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Bizzers make short work of showcases

HollyShorts fest kicks off Aug. 5

The biz is going long on shorts.

The HollyShorts Film Festival that kicks off Aug. 5 at the DGA Theater marks the third short film fest held in Hollywood’s backyard this summer. Now in its sixth year, HollyShorts has grabbed the attention of industry players as it assembled its largest-ever sked of 190 entries from 16 countries, which unspool through Aug. 12 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

David Arquette is a contender with “The Butler’s in Love,” which he directed and stars in alongside Thomas Jane, Elizabeth Berkley and Jennifer Siebel. Zachary Quinto directed the satirical “Hostage: A Love Story,” and helmer Kat Coiro recruited Zoe Saldana, Kate Bosworth, Janeane Garofalo and Greg Grunberg to star in “Idiots.”

HollyShorts follows on the heels of another fest based out of the Laemmle Sunset 5, the 14th annual LA Shorts Fest, which concludes Friday. And Palm Springs has groomed one of the world’s most prominent shorts showcases in ShortFest, which featured 314 entries in its 16th edition that ran June 22-28.

Shorts have become a hobby for many industryites in the Internet era, especially as the availability of DV cameras and other equipment has made it easier to do high-quality productions on the fly. For up-and-comers, shorts can often be a calling card for bigger and better things. HollyShorts was founded by industry vets Theo Dumont and Daniel Sol for just that reason.

“The key thing is that we’re in Hollywood,” Sol said. The chance to mingle with execs and creatives “is an opportunity these people can’t get at other venues,” he said.

Among the highlights of the HollyShorts sked is the Aug. 7 screening of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Pecula,” the short that inspired the 2004 laffer.

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