"For the Birds," Pixar's new short film, has been selected to open the 2nd Hollywood Shorts on Sunday, October 8, 2000. The film enjoyed its world premiere at the Annecy Film Festival in France in June and bowed in the U.S. at the 27th annual Siggraph conference in July. "For the Birds" director Ralph Eggleston will be in attendance and participate in the filmmakers' panel after the screening. Hollywood Shorts is an industry showcase that introduces outstanding filmmakers to L.A.'s film and television community via monthly screenings. Hollywood Shorts also serves as a resource of available scripts, pilots, pitches and short films/animation available for acquisition and licensing from the selected filmmakers and writers showcased each month. The festival will be celebrating its 2nd Anniversary with a filmmaker reunion, bringing together filmmakers and production teams honored over the past 12 months followed by the Hollywood Shorts Film Showcase. The screening will present seven award-winning short films and animation and close the evening with a Filmmaker Panel and Q&A, moderated by Thomas Ethan Harris, Head of Programming, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. For more information, contact Kimberley Browning, Festival Director, tel.: (323) 960-3385 ext. 2.