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HOLLYSHORTS STAR-STUDDED Opening Night THURSDAY August 14 th at the TCL Chinese Theater

Written By: Marcelle - Aug• 05•14

HollyShorts Opening Night THURSDAY August 14 th

 HOLLYSHORTS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MOST STAR-STUDDED OPENING NIGHT IN FESTIVAL HISTORY

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The festival runs August 14-23 at the TCL Chinese Theater

HOLLYSHORTS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MOST STAR-STUDDED OPENING NIGHT IN FESTIVAL HISTORY

To celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of HollyShorts, the festival organizers are unveiling details of the most star-studded opening night in the festival’s history, which takes place on Thursday August 14 at the TCL Chinese Theater. HollyShorts opening night will feature filmmakers and talent from the most popular TV series and Feature films.

Stephanie Laing, Producer for some of the most popular shows including Veep, Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals, will premiere her short film Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow. On hand for her big night will be the cast which includes: Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Andy Buckley (Bridesmaids), Jean Villepique (I Love You Man),Tim Baltz (Drunk History), and Frankie Faison (Banshee). Also supporting Laing’s premiere will be friends and colleagues Danny McBride, and Chris Addison (In The Loop) and other cast members from Veep and Eastbound & Down.
HollyShorts is also premiering on opening night The Visitant, a short film horror by Nick Peterson produced by Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and co-produced Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville). Directed by Nick Peterson, The Visitant stars Amy Smart (Crank) and Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth).

HollyShorts opening night will also feature Edoardo Ponti, son of legendary actress Sophia Loren, who will be presenting his short film The Human Voice starring Sophia Loren. The Human Voice, which made a splash at this years’ Cannes Film Festival, is a gripping adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s one-woman play.
Director Renny Maslow will be on hand presenting his short film Effed co-written by and starring Ethan Sandler (The Bourne Supremacy) andAdrian Wenner (Whitney). Effed! also stars Zach Braff, Ted Levine, Talia Tabin and Brian Gattas.

Director David Martin Porras will present his acclaimed short film Inside The Box, which stars Wilson Bethel (Heart of Dixie) and Regina King. The film is Executive Produced by Pau Brunet.
These new additions to the HollyShorts opening night will join the previously announced: Alumni brothers Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) who are receiving the HollyShorts Visionary Award. The fest will premiere Luke Wilson’s Award-winning short filmSatellite Beach, which follows the unique journey of the Endeavor space shuttle as it travels through the streets of LA and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center.

The King of Indie Animation Bill Plympton will receive the HollyShorts Animation Indie Icon Award on opening night and premiere his short film Footprints and he will show a clip from his new animated feature film Cheatin’ which is being released theatrical in Los Angeles that weekend. The Russo’s will be showing a 10-minute exhilarating clip from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
“In just a few year’s I’ve seen HollyShorts explode to become one of the biggest and best showcases of short form content in the world and I’m delighted to have the 10th anniversary celebration kick off with such a star-studded and fun lineup of movies,” said Managing Director Nicole Castro. “It’s going to be an epic 10 days of HollyShorts. We have filmmakers coming from all continents, and over 400 movies being presented, a festival record, we can’t wait!”
HollyShorts is awarding nearly $200,000 worth of production and scholarship prizes. Company 3 is awarding $45,000 in Post-Production Services including $15,000 for the Best Short, $10,000 For Best Director, $10,000 for Best Cinematographer $5,000 For Best Music Video and $5,000 in Post services for Best Commercial. Method Studios will award a $10,000 Post-Production Services Prize for Best VFX. Latino Art Beat (LAB) and HollyShorts Youth Film Competition celebrating young filmmakers’ will award the winning young filmmaker a $40,000 scholarship prize to attend The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). Sponsors also include UCLA Extension, NYFA, ShortsHD among others.

King of Indie Animation Bill Plympton Set To Receive Animation Icon Award During HollyShorts Opening Night Celebration and Premiere His New Short Film FootprintsThe King of Indie Animation Bill Plympton will be a headliner at the upcoming 10th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival’s opening night celebration on Thursday August 14, 2014 where he will be the recipient of the festival’s Indie Animation Icon Award. Plympton will also premiere his new short film Footprints and show footage from his upcoming animated feature film Cheatin’ which is receiving a one week theatrical run in Los Angeles on Friday August 15. The HollyShorts Film Festival’s opening night celebration takes place at the TCL Chinese Theater and will be hosted by Erin Darling (AMC’s Movie Talk). The festival runs August 14-23 at the TCL Chinese Theater and Roosevelt Hotel. For his latest feature Cheatin’ Plympton personally hand-drew the 40,000 frames, and created a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100,000 to help finance the production of the film.

HollyShorts has raised the stakes on its Animation category for this year’s festival. In addition to the Plympton Award, the festival recently announced that Oscar winner and animation icon Joan C. Gratz and Arlene Klasky co-founder of Klasky Csupo (Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys) are both serving on this year’s jury for the Animation category.

HollyShorts has achieved records across the board. Starting with it’s famed monthly screening series, which expanded beyond Los Angeles and into Miami, Austin and New York, the festival received well over 1600 submissions for the August mega-festival. The organizers have accepted and programed a fest record 400 short movies. Filmmakers from Canada, France, Spain, Mexico, the UK, Italy, Haiti, UK, Ireland, Israel, South Africa will transcend to Hollywood in the coming weeks all for HollyShorts. Film schools such as USC, UCLA, Chapman, Florida State, NYU, Columbia, Tisch Asia, NYFA and AFI are all represented with official selections.

HollyShorts is also awarding nearly $200,000 worth of production and scholarship prizes. Company 3 is awarding $45,000 in Post-Production Services including $15,000 for the Best Short, $10,000 For Best Director, $10,000 for Best Cinematographer $5,000 For Best Music Video and $5,000 in Post services for Best Commercial. Method Studios will award a $10,000 Post-Production Services Prize for Best VFX. Latino Art Beat (LAB) and HollyShorts Youth Film Competition celebrating young filmmakers’ will award the winning young filmmaker a $40,000 scholarship prize to attend The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). Sponsors also include UCLA Extension, NYFA, ShortsHD among others.

HollyShorts tickets and the festival’s full schedule are currently available at www.hollyshorts.com.
About Bill Plympton

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Follow Bill Plympton on Twitter @Plymptoons
Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill Plympton moved to New York City in 1968. He began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw. In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for a short film Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove another short film, won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991 he’s made 10 feature films, 7 of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High and Idiots, Angels and Cheatin’ are all animated features.

About HollyShorts
HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information please visit www.hollyshorts.com.
Fore more info on Bill Plympton, visit: www.plymptoons.com.
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