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 PICK – North 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 Colman acts his socks … Continue reading HSFF 2022 – The Top 5 Films to see at HollyShorts Film Festival

TRIBECA – Director Ellie Heydon “It was a great to be a part of – we spent a LOT of the shoot trying to stifle laughter.”

Director Ellie Heydon and writer Lucy Heath‘s PRAGMA is Executive Produced by Emmy Winner Jason Sudeikis, starring SAG Award Winners Nick Mohammed and Phil Dunster, alongside Lucy Heath. This short has taken on a more algorithmic take on love. Each couple partakes in a week’s worth of hilariously intense practical compatibility assessments to find them their most suited “life partner”. PRAGMA will be world premiering at Tribeca Film … Continue reading TRIBECA – Director Ellie Heydon “It was a great to be a part of – we spent a LOT of the shoot trying to stifle laughter.”

FRAUD Director Zen Pace “Both Shira and Andre are full, complicated human beings, and both Dana and Babak were able to bounce off each other and create layered meaning within the story”

Director Zen Pace’s debut narrative short FRAUD starring Dana Aliya Levinson (STARZ’s American Gods) and Babak Tafti (Showtime’s Super Pumped), subverts the crime thriller genre by centering marginalized characters grappling with identity, love, and immigrant experiences. Levinson also wrote this timely tale. The Tribeca Film Festival is FRAUD’s World Premiere and the film is screening in competition. First of all I would like to congratulate … Continue reading FRAUD Director Zen Pace “Both Shira and Andre are full, complicated human beings, and both Dana and Babak were able to bounce off each other and create layered meaning within the story”

THE WAKE Director Luis Gerard “I read about the number of mass shootings in the US, so I thought of writing a film that revolved around the subject, but I wanted to do it from a different angle, a simpler one.”

Luis Gerard‘s THE WAKE shares the story of a young deaf boy Martin (played by Zander Colbeck-Bhola) who looks up to his older brother and follows him, even at times when he shouldn’t. Zander Colbeck-Bhola comes from a large deaf family. All the cast learnt sign language for this film. This is truly an amazing film. What was the inspiration behind this timely short? I wrote … Continue reading THE WAKE Director Luis Gerard “I read about the number of mass shootings in the US, so I thought of writing a film that revolved around the subject, but I wanted to do it from a different angle, a simpler one.”

Sissy Director Eitan Pitigliani “Realizing that my mom as well as all our loved ones, are not gone for good at all, and even if they’re not physically here and we don’t see them, they live within us”

The award-winning Writer/Director Eitan Pitigliani’s SISSY was inspired by his own personal story of losing his mother. This heart-wrenching tale shares the story of Luca (Vincenzo Vivenzio) and the young girl (Dea Lanzaro), played by a 7-year-old little girl, who was the one that saved the director’s life after his mother’s passing. SISSY is her debut screen role.  I understand this must have been a deeply … Continue reading Sissy Director Eitan Pitigliani “Realizing that my mom as well as all our loved ones, are not gone for good at all, and even if they’re not physically here and we don’t see them, they live within us”