Early Bird Submissions Deadline: Hollyshorts Film Festival

Following the biggest HollyShorts to date this past August, the organizers are now accepting submissions for the 9th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF), which takes place on August 15-25 at the historic and newly renamed TCL Chinese Theatre (Formerly known as Grauman's) in Hollywood. Filmmakers can take advantage of the Friday, February 8th early bird submission deadline now by submitting their short film projects at: www.hollyshorts.com.

The announcement was made today by festival co-founders and co-directors Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont.

Twice ranked by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the Top Festival's Worth the Entry Fee, the 2013 HollyShorts Film Festival is set to award over $100,000 in prizes. HollyShorts is awarding two all-expense paid international trips for this year's winning filmmakers. The overall Best Short Film top prize winner of HollyShorts will win two complimentary tickets to visit Wellington, New Zealand courtesy of festival sponsor StarNow. The lucky winner will get to present their film at a local film festival and meet local industry professionals, along with $1K NZD spending cash. Wellington has been named the "coolest little film-making capital in the world" by Lonely Planet and Wellywood as Wellington is affectionately known is home to a hub of world-class production special effects facilities including Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Park Road Post and Wingnut Productions, as well as the home to a number of talented filmmakers. 

For the 2nd year, HollyShorts is also igniting a competition with the NociCortinfestival, the largest short film festival of the Southern-Italian region of Puglia, the heel of the Italian boot where two filmmakers, one US-based and the other based in Europe, enter in competition to both festivals with delegates from the NociCortinfestival handpick a selection of top short films submitted to HollyShorts to be screened in August at the NociCortinfestival. Among these films, one filmmaker will receive a special award from NociCortinfestival and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Italy to present their work to the European public. In addition, Hollyshorts will choose a selection of works from among the films submitted to NociCortinfestival to be screened in August at the 9th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival, and among these films, one will receive the Special HollyShorts Grand Jury Choice Award. The director of the winning film from NociCortinfestival will be flown out to Los Angeles to present their film to the American public.  Bryan Buckley's ASAD which has received an Oscar nomination in the Live Action category for this year's Academy Awards was the 2012 HollyShorts Film Festival Best Short Film overall winner.  HollyShorts Film Festival will include: an opening night ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre for 1,000 attendees, fest screenings, filmmaker Q&A's, panels with top industry executives and players, and private receptions taking place in venues throughout Hollywood during the entire week of the celebration. HollyShorts winners also receive a 1st look distribution deal with the ShortsHD television channel. The Best Horror/Thriller Film receives a 1st look deal with FEARnet and coverage with Fangoria Magazine.  This year, HollyShorts has added a 3D short film category and is accepting short form content for a special 3D showcase.  HollyShorts is accepting submissions in the following categories: Short Live Action, Short Animation, Short Documentary, Music Video, Web Series, Commercials, Trailers, and 3D Shorts.  The HollyShorts Film Festival 2013 submissions regular deadline is April 12, 2013 and late deadline is May 24, 2013. For prices and additional information visit https://www.withoutabox.com/login/4655 . 

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About HollyShorts
HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers careers 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 visitwww.hollyshorts.com. The next HollyShorts monthly screening series takes place February 22, 2013 at the Showbiz Store and Café in Los Angeles.                                 

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