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Saturday, January 24, 2009

HOLLYSHORTS ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR 5TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL

Extravaganza Takes Place August 6-9, 2009 in Hollywood , CA

Hollywood, CA January 24, 2009 – On the heels of the most successful HollyShorts Film Festival to date which honored acclaimed filmmakers David Lynch and Paul Haggis and showcased short films from stars Josh Brolin, Jessica Biel and David Arquette, the organizers of the event announce today the official call for entries for the 5th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF). Recently ranked by Moviemaker Magazine as "one of the top film festivals worth the entry fee," HollyShorts will take place August 6-9, 2009 in Hollywood and feature a marquee opening night world premiere event, screenings, panels and exclusive parties. The announcement was made by festival director and co-founder Daniel Sol.

Submissions can now be completed directly online by visiting www.hollyshorts.com or by submitting on Withoutabox.

All submissions must be 30 minutes or less. Categories include Live Action, Animation, Documentary and Music Video. HollyShorts also has a discounted category for student projects. Deadlines to submit U.S. and International short films for the 2009 HollyShorts Film Festival are:

• February 20, 2009 – Early Submission deadline

• April 17, 2009 – Official deadline

• May 15, 2009 – Late deadline

Completed U.S. and international short films may be submitted and must arrive in office by February 20 for early consideration and a reduced submission fee. Complete information and eligibility requirements are available on HollyShorts.com.

Marketing

To promote this year's HollyShorts Call For Entries, the organizers are initiating the following initiatives:

Haydenfilms + HollyShorts Case Study: Editorial Banner Campaign, Online contest and Haydenfilms.com streaming technology on HollyShorts.com.

Revamped banner campaign created by Dave Branin for placement on social media and networking web sites

Submission discounts for participants at upcoming HollyShorts monthly screening series at the Echo Park Film Center and Downtown Independent Theatre.

Special discount rate for HollyShorts enthusiasts who would like to subscribe to Moving Pictures Magazine, the independent film publication.

The 4th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival took place August 7-10, 2008 in Hollywood with top honors of Best Short Film going to "Bloom" directed Lance Larson. Larson was awarded $2000 VFX package courtesy of Clifton Post for his next project. The Best Student Short honors went to David Jibladze, for his short film "Beholden." Jibladze took home a 5-day HVX-200, HD Camera rental package courtesy of Martini Crew Booking. Over $25,000 in prizes were awarded.

The submission link and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2009 HollyShorts Film Festival are available on the HollyShorts Film Festival website at www.hollyshorts.com. Information is also available through the HollyShorts hotline at 818-760-9897, by email to staff@hollyshorts.com. For sponsorship information, please email admin@hollyshorts.com with your query.

About HollyShorts

HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information, please visit www.hollyshorts.com. Filmmaker news available at www.hollyshortsfilmfestival.blogspot.com.

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Contact:
Press
Erica Sardarian
erica@hollyshorts.com
818-760-9897
Talent
Isandra Gonzalez
22 Entertainment

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