Monday, September 29, 2008

HollyShorts Monthly Screening October 3rd @ Echo Park Film Center

April 20th, 2008

Festival's Acclaimed Short Film Showcase Returns This Week

On the heels of the successful star-studded 4th annual HollyShorts Film Festival, which took place this past August, HollyShorts is back with a new installment of the festival's acclaimed monthly screening series this Friday, October 3rd at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles. Join us as we prepare for the January 2009 Call For Entries for the 5th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival. This Friday, we are celebrating 5 top notch short films with the directors/producers and talent on hand to discuss their projects and the state of the industry in the October installment of the monthly screening series.
Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm, screening begins at 8pm, event ends at 11pm. Q&A session, raffle, and reception to follow screening. Free Wine, Beer---soda courtesy of our sponsor Dry Soda co. and tequila from our sponsor Pura Casta. The Echo Park Film Center is located at 1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd) Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Also, we will be raffling off tickets to the ELEVATE Film Festival which takes place Oct. 5th!

Friday's lineup includes the following shorts:


"BEATS PER MINUTE" Directed by Andrea Ball ( Through very lovable and entertaining choreography, an incredibly talented French street dancer leaves Europe with a one-way ticket to Hollywood to show the world a style of dance they've never seen before. But in order to reach his dreams of becoming a professional break-dancer he must first confront his past and learn to control his fate.


"Pigeonhole" Directed by Nicole Tanzabel ( An elderly man lives alone in a high-rise council flat - boxed in and detached from the world below. Nobody visits him; he has only his TV for company. He never leaves his flat; he never needs to due to his unique system of self-sufficiency: using a booby-trapped birdhouse placed on his window sill he catches pigeons, roasts and eats them. Until one day he captures a dove...


"SLEEPER" Directed by Philippe Casseus (
(Final Cut) Simeon wakes up in a coma with no idea how long he's been sleeping. The sound of Noelle's voice reaches him, urging him to wake. But Simeon's ego has other plans for his id.


"THE STAIN ON THE SIDEWALK" Directed by Adam Schlachter ( Andy, a high school freshman, secretly longs for Vanessa, the beautiful girlfriend of the neighborhood bully. In a fumbling, yet poetic exercise, he searches for the right words to declare his love for her, hoping she notices him. But ultimately, Andy discovers that actions may speak much louder than words.


"VAMONOS" Directed by Maurice Compte, written by Marina Valle ( Marisol and Manny are weary travellers looking for a quick bite to eat. Little do they know how their pit stop will change their lives.


That's right, the 5th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival will take place August 6-9, 2009 in Hollywood. A great portion of the screenings program will once again take place at Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatre! Stay tuned for details on the opening night extravaganza, which will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2009. Details on the January Call For Entries are also forthcoming.

The 4th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival drew over $1.8 million worth of media impressions with national broadcast and print press coverage in outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, Variety, US Weekly, Life and Style, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, E! News, Reelzchannel and much more. Check out the coverage by visiting


Come experience the world's fastest growing global filmmaking competition
and awards show of its kind, ELEVATE, at the 7100 seat Nokia Theatre L.A.
Live on October 5th celebrating this year's theme "All Tribes Unite"! The
first ever filmmaking competition that challenges the international film
community to create works of social and global importance will premiere in
one star-studded event with judges including producers Michel Shane, A.
Kitman Ho and Martha De Laurentiis. With music videos from Black Eyed Peas' Apl and Grammy Award winning Keb Mo.
ELEVATE will bring together twenty professional filmmakers from around the
globe who will compete in the categories of documentary, music video,
narrative and commercial. The catch? They only have 7 days to complete the
mission! ELEVATE Film Festival is a night of cutting-edge cinema devoted to
stimulating positive change-a show so priceless it's FREE! Free general
admission tickets available the day of the show on a first come-first save
basis. Premium tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster for $35.
For more information please visit:

About HollyShorts

HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 30-minutes or less. For sponsorship queries, please email us at

To submit to our Monthly Screenings (Rolling Submissions for $10), email:

Filmmaker behind the scenes news at:
About EchoParkFilmCenter

Echo Park Film Center is a volunteer-run, non-profit media arts organization located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. We provide equal and affordable access to film/video education and resources via:

a community microcinema and meeting space
free and nominal cost media arts education programs
a comprehensive small format film equipment and service department
a touring film festival showcasing local established and student filmmakers
For more information, visit:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Short Film Starring HERO THE GREAT Producer Tracy Perez to screen at LA Int'l Latino Film Fest

St. Paul will screen at the LA Int'l Latino Film Festival on Monday Sept. 15th at 5:30pm at the Egyptian.

Paul Ramirez, a senior in college wears his atheism on his sleeve like an intellectual badge of courage. In fact, he preaches the word of doubt to all that will listen. He has had a particularly cogent influence on his girlfriend Samantha. When Samantha's mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer she is, as one would expect, devastated. Paul desperately searches for something, anything that will make her feel even just a little bit better, but to his horror he quickly realizes that her conversion to atheism has stripped her of the ability to comfort herself through a belief in the afterlife. Soon after, Paul begins wrestling with the growing suspicion that maybe, just maybe, God is punishing him for his sins.

To watch trailer:

Sunday, September 14, 2008


HollyShorts Filmmaker Shawna Baca picked up the Latina Entrepreneur Award at the
Latina Symposium last week.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


A selection of HollyShorts Short films will play at the upcoming AZA Digital Cinema Festival in Greece.
In addition to HollyShorts films, check out the other fests represented:
basque cinema
romanian cinema
shorts by: polanski, kieslowski, zanussi
britfilms & coffeeshorts from u.k.
special experimental/video art (poland,brazil,france)
pocket films from Forum des Images, france

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

HollyShorts Opening Night Photos

4th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival opening night. Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood.