HollyShorts Film Festival is back and they’ve announced their dates, as well as their impressive lineup. The festival will take place from August 11-20, 2022, and had 5000 entries, 161 female directors, 101 BIPOC directors and almost 400 films for this year’s festival.
As previously, the winners of HollyShorts’ three top prizes will be eligible for nomination at the 2023 Oscars®. They’re offering both virtual and in-person options this year, with in-person screenings to take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, with virtual screenings on Bitpix.
Their lineup this year includes some incredible films with impressive cast members. Here’s more on the lineup:
Leading films for the 18th edition include FIVE CENTS, starring Emmy Award-winner Brian Cox (Succession); AURINKO IN ADAGIO, produced by Lena Waithe (The Chi); LIFE AND DEBT starring Rosario Dawson (Rent); BAINNE, directed by Jack Reynor (Midsommar) and starring Will Poulter (The Revenant); the all-star short NORTH STAR featuring the multiple award-winning Kevin Bacon, Emmy nominee Colman Domingo (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Laura Innes (ER), Chris Sheffield (The Maze Runner), and Malcolm Gets (Suits); THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, starring Zachary Levi (Shazam!); BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, featuring Academy Award nominee June Squibb (Nebraska) and dearly missed multiple Emmy Award-winner, Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show); documentary short STILL ROLLING PAPERS, which follows internationally acclaimed rapper Wiz Khalifa; THE ONE, directed by Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) and starring Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Indya Moore (Pose); TARA MESSENGER OF DEATH starring Grammy and Emmy Award nominated stand-up comedian Margaret Cho; COLOR ME JANE, starring Penn Badgley (You); DON’T WORRY, IT’S GONNA BE OK, directed by Izabel Pakzad (Birds of Prey) and produced byJames Franco (The Disaster Artist); MARKED, starring Academy Award-nominee Eric Roberts; and CELEBRITAS EX MACHINA featuring Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV), Sean Astin (Stranger Things), and Danny Trejo (Machete).