The time has arrived, as HollyShorts 2021 is on the horizon, with a vast array of incredible films and talented filmmakers set to put their works out into the world. The multi-day festival, which runs from September 23rd to October 1st will be full of big names, big premieres and a return to in-person viewing for those who are willing and able to attend. This will combine with last year’s successful virtual film festival to create a multi-dimensional landscape where anyone who chooses to attend can get a look at this year’s best of the best in short film.
This year’s opening night ceremonies, which will take place on September 23rd, will have a special screening from Film Independent and Netflix Film Club. From the official press release:
The Opening Night festivities will include short films like Julian Joslin’s No Longer Suitable For Use executive produced by Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell; The Long Goodbye starring Academy Award-nominee Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal); Koreatown Ghost Story featuring Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated comedian Margaret Cho and Lyrica Okano (Runaways); Desmond’s Not Here Anymore starring Yolonda Ross (The Chi) and multi-award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), scored by Grammy-nominated composer Ray Angry from The Roots; Life, Unexpected from Oscar winners and HSFF alumni Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman (Skin); and Boys directed by Luke Benward and produced by HSFF alum and Academy Award winner Andrew Carlberg (Skin)
This massive event will kick off on September 23rd, both in-person at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, as well as the festival programming being available on BitPix. Ticketing information for both the in-person and virtual event can be found on the HollyShorts website. Please note that those looking to attend in-person will require either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 48 hours to be able to attend, and masks will be required indoors. More information can be found via the HollyShorts website.