The Inaugural HollyShorts Hot List Brings 30 Films Into The Spotlight

The HollyShorts Film Festival is one of the leaders in the short film industry, bringing incredible entries from around the world center stage, including some of the biggest names in Hollywood looking to get some of their ideas out there. For sixteen years the festival has brought swaths of incredible films under one roof, and for the first time, the festival has announced their very own short list of films to look out for, many of which were hits at the virtual 2020 HollyShorts film festival that took place late last year.

For the filmmakers, making this list is an honor all its own, especially considering the company that they will join. Many films that were featured at HollyShorts have gone on to do great things; awards nominations, the chance to bring their ideas to the big screen as feature length films, and an opportunity to show their skills in order to do more in the industry.

These thirty films are some of the most well-regarded in the medium, and features some well-known creators in the film and television industry, and being on the first-ever Hot List is a wonderful addition to the acclaim these filmmakers have already received for their incredible work. This list also includes HollyShorts 2020 winner Emil Gallardo for his film 123 All Eyes On Me.

The first entries in the now annual Hot List are:

123 All Eyes On Me by Emil Gallardo
All Inclusive by Teemu Nikki
Alive by Jimmy Olsson
An Uninvited Guest by Richard B. Pierre
Anna by Dekel Berenson
Birthday Girl by Portia A. Buckle
The Birth of Valerie Venus by Sara Clift 
Bittu by Karishma Dube
The Coin by Siqi Song
David by Zach Woods

Da Yie by Anthony Nti
End-O by Alice Seabright
Fourth Wall by Kelsey Bollig
Henet Ward by Morad Mostafa
Hunger Ward by Skye Fitzgerald
If Anything Happens I Love You by Will McCormack, Michael Govier
Killing Small Animals by Marcus Svaberg
Mister Cachemire by Iouri Philippe Paillé
Narrow by Anna Chazelle
Nahjum by Sebastian Torres Greene, Manuel Del Valle

November 1st by Charlie Manton
O28 by Otalia Causse, Geoffroy Collin, Lousie Grardel, Antoine Marchand,
Robin Merle, and Fabian Meyran
Simulacra by Curry Sicong Tian
Sticker by Georgi M. Unkovski
Two Different Strangers by Travon Free
The Letter Room by Elvira Lind
The Van by Erenik Beqiri
USA vs Scott by Ora DeKornfeld, Isabel Castro
Welcome Back by Tiffany K. Guillen
White Eye by Tomer Shushan

Congratulations to all of the amazing filmmakers selected for the 2021 HollyShorts Hot List, and here’s to seeing many more amazing films at the 2021 HollyShorts Film Festival. News about the upcoming 17th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival can be found here or on their website, and the monthly screenings for Hollyshorts can be found on their partner streaming platform, Bitpix.

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