by Robert Todd Williamson

“And no, I’m not a porn star,” says Jessica James,

miffed that her given name was chosen by an adult actress and pops up all over the Internet. But her second film, Small Jeans, is, at moments, very sexual if not sexy.
In the film, James plays a slightly lost coffee shop attendant who has a penchant for drugs and goes as far as to give her dealer a blowjob to get them. But the thing that drives her the most crazy throughout the film is a pre-occupation with getting into a pair of too-tight jeans. Jeans she bought to spite a boyfriend who was flirting with a “size one” salesgirl while Jessica’s character, Zoë, wrangles with the unforgiving denim.
“The jeans for Zoë were sort of a way for her to channel frustrations. They weren’t as big as what she was going through. They are a fun centerpiece. We all have that pair of jeans we obsess over.”
Jessica can sympathize with Zoë, and in fact director Julian West wrote the character around her.
“There is a lot of me in Zoë. When Julian and I first met around, when I was like 17 or 18, I was a couple of choices away from being very similar to Zoë. Most girls can relate. When friends watch the movie they say I know that person.”
And with only two short films under her belt, films that came out within the last year, being the muse of a director is something she doesn’t take lightly. While Jessica hasn’t had a long career in front of the camera she has spent the better part of the past ten preparing herself for it.
Born in Southern CA, Jessica never thought she would end up an actress.
“I always thought I was going to be an astronaut, a judge or a fairy. But then I realized I wasn’t that interested in space or pixie dust.”
Regardless of her childhood aspirations, Jessica traveled to New York where she studied at the Atlantic Theatre Co. At 17 she moved back to Los Angeles where she first worked as an intern in casting and then as a director’s assistant.
But now she is out in the big bad world of L.A. acting. She’s still looking for an agent, but she did find her current boyfriend in acting class.

In Wilbur, Charlie Weirauch plays an abysmally lonely, stuttering, muttering man stuck in a small English village (Griffith Park and a back lot at Universal).

He spends his days making wedding cakes and his nights dodging his mother’s pestering while dreaming of love. He is so desperate that he sends away for a mysterious bean.
He nurtures it, waters it, coddles it - all the while hiding it from his disapproving mother.
“I’ve never gotten to play a character like that,” Charlie says while reclining in the h Magazine studios after a photo shoot. “I’ve played Brits before but this is something unique that I hadn’t had the chance to do.”
But by the HollyShorts festival panel’s estimation he took to it. An award like this, his first, is a far cry from Charlie’s start.
“I was drunk sitting on a couch at my frat,” he says. He had a speech requirement to fulfill as part of his GE requirements at Indiana University. A way out of it was to act. His frat brothers told him to, and he went for it.
He liked it and continued in the school’s theatre. He knew he was good but kept on telling himself maybe he was just good for college.
After school he went to New York and worked in commercials and the theatre scene. ”Then I thought maybe I’m just good for New York.”
In 2000, he thought he was good enough and came to California. Since then he’s been on commercials, has acted with the Groundlings and works at the Improv Olympic every week.
He says that when he came across the script for Wilbur he was intrigued, “For the most part I go out for TV so that is unheard of,” he says of playing a slow-witted Englishman who falls in love with a bean.
“It was really well written and as soon as I met Dago [Rodriguez], the director, he had a calming effect. It turned out I made the right choice.”
And with the HollyShorts win, Charlie did make the right choice.
In the film, Charlie’s character ends up winning as well. The love-fed bean grows into an (initially) malformed bride, who, as Wilbur plies it with more love, becomes a normal… ish woman.
The real Charlie is already married and won’t be mail ordering bean brides. “But I’m all for it,” he says.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Los Angeles Times

Weekend Calendar
Page E11
Screening Room

Every Second Counts at Hollyshorts Festival

By Susan King
Times Staff Writer

Think today’s movies are far too long and outstay their welcome? Believe a film is sweeter the shorter it is?

Then the Hollyshorts Film Festival, which takes place Friday through Sunday at Nacional in L.A. and Cinespace in Hollywood, is just the ticket. Though a few of the films are more than 20 minutes apiece, several are less than five minutes. The third annual festival opens with “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier’s 17-minute horror comedy “Euthanasia,” which he also wrote.

Hollyshorts received 500 submissions this year, of which 60 were selected, including films from Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico , Romania, Spain, and Singapore. Thirteen of the films are in competition in the best student short film category and were chosen from such local schools as the American Film Institute and art center College of Design.

Hollyshorts Film Festival

“Euthanasia”: 7p.m. Friday, Nacional; festival continues Saturday and Sunday at Cinespace,

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Mt. San Antonio College MOUNTAINEER


Indie Beat

Elizabeth Steele

A&E Editor

By: Elizabeth Steele

In a city where the only thing most anyone involved in the entertainment business wants is to be recognized for their cinematic work, where actors are a dime a dozen and everyone has "the best script," festivals are being created to bring together people with common goals and desires.Los Angeles is known for its cinematic achievements in Hollywood. However, more people are looking towards a lesser known field of cinema, the independent films, the labors of love. Independent Films in their purest form are usually low-budget (meaning at least half the cost of Hollywood films) and directed in small studios. More recently many large companies such as Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics are producing low-budget films to appease the growing desire for more artistic, human interest movies. Directors can keep their creative vision though out filming to keep their intent from being tampered with by producers. Not only are independent filmmakers finding a place to showcase their talents, short films are also gaining worldwide attention.In a city of high budget film making, two friends came together to help people showcase their passion, an otherwise rarely noticed passion, short independent films. Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont met years ago and came up with the idea of an independent short film festival based on their own passions, the HollyShorts Short Film Festival. The festival is a place where people from all over the world, in all stages in life can show their work, but especially students who otherwise have no place to be recognized. "The initial idea was that this would be a student centered festival." Sol said. "We want to add and entice more students to join. This year is focusing more on student films."Knowing that untapped talent needed a place to be seen, Sol knew it would gain appreciation, and attention, he said. In its third year the festival is already gaining some star power. Adrian Grenier, who plays Vincent Grenier on the HBO series Entourage, will use the Third Annual HollyShorts Festival for the Hollywood premier of his film "Euthanasia."The idea for a short film festival sprouted from Sol and Dumont's passion for film. "The positive thing is we are hands on with what we are doing. I love doing this. Everyone involved enjoys it. We care about it." Sol said. They wanted to give the festival a shot. Keep things simple. And they would see where it went from there, Sol said.The last two festivals showcased some of the world's best 30 minuet and under short films to sold-out crowds. Sol wants the festival to bring people with common goals together. According to Sol, he and Dumont strive to "advance the careers of filmmakers globally and showcase great short film projects." This year's festival is scheduled Aug. 10-12. Regular deadline for submissions into the film festival is April 27. The late deadline is May 25. Students get $5 off any submission. All shorts must be under 30 minuets. Categories include Short Live Action. Short Animation, Short Documentary, and Student Short. To submit to the HollyShorts Short Film Festival please go to Or for more information about the festival go to Along with an annual festival Sol and Dumont also PRESENT monthly screenings of short films. At the end of the month, usually on Thursdays, the Cinespace Digital Superclub in Hollywood brings together an upscale restaurant and bar and a movie screening room. During a typical night five or six short films are shown during September to June months, leaving July and August dedicated to preparing for the film festival. It is an open submission showcase.
© Copyright 2007 The Mountaineer

Thursday, July 12, 2007

HollyShorts On FIN Panel

Los Angeles---On Sunday, July 8 Daniel Sol, HollyShorts Festival Director and Co-founder spoke on the Film Industry Network (FIN) panel titled "Award Winning Directors: The Short Films", which took place at Sony Studios.
Film Industry Network (or FIN for short) is a non-profit networking community comprised of individuals from all facets of the entertainment industry.
FIN provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere where individuals can make key contacts, develop solid industry relationships, exchange vital resources and take advantage of real networking opportunities. Our goal is to create an organization that truly supports the goals and careers of its members.
Offering more than just a snack and a guest speaker, FIN hosts terrific panels as well as a variety of valuable programs like: -Yearly Screenplay Competition -Mentorship program -And More.
FIN provides real networking opportunities, so come to the next FIN meeting and network your tail off.

HollyShorts 2007 Schedule Announced!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Opening Night Hollywood Premiere of Adrian Grenier’s “Euthanasia”Nacional (1645 Wilcox Ave)7:00pm-10pm
Red Carpet arrivals 7pmEuthanasia (Official Opening Film)Directed by Adrian GrenierUSA│17:00│Dark ComedyA coming of age dark comedy, which tells the story of Sam and Becky, an unfortunate accident forces them to grow too quickly and make some hard decisions about life and death.

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Cinespace Digital Superclub (6356 Hollywood Blvd)Lunch reservations recommended (323.817.FILM)


The Trainee

Directed by Craig RosenthalSingapore│ 8:00 │Comedy

A ‘trainee robber’ tries to hold up a 24-hour convenience store with hilarious consequences.

Girl Stars: Anita the Beekeeper

Directed by Vikash NowlakhaIndia│7:30│Documentary

Anita Kumari is a beekeeper in Bihar, India. When Anita was young, her parents did not want her to go to school, but Anita longed so much to go to school that she knew she had to find a way to pay for her education. Anita saw men in her village-keeping bees and decided to give it a try.

Live Love Work Play

Directed by Thomas AtanazioBrazil│5:00│Comedy

You have the power to change. Do what you believe and you will end up where you belong.

Freaks of Laughter

Directed by Jim GrollmanUSA│23:00│Documentary

Life can be serious business in some of the tougher sections surrounding LosAngeles. Some turn to drugs, others to crime and still others turn to Stand-Up Comedy. FREAKS OF LAUGHTER tells their story and the students who turned their life around. Cerritos Community College is the only Community College in California to offer an accredited class in Stand-up Comedy.

He Works in a Suit

Directed by Robert DaviesAustralia│7:00│ThrillerTwo strangers meet on the open road, both harbouring a different objective but unknowingly sharing the same destiny. online festival winner



Directed by Jackie LiaoUSA│5:20│Student-Animation

For a kid growing up in the suburbs, the truth can lie at the bottom of a fish tank.Life is just like dandelions. When the wind comes, they leave, but they won’t disappear. They are just going to a new place to start a new life…


Directed by Rob MeyerUSA│17:00│Student: Comedy

For a kid growing up in the suburbs, the truth can lie at the bottom of a fish tank.

Der Ostwind

Directed by Kohl GlassUSA│10:40│Student: Drama

In search of a worthy opponent, a German WWI ace accepts the challenge of a mysterious and seemingly invincible American pilot—only to discover the true price of honor.


Directed by Velvet Andrews SmithUSA│18:50│Drama

There are thieves among us… and then there are expert thieves. A charismatic criminal is on his way to becoming the most prolific bank robber in history. But a brilliant detective is determined to catch him. It’s only a matter of time before the two find themselves face to face - and they finally meet their match.


Directed by Alex FerrariUSA│5:00│Thriller

Cynthia, a young woman who is taken away by two psychopaths (Mr. Sugar and Otto) in the middle of the night to an old abandoned kindergarden. Cyn quickly turns the tables on them and soon the night becomes a cat and mouse mind game. While this drama is unfolding a lone figure watches from a close circuit monitor. Who is Cynthia and what the hell is going on in this twisted tale? World Premiere.

Women Against Domestic Violence

Directed by Jennava LaskaUSA│1:30 │Student: Educational

A PSA that shows the side of domestic violence that may not be seen to the naked eye.


Downwinders: The People of Parowan

Directed by Jake WhiteUSA│25:30│Documentary

An intimate look at the effects of nuclear weapons testing. The resulting damage and deaths have become a legacy for many southern Utah towns - including Parowan. The strength and will of the people to restore their community is an inspiring testament of the human spirit.


Directed by John ThompsonUSA│6:00│Student: Drama

A Gothic tale about a trapped housewife who breaks free from her overbearing husband with a very dull meat cleaver.

The Red Balloon

Directed by Michael OlesenUSA│3:34│Student: Drama

A young boy enlists the help of a balloon seller to send birthday wishes to his Mom - in the only way he knows how. A simple story of loss and longing.The FifthDirected by Ryan LevinUSA│14:00│ComedyFour friends struggle to find a fifth player for their weekly poker game.

The Frank Anderson

Directed by Dave Perkal, Written by Orit SchwartzUSA│12:53│ComedyFrank Anderson (Richard Riehle) has man-boobs. Insurance agent John Simon (Stephen Root) denies Frank’s reduction while approving Bobbie Lynn (Elena Lyons), enlargements. Dr. Brice (Jane Lynch), explains to John why he should approve the procedure, while strongly admiring his man-boobs. Frank and Bobbie hook up, pushing John to consult with Dr. Seales (Romy Rosemont) into getting a set.

3:00-3:30pm: Super Panel



Directed by Kirsten Strom

USA│16:16│Student: Drama

On a stormy afternoon, Avis dreams of becoming a blackbird.

The 1,000 Sides of the Moon

Directed by Varda HardyUSA│2:20│Drama

This poetic evocation calls us to see the depth of reality in our everyday world.

I Hate Musicals

Directed by Stewart SchillUSA│20:00│Comedy

A guy who hates musicals, is cursed to sing them.

The Sandman

Directed by Rich RagsdaleUSA│5:05│Drama

This short is a re-telling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of ‘The Sandman’, and how the story inspired Sigmund Freud’s theory of ‘The Uncanny’. The film was created in the style of early German expressionist cinema.

Who Makes Movies?

Directed by Christopher LuccyUSA│4:44│Student: Comedy

continuation of the MPAA’s campaign against the illegal piracy of movies. In this installment, fluffer Randy Palmer discusses what piracy means to man with Hollywood in the palm of his hand.

Stone Savior

Directed by James MartinchekUSA│2:00│Student Animation

Devotion Will Forever Overcome Destruction.

Joseph Henry

Directed by Phil AlloccoUSA│12:30│Drama

Thoughts are only as real as you think they are.

69 Cents

Directed by Michael FitzgeraldUSA│5:00 │Student: Comedy

When two men having bad days collide in a liquor store, comedy ensues.


Sexy Thing

Directed by Denie PentecostAustralia│14:00│Student: Drama

On a dry suburban day, a 12 year old is caught between the conflicting worlds of family, friendship and imagination. Struggling to endure a confusing love, and longing simply to be seen, the child survives by transforming pain into beauty.

When We Were Bengs

Directed by Alaric TaySingapore│12:00│Comedy

Two mischevious brothers. One very suave bad gangster. Somebody is going to get a good beating…

The Shift

Directed by Chuck ParkerUSA│21:00│Drama

Who does a 9-1-1 Operator call when he has a problem? Jimmy Callahan is having a bad night in the Police Communications Center, his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, his Supervisor is threatening to fire him and the phone won’t stop ringing. Jimmy feels like he is drowning, but finds comfort in the voice of one caller.


Directed by Kun-I ChangUSA│5:00│Student: Animation

A film which utilizes captivating motion graphic images to tell a sparse yet lush story about a man who sees himself as a wall of graffiti.


Directed by Jason RobertsUSA│12:55│Thriller

An adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’.

The Killer

Directed by David NelsonUSA│8:31│Comedy

The Killer may have finally found a place to rest

Sunday, August 12, 2007
Cinespace Digital Superclub (6356 Hollywood Blvd)Lunch reservations recommended (323.817.FILM)

12:00-1:00pm online festival winner


Directed by Illegal ArtistsMexico│8:32 │Drama

Jorge and Javier Aguilera, are brothers from Mexico City, who have beenco-directing films and television commercials for the past eight years. They are the founders of the directing collective Illegal Artists. 5:55, is the second of two short films they have directed together. Last year, the brothers completed a ten-minute film called “Round 5” which was a festival favorite and the opening short film for the 2nd annual HollyShorts Film Festival. Their first feature film together is a live action adaptation of the Japanese Anime “Kite”, which is set to go into production in Fall 2007.

Fortune Hunter

Directed by Thom HarpUSA│20:00│Comedy

When Arthur, a writer at a fortune cookie factory, accidentally sends a love letter to his ex-girlfriend into the printing press, suddenly every cookie at every restaurant reveals a piece of his broken heart.


Directed by Andrew WatsonUSA│ 2:59│ Experimental/Music Video

Bill Madden brings the worlds of film and music together with a metaphorical environmental warning alert. This compelling video raises questions, fusing art, social commentary, and music to spark debate on what it means to be alive and grapple with the consequences of environmental change. The video communicates the need to reverse the effects of climate change while there’s still time. The film is directed by Andrew Watson of Current TV, an interactive cable TV channel founded by Al Gore

Once Upon a Christmas Village

Directed by Michael AttardiUSA│15:00│Animation

timeless tale of love, a leap of faith and transformation, featuring various village characters that embody the archetypes of good and evil battling over what force will control their village and save the magic of Christmas. selection


Tomoko’s Kitchen

Directed by Shawna BacaUSA│17:15│Dramedy

When an apartment building’s security doors malfunction, a group of disparate residents discover how oven-fresh cinnamon rolls can change destinies.

When I Grow Up

Directed by Michelle MeekerUSA│6:39│Animation

Juxtaposes the boundless ambition of youthful expectations with the unpredictable, and sometimes tragic realities we end up living. An international team of 12 artists each bring their unique visions to a series of interviews with children and elders.


Directed by Tony WestUSA│22:40│Comedy

When a young dart prodigy upstages his daddy days before the big tourney, a conflict is born the likes of which Dartsville ain’t ever seen.

Morbid Curiosity

Directed by Cindy BaerUSA│5:30│Comedy

What would happen if your deepest, darkest thoughts came true, just by thinking them? In this dark comedy, a woman’s videotaped confession reveals a lifelong struggle to control her deadly ability.

The Drill

Directed by Joel DavenportUSA│14:59│Student: Drama

During a 1950’s citywide nuclear drill, three gradeschool boys learn to come to terms with the era in which they live.


Red Balloon

Directed by Justin LibermanUSA│15:00│Drama

World Premiere of acclaimed director Justin Liberman’s latest project. Liberman studied under acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann for two years before making his award-winning directorial debut with “Y Nada Mas,” which opened the first annual HollyShorts Film Festival in 2005. “Y Nada Mas” was selected by Tribeca, swept Best Cinematography at the 2006 Malibu International Film Festival, and was an Official Selection to eight other international film festivals. Heavily influenced by such filmmakers as Francois Truffaut and Terrence Malick, Liberman’s sense of realism and portraiture was felt in his French New Wave cinema-influenced “Pretty Dead Flowers” which was featured at last year’s HollyShorts Film Festival.

Small Jeans

Directed by Julian WestUSA│16:00│Dramedy

‘Zoe discovers that before you can save the world, you probably haveto save yourself.’


Directed by Cristian PozoSpain│20:00│Drama

An underground love story. online festival winner

Alex Scott: A Stand For Hope

Directed by Larry MendteUSA│23:40 │Documentary

Thousands of children may live cancer free one day because Alex Scott lived. A little girl with a dream and a lemonade stand can do amazing things.

3:50pm-4:20pm: Superpanel


The Maxwell Multiple Climax

Directed by Brandon MaxwellUSA│29:36│Experimental

The Maxwell Multiple Climax is an epic instructional film with a mod retro-style that teaches men how to achieve multiple orgasms.

Twitch (OurStage May Winner)

Directed by Leah MeyerhoffUSA│10:00│Drama

A young girl fears her mother’s disability is contagious. Slamdance Grand Jury Prize winner and Student Academy Awards finalist.

Y Que Cumplas Muchos Mas

Directed by David AlcaldeSpain│13:00│Thriller

Horror in disguise of a social drama, a lot of blood and some birthday cake!

Honey I’m Home

Directed by David BraninUSA│5:34│

He cheated, she knows. World Premiere.


The Oates’ Valor

Directed by Timothy CahillUSA│13:30│Drama

Fourth chair trombonist, Boyson Oates, bends to his father’s will and quits the marching band to join the high school ROTC squad. After a failed attempt to run away with his neighborhood girlfriend, Boyson rolls the dice at reconciliation with his father.

Sam and Piccolo

Directed by Adam WalkerUSA│14:53│Animation

Everything is perfect in the isolated world of two friends until one is overcome by blinding greed.

Kabul Girls Club

Directed by Johnson McKelvyUSA│25:16│Documentary

The brave young women of Kabul struggle to form Afghanistan’s first women’s soccer league.

3 Pes Acima da Terra (3 Feet Above the Ground)

Directed by Andre DoriaBrazil│6:35 │ThrillerThe Sexually disturbed behavior of a married woman is captured by a camera 3 feet above the ground.


Directed by Dago RodriguezUSA│20:01│Student: Comedy

In an off-centered town north of London, In an orb about ten feet above ours, exists Wilbur. Baker extraordinare. Stutterer supreme. Unfortunately, for this thirty-something man, women are not flocking Love is his only escape… will he ever be free? In comes a little green package… in it, “the bean”…not just your ordinary bean, but a mail order bean that grows into something that promises to make Wilbur’s dreams come true…

Last Day of December

Directed by Bogdan ApetriUSA│15:00│Student: Drama

A man returns home to confront his past in this chilling tale.

Sarah & Dee

Directed by Karen Dee CarpenterUSA│19:47│Student: Drama

When you’re a kid they tell you that you can be anything you want. They lied.

Stomping Grounds

Directed by Rob SchroederUSA│22:00│Documentary

the story of a pioneering emcee, the Diabolical Biz Markie, and the places that made him…him. Spanning his childhood and early recording years, Biz takes us on a tour of his Stomping Grounds, showing us his favorite spots and revealing the many geographical influences and personalities that made this artist truly a one of a kind individual.
7:30pm: HollyShorts Awards
8-9pm: Awards after party

Advanced Tickets Available for Purchase by visiting: News

Plan B
Adrian Grenier's plot to skip the gymAdrian Grenier's short but not-so-sweet film 'Euthanasia' will be the opening night film for Hollyshorts, a short film festival celebrating it's third year in August. "Adrian Grenier is multitalented and has quickly been gaining tremendous respect as a director," said the festival's director Daniel Sol. This will be the Hollywood premiere for the coming-of-age story about two young girls who grow up fast when an afternoon joy ride turns gloomy. Grenier told Time Out recently what he liked about helming: "For me, directing is another skill to support myself if this whole acting thing doesn't work out. You also don't have to be fit and trim to be a director. Or go to the gym as much." (photo: Lester Cohen/

IFA Newsletter

Adrian Grenier's Euthanasia to Premiere at HollyShorts Short Film Festival HollyShorts Short Film Festival - August 10-12, 2007

Volume 90
o Adrian Grenier's Euthanasia to Premiere at HollyShorts Short Film Festival

A few weeks back, IFA delivered a sampling of some of the best and brightest of nation-wide film festivals. Our list was by no means complete and to prove that fact we present to you a fest that we missed on the last go round. Say hello to HollyShorts, Short Film Festival located right here in downtown Hollywood.HollyShorts Short Film Festival is a celebration of the best of 30 minute and under short film submissions from around the world. Dedicated to providing its applicants and attendees with a forum for filmmaking discussion and an ever increasing industry networking web, HollyShorts takes submissions for four months - from February to May. After some deliberation and, unfortunately, elimination, the festival runs the top submissions in early August. This year, the 2007 Fest will run August 10 thru 12 at Cinespace: Digital Superclub in Hollywood, CA.“In just three years, our festival has quickly made its mark, delivering high quality short films,” states Daniel Sol, HollyShorts, Short Film Festival Director. “As we continue striving to reach our goal, which is to advance the careers of filmmakers globally and showcase great short form projects in front of film enthusiasts, the industry, fellow filmmakers and actors, this year’s event is poised to be a tremendous experience for everyone involved.” Slated to open the 2007 HollyShorts Fest is Actor/Director Adrian Grenier’s short film, Euthanasia. While most know him as Hollywood darling Vincent Chase from HBO’s Entourage, Adrian is far from just a pretty face. Founding his own company, Restless Productions in the early 2000s, Grenier has been making a name for himself as a talented and insightful director/producer. The screening of Euthanasia at HollyShorts marks the films world premiere and lends an air of progression to the HollyShorts fest.

Below, Cinespace Theatre - the location for the 3rd Annual 2007 HollyShorts Short Film Festival.
“It’s an honor for HollyShorts to host the Hollywood premiere of “Euthanasia,” one of the most critically acclaimed short films in quite some time,” said Sol. “Adrian Grenier is multitalented and has quickly been gaining tremendous respect as a director. We look forward to opening our festival with his short film . . .”Seventeen minutes in length, Euthanasia is a dark comedy revolving around the lives of two young girls. Having just earned her driver’s license, Sam takes her best friend Becky out for a spin. The world is ripe with possibilities, dripping with freedom. There is nothing they can’t do, nothing they can’t try. They are, at long last, their own authorities . . . until an unfortunate accident plants them face to face with some difficult questions about life, death and growing up. To put it bluntly, HollyShorts Short Film Festival has plenty to offer and a plethora of venues for involvement. If you’re a filmmaker, submissions are currently being accepted for the 2007 HollyShorts, Short Film Festival. With the regular deadline coming on April 27, 2007 and the late deadline, May 25, 2007, all submissions are required to be 30 minutes or under. Categories include Short Live Action, Short Animation, Short Documentary and Student Short. To submit, visit Withoutabox at If investment is the name of your game, sponsorship and partnership opportunities are available. Current sponsors and festival partners include Women in Film, Fetro, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, New York Film Academy,, Dreamhouse Ensemble, Stash,, Sharp Radio Network and Indiepix.
Above, Director Adrian Grenier keeps things flowing smoothly on set while below, Euthanasia stars Hannah Mets and Stella Maeve deal with the deeper issues of life.

If you consider yourself the biggest movie fanatic known to mankind, HollyShorts can even satiate your appetite for all things film. HollyShorts offers a monthly screening series at the Space Theatre in Hollywood. This month’s screening, taking place on March 29th, will highlight the work of Larry Hankin (Money Talks, Seinfeld, Oscar Nominated director for short Solly's Diner 1980). HollyShorts is currently offering $5 off submission fees for the 2007 Festival to all IFA filmmakers. Discounts for the HollyShorts Film Festival itself will later be available to IFA members. To find out more about HollyShorts, the submission process or how you can further get involved, visit
Above, Director Adrian Grenier keeps things flowing smoothly on set while below, Euthanasia stars Hannah Mets and Stella Maeve deal with the deeper issues of life.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Third Annual HollyShorts takes place August 10-12, 2007. Call For Entries is now!