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Hollyshorts to Present 2018 HollyShorts Film Festival Indie Maverick Award to Anthony Hemingway

Hollyshorts to Present 2018 HollyShorts Film Festival Indie Maverick Award to Anthony Hemingway

Prolific helmer Anthony Hemingway will be the recipient of the 2018 HollyShorts Film Festival Indie Maverick Award. He will be presented the Award during the festival's opening night celebration this Thursday August 9 at the TCL Chinese Theater. Past HollyShorts Indie Maverick honorees include Paul Haggis, David Lynch, Eli Roth, Joe Carnahan and Matthew Modine. The festival's opening night celebration will be hosted by Ben Lyons host of 'The Oscars: All Access' for and ABC News.

Anthony Hemingway is on a hot streak, he's one of the most sought after TV Director/Producers. He recently helmed the first episode of USA Network's and Syfy's The Purge series, based on the horror film franchise of the same name. The show hails from Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Television. He received critical acclaim for Directing and executive producing UNSOLVED: THE MURDERS OF TUPAC AND THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. anthology series for USA Network. His other directing/EP credits include Emmy-winning AMERICAN CRIME Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Underground, Treme, and The Wire among others.

As previously announced, HollyShorts opening night will feature English actress Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) who will premiere her short film RUN (Directed by Alex Lanipekun). Joining Emmanuel on opening night will be Mark Lobatto's short STEALING SILVER which stars Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones, Lisa Edelstein's (The Girlfriend's Guide) short film UNZIPPING, Jesse Bradford's (Shooter) short film THE DAY OF MATTHEW MONTGOMERY, Jocelyn Stamat's short film LABORATORY CONDITIONS, Carlson Young's (MTV's Scream) short THE BLAZING WORLD and JAMESON, a short film written by John Humber.

Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival's top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year's festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.


HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode,VR, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

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