HollyShorts Reveals Virtual Festival Lineup (Exclusive)

Laura Merians

Star-heavy shorts featuring Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons and Will Ferrell are set to stream at the pandemic-era 16th edition.

The Hollyshorts Film Festival is the latest cinephile gathering to head online amid the coronavirus pandemic as around 300 titles will screen virtually as part of its 2020 edition on Bitpix in November.

The star-heavy slate of films for the 16th edition include the animated short Cruel Shoes, written and narrated by Steve Martin; I Wish For You, featuring Jeremy Irons; the Will Ferrell, William Jackson Harper and Fred Hechinger comedy David, directed by Zach Woods; and Deon Taylor’s 8:46, starring Tyrese Gibson and CeeLo Green.

Other short films booked into Hollyshorts include The Price of Cheap Rent, starring Wyatt Cenac and directed by Amina Sutton and Maya Tanaka; Eli Synder’s Interlude, starring Skylan Brooks; the high school drama At Last, directed by Lorena Gordon and toplined by George Lopez; Hanna star Esmé Creed-Miles’ directorial debut Jamie; and Freeze, by director Maya Albanese and starring Nora Zehetner and Adrian Grenier.

The 2020 competition lineup includes In Hollywoodland, starring Yetide Badaki and Karen David; the Francia Raisa-starring Second Act; Morad Mostafa’s drama Henet Ward; Eagle, featuring The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr.; the sci-fi short Proxy; Chloe Campion’s documentary The Race; the comedic miniseries Louey & Bri, starring Luis Guzman and Bri Smith; Ashley Williams’ directorial debut Meats; Sex Education director Alice Seabright’s comedy End-O; Furlough, from The Originals’ Phoebe Tonkin; and the animated short Kapaemahu.

The virtual HollyShorts Film Festival will take place Nov. 9 to 15, 2020.