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 Academy Qualifying HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less.

HollyShorts Film Festival History
The inaugural HollyShorts Film Festival took place at The Space Theatre in Hollywood August 2005 and featured 23 short films from the U.S., UK, Poland, Canada and Thailand. The 2nd annual HollyShorts Film Festival took place at Cinespace in Hollywood, CA and featured 53 of the best short films from around the world. 13 different countries were represented. The third annual HollyShorts Film Festival took place August 10-12, 2007, drawing over $26,000 in prizes awarded. The festival featured three screening venues. Best Short film honors went to “Songbird” Directed by John Thompson. Thompson was awarded a one week audio rental package courtesy of Action Audio and Visual, featuring sound and communications equipment rentals to utilize for his next film project. The festival featured Actor Adrian Grenier’s short film “Euthanasia,” a DJ performance from the legendary hip hop DJ Biz Markie and 57 short films in competition; three days of screenings, parties, insightful panels along with a slew of networking platforms for HollyShorts participants. The 2007 HollyShorts Film Festival included the following partners: Ourstage.com, h Magazine, Showbiz Software Stores, Action Audio and Visual, Si-Mi.com, Stash DVD Magazine, UCLA Extension Department of Entertainment Studies, Dreamhouse Ensemble, LA One Stop, LBN E lert, Indiepix, Breakyourself, Choice Hospitality, Film Radar, Shortend Magazine, Sand Jewelry by Therese and Vice Hollywood.


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 5th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival took place August 6-13 at the DGA and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre in Hollywood with top honors of Best Short Film going to “La Petite Lilia,” Directed by Reda Mustafa. Mustafa took home a prize package from Clifton Production Services which included a RED ONE digital cinema package valued up to $5,000.00, while Johnny Gill took home a $10,000 cash prize for the Haydenfilms Online Film Festival contest for his short film “My Turtle’s Name is Dudley.” For more information, visit www.hollyshorts.com.

The 6th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival® took place August 5-12, 2010 in Hollywood and featured a major opening night reception, week-long screenings of short films and feature films in Hollywood, high level industry panels, keynotes, awards and receptions for the community and filmmakers. Grand prizes were awarded for Best Short and Best Director courtesy of Company 3 valued at $20,000. Openfilm also sponsored the festival and screened their top 5 finalists for their $250,000 Get It Made Competition, at the fest. James Caan attended the opening night ceremonies and named the finalists.

The 7th Annual HSFF took place August 11-18th in Hollywood. HSFF Alumni include Josh Brolin, Kirsten Dunst, Demi Moore, Darren Lew, David Arquette, Jessica Biel, Malcolm Barrett, Carter Smith, Jason Biggs, David Pryor, Jimmy Jean Louis, Paula Garces, Adrian Grenier, David Lynch, Paul Haggis, Bragi Schut, David Weinstein, William Olssen, Alex Ferrari, Larry Hankin, Lance Larson, John Thompson, Nick Carmen, Scott Porter, Joel David Moore, Mary Pat Bentel, Denis Hennelly, Richard Riehle, and many, many other great filmmakers and actors.

Continuing the tradition of growth, the 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival opened at the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd to over 900 guests. The evening was capped off by the HollyShorts Visionary Award being given to Joe Carnahan.
The fest took place all week at the Chinese Theatre and concluded with over $50,000 in prizes and awards being given out to winners selected out of 341 projects in competition. Highlights include:

The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (www.hollyshorts.com) wrapped with a standing room only awards ceremony at Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The ceremony was hosted by Amy Paffrath, host of MTV’s Jersey Shore After Hours. The HollyShorts Best Overall Short Film prize, which wins a $10,000 in post production and finishing services package from Company 3 went to “ASAD”. Director Bryan Buckley was on hand to accept. The HollyShorts Best Director Award which wins a $10,000 post production and finishing services package from Company 3, went to Grainger David for his short film “The Chair.” Best Documentary Short went to Stephanie Butler’s “Bo.” The Method Studios Best VFX Award went to “The Wheel” by John Roberts. Igor Aleksov took home the Best International Short prize for “Episodizt.” Best Animation Short went to“Luminaris” by Juan Pablo Zaramella and Best Student film went to Dreamland directed by Alla Volkova, her AFI thesis project. The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival had the most attendance in the festival’s history. Highlights include an opening night ceremony at the history Chinese Theatre that drew nearly 1,000 attendees and fest screenings, panels and post receptions taking place in venues throughout Hollywood during the entire week. Each HollyShorts 2012 winner receives a 1st look distribution deal with the ShortsHD television channel.

The 2012 Winners List

Best Short Film ASAD directed by Bryan Buckley
Best Actor Robert Chester Smith in The Hiccup
Best Actress Grace Kaufman in Buttons in the Ground
Best Director Grainger David for The Chair
Best Female Director Elayne Blyth for Noeima
Best Producer Stephanie Scire for Atlantis
Best Cinematography Xiaosu Han & Andreas Thalhammer for Asternauts
Best Editing Joe Greco for Sin Dolor
Best Score Edison Jarrin for Tumbleweed
Best Animation Luminaris directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella
Best Comedy Love and Germaphobia directed by Tyler Spindel
Best Documentary Bo directed by Dave Schwep & Kelly McCoy
Best International Episodizt directed by Igor Aleksov
Best Narrative Cherry Waves directed by Carey Williams
Best Drama Prora directed by Stephane Riethauser
Best SciFi The End directed by Ted Marcus
Best Horror Mo-Don-pae-mil-li (Modern Family) directed by Kwang Bin Kim
Best Student Film Dreamland directed by Alla Volkova
Best Action The Crocodile directed by Steve Acevedo
Best Web Series Sitting Babies directed by Cameron Fay
Showbiz Future Filmmaker Award Sin Dolor directed by Joe Greco
Best Commercial True Power directed by Karel van Bellingen
Best Music Video Kindness Boomerang directed by Orly Wahba
Method Studios Best VFX The Wheel directed by John Roberts
HollyShorts/NociCortinfestival Jury Award Oroverde directed by Piereluigi Ferrandini
Jury Honorable Mention 92 Skybox Rookie Card directed by Maury Steinman
Jury Honorable Mention The Queen directed by Adam Rose
Special Jury Selection Crazy Beats Strong Every Time directed by Moon Molson
Special Jury Selection Maddoggin directed by Terrence Heuston

The 9th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (www.hollyshorts.com) came to a wrap with 1,000 attendees celebrating the festival’s Awards ceremony celebration at the Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom and lobby hosted by Digital LA’s Kevin Winston. The HollyShorts Best Short Film Grand Prize went to Mitsuyo Miyazaki for her short film Tsuyako. With the prize, Miyazaki takes home a $10,000 post-production and finishing services prize from Company 3. She also wins an all expense paid trip to Wellington New Zealand courtesy of Starnow to show her film there. Also taking home a $10,000 post-production prize from Company 3 for the Best Director Category was Sacha Feiner for Un Monde Meilleur (A Better World). The short film Sahasi Chori by Erin Galey took home two HollyShorts Awards, one for Best Producer and the Women in Film Director’s Award, garnering her a $5000 camera package courtesy of Martini Crew Booking.. The Method Studios Best VFX Prize went to Peter Szewczyk for Our Lady of Lourdes. With the win, Method awarded Peter with a $10,000 post prize.

The Panavision Future Filmmaker went to Karaoke! By Andrew Renzi. Panavision awarded Andrew with a $10,000 prize.

ShortsHD presented the short film Amazonia by Sam Chen with the DirecTV Everywhere Award.

The 2013 Winners List

HOLLYSHORTS BEST SHORT FILM-Tsuyako by Mitsuyo Miyazaki
· BEST DIRECTOR-Sacha Feiner for Un Monde Meilleur (A Better World)
· METHOD STUDIOS HOLLYSHORTS BEST VFX – Our Lady of Lourdes by Peter Szewczyk
· BEST COMMERICAL- Happiness in the Air by Hugh Mitton (Best Commercial Award wins a $5,000 post production and finishing services prize from Company 3)
· BEST MUSIC VIDEO-Vengeance Rhythm by Christopher Ullens de Schooten (Best Music Video Award wins a $5,000 post production and finishing services prize from Company 3)
· BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY-Brightwood by Connor Hair.(The HollyShorts Best Cinematography Award wins a $5,000 post production and finishing services prize from Company 3)
· BEST ACTOR-Gabe Fazio for the film Gun
· BEST ACTRESS-Carla Quevedo for the film Side Effects
· BEST ACTION-The Forge by Stephen Reedy
· BEST DRAMA-ROTKOP by Jan Roosens and Raf Roosens
· BEST ANIMATION-Alienation by Silvia Carpizo
· BEST COMEDY-Loveseat by Matthew Richmond
· BEST 3D SHORT-Le Grand Combat by Jean-Nicolas Rivat
· 3D SHORT Runner up- Eysian Fields by Ina Conrad
· BEST DOCUMENTARY-Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution by Matthew VanDyke
· BEST EDITING-I’m Right Here-Christopher Soren Kelly
· WOMEN IN FILM DIRECTORS AWARD-Erin Galey for her short Sahasi Chori
(Women in Film Directors Award receives a $5,000 camera rental prize package from Martini Crew booking)
· BEST STUDENT-MAGNESIUM by Sam de Jong (Best Student Award receives a $5,000 camera rental prize package from Martini Crew booking)
· BEST HORROR FEARNET AWARD-Do You Believe in the Devil by Alex Grybauskas
· BEST CROWD FUNDED FILM-And After All by Julian Ungano
· BEST INTERNATIONAL-Tweesprong by Wouter Bouvjin
· BEST NARRATIVE-GUN by Spencer Gillis
· BEST PRODUCER-Sahasi Chori by Erin Galey
· BEST SCI FI-Frost by Jeremy Ball
· BEST TRAILER- Rainbow Bay by Mack Lindon
· BEST SOUND-The Fifth Horseman by Kari Barber
· BEST WEB SERIES-Inside Joke On Gentrification by Brian Neaman and Michael Southworth
· HOLLYSHORTS SPECIAL JURY AWARD- Death of a Shadow by Tom Van Avermaet
· HOLLYSHORTS MENTION-Cootie Contagion by Josh Smooha
· HOLLYSHORTS MENTION-8:47 by Nik Kacevski

Fest Sets Dates for 10th Annual Anniversary Edition
During the celebration the festival set it’s dates for next year’s festival, it’s 10th Anniversary edition. The 10th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market will take place August 14-23, 2014 in Hollywood. The festival also announced it will unspool a screenplay competition for next years festival, submissions now open at: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/HollyShortsScreenplayContest

The 9th edition of the HollyShorts Film Festival featured over 12,000 attendees with 8 days of screenings, daily networking events, panels and seminars during the HollyShorts Film Conference and Awards. 2013 Visionary Award honoree Matthew Modine closed the festival with the theatrical premiere of his collection of short films at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

The 10th Annual HSFF and Film Conference/Film Market took place August 14-23 at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and the 2nd annual HollyShorts Film Conference took place at the Roosevelt Hotel. 2014 Overall Best Short and Best Director will receive $10,000 each for post production work courtesy of Company 3. The 2014 winners of Best Music Video, Best Cinematography, and Best Commercial will each receive $5,000 for post production work courtesy of Company 3. 2014 Best Student film and Best Female Director winners will receive a $10,000 camera rental packages courtesy of Martini Crew Booking. Method Studios awarded the 2014 Best VFX short with $10,000 in post production services. PANAVISION awarded $10,000 to Douglas Jessup's short GLOW. Over $140,000 in prizes were awarded from Final Draft, Showbiz, Jungle, Red Giant,
Black Magic Camera, True Vision Entertainment, and many others.
15,000 attended the 2014 fest and film conference over 10 days.

The 2015 HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Market will took place over 10 days August 13-22 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theatres, OHM, and Ignited Spaces in Hollywood. Grand Prize $15,000 cash prize courtesy of ZYPE was awarded to Jamie Donoughue for his short SHOK. Over 2,200 submissions in 2015 and over 15,000 unique visitors to the festival over 10 days and we hosted our first ever online festival concurrent with the live festival via VHX.

The 2016 HSFF and Film Conference took place August 11-20 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and Harmony Gold. The fest awarded the Kodak Best Short prize to Black Canaries, which also took home Best Cinematography. Best Director went to Madaran and the Co3 Grand Jury winner went to Catching Fireflies. Company 3 awarded these 3 films a total of $60,000 in post production services. The Panavision Future Filmmaker award went to Out Of The Village, awarded $10,000 in Panavision equipment rental. Kodak awarded $5,000 in film stock for the Best Short and also provided film stock for 10 other categories. For a complete list of winners go to www.hollyshorts.com. Our 2nd annual online fest pass concurrent with the festival was hosted on Bitpix.

Madaran and Descry both were selected to participate in the first ever HollyShorts Presents theatrical one week run in Los Angeles at the Laemmle NoHo 7 Theater.

The 2017 HSFF took place August 10-19th at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and awards presentation at the Harmony Gold Theater, with LIMBO taking home the Academy Qualifying Best Short Film win.

The 2018 Academy Qualifying HSFF took place August 9-18th 2018 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and awards at Harmony Gold Theater where SKIn took home best film qualifying it for the Oscars, which it went on to win in 2019!!!

The 2019 HSFF will take place August 8-17 2019.

HSFF Alumni include Josh Brolin, Trey Edward Shults, Terence Nance, Reed Morano, Kirsten Dunst, Damon Lindelof, Demi Moore, Joe Carnahan, Darren Lew, David Arquette, Dash Mihok, Ryan Eggold, James Hong, Neil Labute, Zachary Quinto, Adam Brody, Pras Michel, Francois Jaros, Jon Heder, Russo Brothers, Bill Plympton, Felicia Day, Nash Edgerton, Jaime Linden, Jennifer Aniston, Mark Fergus, Jessica Biel, Malcolm Barrett, Carter Smith, Jason Biggs, David Pryor, Jimmy Jean Louis, Paula Garces, Adrian Grenier, David Lynch, Paul Haggis, Bragi Schut, Beth Grant, Sharon Lawrence, David Weinstein, William Olssen, Alex Ferrari, Larry Hankin, Lance Larson, John Thompson, Nick Carmen, Scott Porter, Kat Coiro, Joel David Moore, Mary Pat Bentel, Denis Hennelly, Richard Riehle, Biz Markie, Joe Carnahan, Matthew Libatique, Matthew Modine, David Rodriguez, Kat Coiro, Issa Rae, Bryan Buckley, Carey Williams, Chadwick Boseman, Moon Molson, Guy Nattiv, Jaime Ray Newman, Andrew Carlberg, Neal Dodson, and many, many other great filmmakers and actors. Industry attendees include, Kodak, Shorts TV, Indieflix, Lexus Short Films, Adaptive Studios, Legion M, The Camera Division, Monster Energy Drink, Peroni, Stage 32, Zoe Kevork Law, Color Space, Indiepix, ZYPE, Snagfilms, FInal Draft, Hulu, Netflix, Google Play, CAA, William Morris, Arri Alexa, Gersh Agency, The Seattle Film Summit, Seed and Spark, Indiegogo, Simple DCP, and many others!

2022 HSFF wrapped to enormous success and back in full capacity in person!


HSFF awards prizes from sponsors Kodak, Panavision, Klio Studios, Roe Virtual Studio, 88th street, Alta global media, BeCine, The Camera Division, Jungle Software, color space, Stage 32, and many others! Awards go to over 25+ categories including Best Short (Academy Qualifying), Best Live Action (Academy Qualifying) Best Director, Best Animation (Academy Qualifying), Best Doc (Academy Qualifying) Best Cinematography, Best Music Video, etc. Distribution opportunities available for winners via Bitpix, Dust, Alter, Stampede, and Indieflix. Industry attendees at the 2023 edition included programmers from TriBeCa, Cleveland, Newport Beach, and others!

All winners receive an offer to be on our exclusive platform Bitpixtv.com.

(*Categories/Amounts subject to change*)

By submitting (uploading & purchasing a submission to festival), your project to HollyShorts Film Festival via FilmFreeway, you acknowledge that you are not eligible for a refund. Films and videos submitted to the Festival will be considered for competitive categories. Oscar nominated films may be submitted for screening but not in the competitive categories. There are no refunds for double submissions or submissions that are not accepted. If you have double submitted, you will receive a credit for another submission. No refunds will be given for any submission that asks to withdraw, regardless of reason. By submitting your film for consideration for the 20th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival, you agree for HollyShorts to screen your short film if it is an official selection for this year's festival and are obligated to your commitment. All films with screen on DCP unless otherwise mentioned. Simple DCP is our DCP vendor.

**Please note that by submitting your film, being accepted and submitting your DCP to screen- you are confirming that HollyShorts can screen your film, regardless of another festival's acceptance and are bound by these terms and conditions.**

Overall Rating
  • My team and I were honored to have our comedy series THE DROP have its world premiere at HollyShorts Film Festival. The experience was nothing short of amazing, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the festival organizers. The connections I made with other incredible filmmakers who were part of the program were both awesome and invaluable!

    April 2024
  • So grateful to have screened at HollyShorts this August with my short Half-Light! This was my first time attending and I was blown away by the calibre of films programmed. I watched probably hundreds of shorts over the week, and even if a film wasn't your favorite flavor they were all still undeniably good. Really inspiring

    December 2023
  • Had a fantastic time at HollyShorts. We played in the horror block and the crowd went nuts. I've been living off that high for a while now.

    Plus, great panels with interesting topics that usually aren't touched upon at events like these.

    October 2023
  • Clara Aranovich

    I've had the pleasure of screening at Hollyshorts twice over a span of 8 years and it's amazing to see how it's grown! Playing at the Chinese Theater is a dream come true. The programming quality is super high and the vibes are amazing. I loved their seminars, as well; especially the event put on by Kodak/Panavision.

    The only cons I'll mention: I wish they'd program more short shorts (all the films in my block were ~20min long which got a bit laborious. Part of what I love in shorts fests is variety. The super long commercials/trailers before each screening were also a bummer (and delayed most screenings quite a bit).

    Would gladly play here again if given the chance :)

    September 2023
  • Dan Clifton

    Absolutely terrific festival, so honoured to have my latest film shown there and only sorry I couldn't make it this year.

    September 2023