The King of Indie Animation set to debut his latest short film, ‘Footprints,’ during the festival’s Opening Night celebration along with footage from his latest feature, ‘Cheatin’.
Hollywood -- The King of Indie Animation Bill Plympton will be a headliner at the upcoming 10th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival’s opening night celebration on Thursday, August 14, where he will be the recipient of the festival’s Indie Animation Icon Award. Plympton will also premiere his new short film Footprints and show footage from his upcoming animated feature film Cheatin’ which is receiving a one-week theatrical run in Los Angeles on Friday, August 15. The HollyShorts Film Festival’s opening night celebration takes place at the TCL Chinese Theater and will be hosted by Erin Darling (AMC’s Movie Talk). The festival runs August 14-23 at the TCL Chinese Theater and Roosevelt Hotel.
For his latest feature Cheatin’ Plympton personally hand-drew the 40,000 frames, and created a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100,000 to help finance the production of the film.
HollyShorts has raised the stakes on its Animation category for this year’s festival. In addition to the Plympton Award, the festival recently announced that Oscar winner and animation icon Joan C. Gratz and Arlene Klasky co-founder of Klasky Csupo (Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys) are both serving on this year's jury for the Animation category.
HollyShorts has achieved records across the board. Starting with its famed monthly screening series, which expanded beyond Los Angeles and into Miami, Austin and New York, the festival received well over 1,600 submissions for the August mega-festival. The organizers have accepted and programed a fest record 400 short movies. Filmmakers from Canada, France, Spain, Mexico, the UK, Italy, Haiti, UK, Ireland, Israel and South Africa will transcend to Hollywood in the coming weeks all for HollyShorts. Film schools such as USC, UCLA, Chapman, Florida State, NYU, Columbia, Tisch Asia, NYFA and AFI are all represented with official selections.
HollyShorts is also awarding nearly $200,000 worth of production and scholarship prizes. Company 3 is awarding $45,000 in Post-Production Services including $15,000 for the Best Short, $10,000 For Best Director, $10,000 for Best Cinematographer $5,000 For Best Music Video and $5,000 in Post services for Best Commercial. Method Studios will award a $10,000 Post-Production Services Prize for Best VFX. Latino Art Beat (LAB) and HollyShorts Youth Film Competition celebrating young filmmakers’ will award the winning young filmmaker a $40,000 scholarship prize to attend The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). Sponsors also include UCLA Extension, NYFA, ShortsHD among others.
HollyShorts tickets and the festival’s full schedule are currently available at www.hollyshorts.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.