The time has finally arrived for the illustrious Hollyshorts Film Festival to announce their line-up for the 18th Annual event. As it seems to each time, this year’s festival is bigger and better than last year, with an absolutely stacked line-up of films to present over the ten days of screenings. Running from August 11th to August 20th at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Los Angeles and online at Bitpix, this year’s festivities is set to be one of the most high profile yet.
With over 400 films on display this year, this is set to be one of the most diverse slates yet, with over 5000 entries, 161 female directors and 101 BIPOC directors among the films from this year’s program. A press release was sent out announcing the selections for the 18th annual festival and the incredible films that are leading the way. From the press release:
Leading films for the 18th edition include FIVE CENTS, starring Emmy Award-winner Brian Cox (Succession); AURINKO IN ADAGIO, produced by Lena Waithe (The Chi); LIFE AND DEBT starring Rosario Dawson (Rent); BAINNE, directed by Jack Reynor (Midsommar) and starring Will Poulter (The Revenant); the all-star short NORTH STAR featuring the multiple award-winning Kevin Bacon, Emmy nominee Colman Domingo (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Laura Innes (ER), Chris Sheffield (The Maze Runner), and Malcolm Gets (Suits); THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, starring Zachary Levi (Shazam!); BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, featuring Academy Award nominee June Squibb (Nebraska) and dearly missed multiple Emmy Award-winner, Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show); documentary short STILL ROLLING PAPERS, which follows internationally acclaimed rapper Wiz Khalifa; THE ONE, directed by Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) and starring Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Indya Moore (Pose); TARA MESSENGER OF DEATH starring Grammy and Emmy Award nominated stand-up comedian Margaret Cho; COLOR ME JANE, starring Penn Badgley (You); DON’T WORRY, IT’S GONNA BE OK, directed by Izabel Pakzad (Birds of Prey) and produced by James Franco (The Disaster Artist); MARKED, starring Academy Award-nominee Eric Roberts; and CELEBRITAS EX MACHINA featuring Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV), Sean Astin (Stranger Things), and Danny Trejo (Machete).
With just the above line-up, this would be an impressive festival, but this is just the start. These films are just part of the close to 400 entries for this year’s festivities. For the full list of films, be sure to check out the official selection page, on the official Hollyshorts website.
We hope to see everyone who can attend the festival in person in Los Angeles, and for everyone else, please make sure to check out BitPix for access to the entire festival. Tickets for the in-person festivities can be found through HollyShorts.