Emerging Filmmakers Program

HOLLYWOOD SHORTS launched the EMERGING FILMMAKERS PROGRAM (EFP) in 2001 to extend support and production education, services and mentoring resources beyond the monthly fest and the annual Spotlight festivals. All filmmakers and animators whose films are selected for screening at HS are eligible to participate in our EFP for free.  All other filmmakers are able to take advantage of our program for nominal fees.

With the first production of Jordan Freid’s short film NOTE COME DUE, starring Shawn Michael Howard, Phina Oruche, Thom Berry and Terence Evans, the
HS/EFP was born.  Since then, the HS/EFP has worked with hundreds of filmmakers on their short films and first feature film productions.

In 2010, HS/EFP expanded with more extensive programs, including the launch of the CINEMATOGRAPHER’S LAB in partnership with Panavision.  To celebrate Hollywood Shorts 15th season, the new ACTORS LAB was launched in March 2013.



Feature Film Development
Film Festival Strategy
Career Coaching








Apr 11 – IFFLA 2015 Shorts Program #2 – Arclight Cinema

Hollywood Shorts is the Presenting Sponsor of IFFLA’s Shorts Program #2. Join us April 11 at the Arclight. Films by Pratyusha Gupta, Sonali Gulati & more…

May 1: Making & Promoting Your Short Film webinar – RAINDANCE LA

MAY 1: Kimberley returns as guest speaker at the RAINDANCE LA live webinar with host Julia Verdin. They will be exploring all things short film. Click here to register…

Submit Your Film for Season #17!

Time to submit your new films and animation! Submission Deadline is August 29.

Venue renovation! Dim Mak Studios is now THE ATTIC

Dim Mak Studios is now ROOM 86… and the screening room is getting a makeover!

AFIFEST 2013 announces Short Film lineup

AFI FEST 2013 announces their Short Film official selections. Pictured: WILD HORSES directed by Stephanie Martin & Jessica Walsh.

ACTING FOR CAMERA Lab w/ Michael Bond – Sundays – Jet Studios

Actors work on camera with film director Michael Bond. In depth scene study with feedback from a director’s point of view.

Cinematography Lab 1.04: GET THE BEST IMAGE FROM YOUR CAMERA – May 7

Go inside the camera to learn what all those menu functions really mean – and how to make them work for you.

HOLLYWOOD SHORTS returns to IFFLA – Apr 9 – Arclight

We are the Presenting Host of Indian Film Festival of LA’s SHORT FILM PROGRAM #2. Join us between April 9 – 14th at the Arclight.

Tribeca Film Festival selects 60 short films for 2013

The year’s line up features 30 World Premieres from 19 countries

Cinematography Lab 1.03 – LIGHTING FROM HOME DEPOT – Apr 2

Learn the secrets of excellent lighting on a micro-budget!

ACTING FOR CAMERA Lab w/ Michael Bond – Mar 10 – Jet Studios

Our new ACTING FOR CAMERA Lab with director Michael Bond continues on March 10th! Click here to sign up…

Cinematography Lab 1.02 – DEMYSTIFYING DIGITAL – Mar 5

Increase your understanding of high definition formats & codecs, make more informed decisions about which format and which camera is best for your next production.

Cinematography Lab 1.01: THE FUNDAMENTALS – Feb 5

The Fundamentals of Cinematography demystified the lingo of your cinematographer, and explores the power of today’s digital cameras and how they work.

Cinematography Lab 1.06: FLAVORS OF DIGITAL IMAGE – Nov 27

JAY HOLBEN covers a wide range of digital cinematography issues that filmmakers should know: understanding Color Space, Raw format vs. Codec, Digital ISO, and more!


Kevin Smith’s cinematographer David Klein, ASC, high-speed wizard Jim Matlosz & reality tv veteran Mark W. Petersen will share insight into the cinematographers’ process.

HOLLYWOOD SHORTS wraps up our 14th year….

Join us to celebrate the start of our 15th year! Check out some pics from our August screening!

Panavision Cinematography Lab 1.04: LENSES 101 – Jul 10

Our July Panavision Lab covers the world of movie camera lenses!! Instructor: Jay Holben, Technical Editor, DV magazine. Click here to register online.

Cinematography Lab 1.03 – GETTING THE BEST IMAGE – June 12

Go inside the camera to learn what all those menu functions really mean – and how to make them work for you. Instructor: JAY HOLBEN, Technical Editor, DV Magazine


HOLLYWOOD SHORTS’ Kimberley Browning will be a guest panelist! Seminar covering the expanding world of Short Film.

Cinematography Lab 1.02 at Panavision – THE FLAVORS OF HD – May 2

Learn how to evaluate and choose the best HD camera for your production! We will demystify the technical lingo and understand the differences between today’s wide range of gear.

Cinematography Lab 1.05: LIGHTING FROM HOME DEPOT – Apr 26

Learn how to achieve high production value lighting results with everyday tools you can find at your local hardware store. Instructor: JAY HOLBEN

Cinematography Lab 1.01 – Apr. 4th

Learn the art, aesthetics and science of cinematography! Explore how the new technology is evolving that way we shoot.

Cinematography Lab 1.04: Camera Lenses & Accessories – Mar. 7

Register for our camera lab at Panavision. Learn how to build a film camera package and get to know the ins and outs of lenses!

Cinematography Lab 1.03: Panavision Hollywood – Jan. 19

Jay Holben takes us on a journey inside the camera to learn what all those menu functions mean – and how to make them work for you. REGISTER ONLINE here…

DIY No Budget Filmmaker Workshop starts – Jan. 10

Writer/Director JOE LIPARI leads ImprovOlympic’s new Filmmaking workshop! 20% Discount for HOLLYWOOD SHORTS members.

Happy New Year from HOLLYWOOD SHORTS!

Wishing you a prosperous and creative New Year!


Season’s Greetings to all of our filmmakers, friends and family. Wishing you all a joyous holiday!

Cinematography Lab 1.02 – Panavision – Dec. 8

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CINEMATOGRAPHY – Instructor: Jay Holben. Thursday, December 8 at Panavision Hollywood. Register online here…

Call for Films: 5th African American ShortsFest

We are now accepting entries for our annual festival at the American Cinematheque. FINAL DEADLINE is December 18th.

Cinematography Lab 1.01 – Nov. 2th at Panavision

Join us for our inaugural Cinematographers Lab led by JAY HOLBEN, kicking off our new Filmmaking Seminar & Panel series.

Short Film Program #9 – Sept. 17

SARAH DE LA ISLA stars in Anna Simone Scott’s THE AERIAL GIRL

Emerging Cinematographer Awards at the DGA – Sept 25

Meet the finalists of this year’s ECA’s – screenings and reception at DGA on Sept. 25th!

Short Film Program #8 – Aug 28th – SUMMER FILMMAKER PARTY

Lisa Jay stars in TRANQUILITY, INC. Writer/Director Jamie Neese & Producer/DP Jay Holben

CERTIFIED U.S. Premiere on Aug. 13 in LA

CERTIFIED director Luke Guidici & actress Rebecca Spicher at HollyShorts Opening Night

Meet The Filmmakers: May 2011

Get to know the filmmakers and animators honored at our May short film program.

INTERVIEW: Post Sound Tips- Eric Lalicata & Dan Snow, Anarchy Post

A discussion with ANARCHY POST’s Emmy winning sound editor ERIC LALICATA & Head of Operations DAN SNOW. Tips for indie filmmakers for great post sound production.

FILMMAKER IN BOX offers unique look at microbudget filmmaking

FILMMAKER IN A BOX is a behind-the-scenes case study in micro-budget filmmaking, created by Jay Holben & Ryan Harper.

SEMINAR: Navigating the Film Festival World, March 24 & 31

Thomas Ethan Harris leads us through the maze of today’s Film Festival Circuit!

Meet The Filmmakers – February 2011

Check out this year’s honored filmmakers celebrated this month at our 4th African American ShortsFest at the American Cinematheque. (Pictured: Ya’Ke Smith, KATRINA’S SON)

SEMINAR: In The Cut – Employing The Art of Editing

Thomas Ethan Harris leads a seminar on the Art of Editing. A look at editing technique in classic cinema, and a “How-To” in pushing your storytelling boundaries through innovative editing.

Jay Holben’s new DIY lighting manual hits bookstores!

A SHOT IN THE DARK: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget hits a bookstore near you.

Meet The Filmmakers – January 2011

Learn more about a few of the filmmakers featured at our January screening. (Pictured: Luke Asa Guidici)


Rashaad Ernesto Green crosses the bridge from shorts to his feature film debut of GUN HILL ROAD at Sundance 2011.


Congratulations to this year’s picks for this February’s fest! Check ’em out…


Moderator: THOMAS ETHAN HARRIS. Panelists: Kimberley Browning & Andrew Crane

Meet The Filmmakers – November 2010

Allison Craig, M. Keegan Uhl, Andrew Wilding, Sean Gannet, George Hickenlooper

SUMMER SHOOT 2010 – September 18

LUKE GUIDICI directs his short film CERTIFIED starring Rebecca Spicher, Thomas Garner, Therese Lentz & Tim Brennen.

HS/EFP launches Cinematographer’s Lab

HOLLYWOOD SHORTS’ new CINEMATOGRAPHERS LAB starts this Sept., taught by filmmaker/cinematographer JAY HOLBEN, Tech Editor of DV MAGAZINE & regular contributor for AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER MAGAZINE.

Bob Ray tours new doc TOTAL BADASS

BOB RAY’S DOWN AND DIRTY FILM TOUR hits California, featuring his new feature documentary TOTAL BADASS, and a collection of his CRASHTOONS animated shorts.

THE LEGACY wins Best Film Award at Comic-Con!

Director MIKE DOTO and his cast & crew of his new super-hero short film THE LEGACY screens at COMIC-CON’s film festival, and picks up BEST COMICS-RELATED FILM Award.

ON SET w/ Skye Rentals: Repeater vs. Base Station

Whats the best set up for your onset walkies? A Base Station is used as a central location, from which an amplified signal is broadcast to a network of walkies. A Repeater is used as a connection between two or more distant or obstructed points in a network. Which is best for your production?

CASTING CALL: Auditions for SUPREMACY – May 8th

CASTING CALL: Auditions for SUPREMACY, our next film, will be held on Saturday May 8th. SAG Short Film contract. Shoot date: June 5, 2010. Submit your headshots and resumes to the HOLLYWOOD SHORTS Casting department.

SEEING RED – Red Camera Workshop at SHOWBIZ EXPO – April 23/24

SEEING RED! Everything you wanted to know about shooting on the RED Camera. RED CAMERA WORKSHOP moderated by JAY HOLBEN. Register to attend SHOWBIZ EXPO!

Michael Landers’ debut feature PEACOCK premieres!

Michael Lander’s debut feature film PEACOCK – Release April 20th. Starring Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine and Bill Pullman.


WELCOME TO THE NEW HOLLYWOOD SHORTS WEBSITE! As you can see, we are quickly uploading our new look, and we will have tons of new nuggets of film goodness shortly.

SUMMER SHOOT 2010 – The Marrying Kind

HOLLYWOOD SHORTS has selected THE MARRYING KIND as Summer Shoot 2010 Production. Written by DAVID GARVER and BRIAN O’HARE, the production will be directed by Brian O’Hare.

MIKE DOTO goes to Cannes with THE LEGACY

CONGRATULATIONS to director MIKE DOTO, and his cast and crew, on the completion of production on his heartwarming short film THE LEGACY.

OLD SCHOOL NEW SCHOOL panel with doc filmer Steven Fischer

Documentary filmmaker Steven Fischer continues to film his conversations with the MASTERS of a wide array of artists, from film, theatre, dance and literature. His exploration of CREATIVITY pursues the questions of what it is, how you get it, and how you take care of it once your have discovered it.

INVENTORS – Summer Shoot 2009

KIRK NELSON & JOEL WRONA co-wrote and will co-direct their short film project INVENTORS as part of our SUMMER SHOOT 2009. Cast: Mat Wright, Ryan Carlberg, Amelia Morck, Jane Anne Thomas