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HollyShorts Film Festival 2020 Starts the Race to the Oscars

The Oscar-qualifying festival to showcase 418 short films with 128 international projects from 36 countries


The organizers behind the 16th edition of the Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival have unveiled this year’s official lineup. 418 short films have been selected with 128 international short films coming from 36 countries.

For its Sweet 16, HollyShorts will take place primarily virtually via the festival’s proprietary streaming platform Bitpix from November 9-15, 2020.

HollyShorts confirms its position as one of the world’s leading short film festivals. This year’s edition garnered 6,000 submissions from 110 countries and only 5% of the films are now one step closer to the potential race for the Academy Awards.

There are many noteworthy American shorts in this edition.

Notable films include the animated short Cruel Shoes written and narrated by Steve Martin; I Wish for You featuring Jeremy Irons; the comedy David by Zach Woods (Avenue 5) starring William Jackson Harper, Fred Hechinger and Will Ferrell; Deon Taylor’s 8:46 starring Tyrese Gibson and featuring CeeLo Green; The Price of Cheap Rent featuring Wyatt Cenac from directors Amina Sutton and Maya Tanaka; Eli Synder’s Interlude starring Empire‘s Skylan Brooks; At Last directed by Lorena Gordon and featuring George Lopez; as well as Esmé Creed-Miles’ directorial debut Jamie.

Hollyshorts Film Festival 2020: 4 shorts from Italy

Italy is competing with Giulio Mastromauro’s Timo’s Winter (winner of the David di Donatello award), Paolo Monico’s Lacrimosa, Guglielmo Poggi’s Next One and The White Wall directed by Andrea Brusa e Marco Scotuzzi, which we have previewed on these very pages.

Scrolling through some numbers, the United Kingdom has set a festival record with 30 short films selected. 40% of the total HollyShorts selections are directed by women.

For the first time ever, HollyShorts will also host a short film market on Bitpix featuring 30 out of competition selected shorts.

The HollyShorts Market Week is targeted towards the leading buyers in short form content and takes place November 16-20, the week after the competition screenings.

Due to the pandemic, HollyShorts Film Festival will celebrate its 16th year via the festival’s streaming platform Bitpix .

The festival will be completely virtual and will include films, panels, exclusive chats “by the fireplace” and professional meetings. All Access passes, the film program and individual block tickets are available for purchase via hollyshorts.com.

Bitpix is a new AVOD Premium platform that includes the best short films in the world. The service is already active in alpha mode and available through Bitpixtv.com. Bitpix is streamed via app for download on: Airplay, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, AppleTV, Chromecast, IOS, Roku.

Marta Zannoner

Marta Zannoner

Aspirante scrittrice, osservo la realtà spesso distrattamente. Per questo ricorro ai film, per prestare attenzione.

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