Today, the festival organizers for the 17th Oscar-Qualifying® HollyShorts Film Festival have announced the dates for this year’s short film extravaganza, which has emerged as one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious short film festivals.
HollyShorts will take place in-person September 23-30, 2021 at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, with the annual, star-studded Awards Gala set to take place on October 1, 2021.
The festival has hosted A-list talent and filmmakers for 17 years including Anthony Russo, Debra Messing, Oscar Isaac, Cee-Lo Green, Patton Oswalt, Effie Brown, Dane Cook, Yolonda Ross, Jennifer Morrison, Michael Ealy, Tyrese Gibson, Melissa Benoist, Francia Raisa, Janina Gavankar, Phoebe Tonkin, Ed Westwick, and Jackson Lewis Lee, among many others.
The festival winners and honorees who celebrated virtually in 2020 are being invited to attend this year’s special in-person gathering. The 2020 edition of HollyShorts saw a record-breaking seven Oscar nominees and two winning alumni films. Those alumni
Winner – Best Live Action Short:
Two Distant Strangers directed by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
Winner – Best Animated Short:
If Anything Happens I Love You directed by Will McCormack and Michael Govier
Nominated – Best Live Action Short:
Feeling Through directed by Doug Roland
The Letter Room directed by Elvira Lind
The Present directed by Farah Nabulsi
White Eye directed by Tomer Shushan
Nominated – Best Documentary Short:
Hunger Ward directed by Skye Fitzgerald
The festival will once again offer a streaming option for fans around the world via its
proprietary platform Bitpix, making 2021 the first time in HollyShorts’ 17 year history a hybrid event. Bitpix is a new Premium AVOD platform and is streamed through the app for download on Airplay, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, AppleTV, Chromecast, IOS, Roku.
Visit www.hollyshorts.com for more information about the film festival.