HSFF 2022 – The Top 5 Films to see at HollyShorts Film Festival

This year this Oscar-qualifying film festival is hybrid, so you can watch the films online or in Hollywood and here are our top picks from the HollyShorts Film Festival this year!

OUR TOP FESTIVAL PICKNorth Star starring Emmy Nominee Colman Domingo and Malcom Gets, directed by P.J. Palmer

Stars: Colman Domingo, Kevin Bacon, Laura Innes, Malcolm Gets and more

North Star

Colman acts his socks off in this must see film which shares the story of a couple who face financial difficulties when one becomes sick, through these hardships the love they shares shines but a relative pushes her hardline views a little too far! This little gem is our top pick and an Oscar contender for sure!


Triggered starring Isiah Whitlock Jr., Caitlin Mehner, Tara Westwood and Robert John Burke. Directed by Tara Westwood


With gun violence something American’s faces daily, this must see films subject is still sadly very relevant. Triggered has a different take on gun violence as a senators home is raided and Isiah Whitlock Jr. will break your heart with his magnificent performance as a dad who has lost his whole family to this awful crime.

Moshari directed by Nuhash Humayun

Stars: Sunerah Binte Kamal and Nairah Onora Saif


MOSHARI is a quality film that manages to intertwine genuinely terrifying vampires with the heartfelt story of two very different sisters’ desperate struggle for survival. This short has jump scares, with forceful performances in a fresh visionary way that Hollywood films have not been able to emulate in recent cinema.

Suppression starring Adam Morse and Gary Beadle, directed by Julia Varvara


Blind actor Adam Morse plays a seeing role in this heart stopping film which shares the story of a damaged psychoanalyst (Gary Beadle) who is forced to look inside himself and face his own demons when detained killer (Adam Morse) gets under his skin. Their spectacular performances will keep your eyes glued to the screen!

Act of God starring Spencer Cook and Tinus Seaux, directed by Spencer Cook and Parker Smith

Act of God

Spencer Cook and Parker Smith’s comedic short questions disability acceptance. This comedic yet touching story of friendship was inspired by their unique bond, they actually met when Parker was Spencer’s caregiver. Act of God is an authentically cast film, with lovely performances that are sure to make you smile.

To view the full list of official selections visit:  https://hollyshorts.com/official_selections_2022 

HollyShorts screenings will take place from August 11-20 at TLC Chinese Theatres, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. 3rd Level, Hollywood, CA, 90028, followed by the annual awards gala on August 20.

For additional information and tickets visit: www.hollyshorts.com

To purchase an All Access Early Bird Badge visit: Hollyshorts2022.eventive.org/passes/buy

About HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) #HSFF2022

The annual Academy Awards® Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival will celebrate its 18th year in August 2022. HollyShorts (HSFF) brings together top creators, industry leaders, and companies and has launched many filmmakers into the next stages of their careers. HollyShorts, regular on MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee list”, also engages its community and spotlights short films year-round through monthly screenings, panels, and networking events. HollyShorts Film Festival will take place in-person between August 11-20th, 2021 at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, with the annual Awards Gala set to take place on August 20th, 2022.

Margaret Brown, Film Business Magazine


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