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HollyShorts Film Festival — an Oscar-qualifying event now in its 16th year — is going virtual this year, scheduled for Nov. 9-15 and showcasing 418 short films.
Helping kick off the festivities will be the premiere of Thompson Farm, a short film directed by Spike Lee’s son, Jackson Lewis Lee. His film, part of the opening night lineup, follows a quiet young man who is compelled by his lucid dreams to stand up to his aggressive, adoptive father, the proprietor of an illegal moonshine business. Jackson Lewis Lee also wrote the short with Julius Pryor and produced alongside Pryor and Marttise Hill of Pryor Hill Productions.
Also included in the opening night program: Yorgos Lanthimos’ NIMIC, Deon Taylor’s 8:46, Elvira Lind’s The Letter Room, Ashley Williams’ Meats, Jonathan Glazer’s The Fall, Zach Woods’ David, Skye Fitzgerald’s Hunger Ward, Rachel Harrison Gordon’s Broken Bird, Stuart Rideout I Wish For You, Kevan Peterson’s Cruel Shoes, Phoebe Tonkin’s Furlough, Sophie Kargman’s Query, Landon Liboiron’s Theo, Stefan Dezil’s Thirst, and Nat Wolff’s Youngest.
Films will screen on the fest’s proprietary streaming platform Bitpix. Per a festival rep, 40 percent of this year’s selections are directed by women. HollyShorts determined the selections from a crop of 6,000 submissions from 110 countries. Passes, the film program and individual tickets are now available for purchase.
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