HOLLYWOOD SHORTS Film Festival is a monthly screening program that celebrates the outstanding achievements in short filmmaking and animation from both U.S. and international directors and their creative teams. Over 100 short and animated films are programmed year round, and submissions are accepted throughout the year. Our screenings are held at The Attic, the modern cinema lounge located in the heart of Hollywood.

HOLLYWOOD SHORTS launched in October 1998 at a music venue in Los Angeles called THE JOINT. The overflowing crowd packed the house, and filled the sidewalk outside watching films by David Fickas & Mark Kelly, Frank Tota, and animation by Joe Pearson. The next month, Variety Magazine wrote a small piece about the next screening, and we were officially a member of the film festival community. Since that night, HOLLYWOOD SHORTS quickly became one of the most popular short film series in Los Angeles.


Our annual Spotlight Screenings began as part of our monthly series, and have grown to become their own stand alone events. The annual and bi-annual festivals are dedicated to showcase specific groups of filmmakers we believe deserve an opportunity to step into the forefront to share their work with the film and television community. Our SPOTLIGHT events include the African American ShortsFest, Women Filmmakers Shortsfest and our bi-annual Animation Celebration.

HOLLYWOOD SHORTS is a non-competitive monthly industry showcase.

- Films can be up to 30 minutes in length
- Film must be completed no earlier than January 2014
- Entry Fee is $15.00 US
- All genres are welcome – drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, family, experimental, documentary, music video, web series, etc.

Hollywood Shorts programs year round. Submissions remain eligible and in consideration for at least 12 months from the date of reception for consideration for special screenings and festival programming throughout the year. A Film only needs to be entered into the Monthly Screening category to be considered for the annual Spotlight Screenings. There is no need to submit to the annual showcases separately.