Mingle Media TV was fortunate enough to cover the HollyShorts opening and watch lots of amazing shorts that were screened at the Festival this year.
This year the HollyShorts screened over 170 films and opened with the 1st 3-D shorts “The Butler’s in Love” by David Arquette (see our interview with him) below:
Partnering with the HollyShorts Film Festival was OpenFilm.com, an online platform that connects independent filmmakers to the professional community and helps them find an audience for their films. The judges for OpenFilm.com’s 1st Get It Made short film competition included James Caan, Scott Caan, Robert Duvall, and Mark Rydell.
You Be The Judge! 6 Finalists
FYI – I watched these six finalists and before seeing who was the winner, have selected my #1 film out of the six…You can watch these shorts at OpenFilm.com and tell me what you think is the best… I will be posting the “official” winner here later.
“Code Name: Operation Black Thunder” (Edgar Jimz, director – Staten Island, NY) When the intelligence agencies are infiltrated by a terrorist organization and can no longer be trusted, seven disgraced New York City cops are called upon to stop the worst terrorist attack in US history. One cop rises to the challenge and becomes a vigilante who saves us all.
“Dead Cat Bounce” (Daric Gates, director – Burbank, CA) When brokers underestimate the bottom of a falling stock market, the resulting brief rise and subsequent freefall of stocks is called the dead cat bounce. As the global economy verges on disaster, an ambitious broker uncovers a startling secret placing him at odds with the underground society in control of the world market for centuries.
“Hawaiian Ghost Story” (Grant Wheeler, director – Honolulu, HI) This animated adventure tells the story of three best friends who enlist the help of a spiritual guide to rid their home of a terrifying ghost named Namiko. When one of the boys is drawn into the spirit world, his friends must solve the ghost mystery before his stay becomes permanent.
“HELP” (Val Lauren, director – Los Angeles, CA) Follow one man on the night he embarks on a desperate mission to save his dying mother’s life.
“Rosewood” (Marvin Choi, director – Norwalk, CA) Paul is a college student who gets his first job as a part-time dishwasher at an old diner named Rosewood. To survive his first night on the job he must contend with the tyrannical head chef and calloused kitchen staff and learn what it takes to work in a real restaurant.
“Untitled for James” (Ali Tabibnejad, director – Missoula, MT) James’ father was a brilliant inventor who upon his death bequeathed his son an unusual inheritance. If you received a dream generator that allowed you to start over with a clean slate, would you be able to resist?
Be sure to watch them – they last from about 6 minutes to 40 and let me know!!