Stage 32 + 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival - Events All Week!

Posted by Amanda Toney

We have an exciting week of events lined up at the HollyShorts Film Festival beginning this Friday! If you are in or around the Los Angeles area, you are more than welcome to come join us for any one or all of our special Stage 32 panels, parties and screenings! 

"HollyShorts is the benchmark most up-and-comers are striving for - and the festival is impressively dedicated to advancing the careers of its filmmakers", says Daniel Sol, Co-Founder of HollyShorts. "We are equally impressed, dedicated and also thrilled in our partnership with Stage 32, the only platform worldwide that is connecting and educating filmmakers through it's social network and incredibly supportive community. Through this exciting alliance, we pledge to enable the learning and continued success of all filmmakers, worldwide."

"Stage 32's continued mission is to provide film creatives across the globe opportunity, access and education designed to advance their careers", says Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto. "We are thrilled to partner with Hollyshorts and are excited to share in their continued commitment toward helping filmmakers shorten their path to success."


How to Brand, Market and Build an Audience using Social Media and Marketing Hustle


Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Roosevelt Hotel 
Academy Room
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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LIVE EVENT: A Fire Side Chat with Indie Film Hustle and


You’ve got an amazing script, now what? The first step is to identify your audience and create a brand for yourself that you can leverage when crowdfunding or selling your film. Once your film is done, the next step is marketing and promotion. Join us for a fireside chat with Writer -Director and Indie Film Hustle founder, Alex Ferrari, and RB Blotto, founder, as they offer best practices on building an audience, creating a brand, marketing yourself and your film, and finally, getting the word out via social media, which is crucial to your success. A cocktail party will follow for ticket holders!


Alex Ferrari – Founder, Indie Film Hustle

Richard “RB” Botto – Founder & CEO, Stage 32

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Opening Night Keynote Featuring Legendary AD, Jason Roberts


Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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LIVE EVENT: A Keynote Address by Jason Roberts, DGA AD, moderated by Richard Botto, CEO of

Cocktail party to follow for ticket holders


Legendary AD and Stage 32 instructor Jason Roberts (1st AD for Michael Bay, Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Doug Liman, Rupert Sanders, Alexander Payne, Seth MacFarlane and more) will be talking about the current state of the industry and what it takes to break in. Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto will moderate a discussion. 


Jason Roberts – DGA Assistant Director

Richard “RB” Botto – Founder & CEO, Stage 32


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Closing Night! Stage 32 Short Film Program @ Harmony Gold


Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 5:00pm (red carpet) 6:00pm - 7:30pm (screening)
Harmony Gold Theater
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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LIVE EVENT: Red Carpet: 5:00pm, Screening: 6:00pm - come meet the Stage 32 team & short film program filmmakers! Cocktail reception to follow screening for ticket holders. 


Stage 32 is honored to present to you the 2nd Stage 32 Short Film Program at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives who judged our First Annual Short Film Contest and features 7 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. 

You are taking part in a unique and exclusive event. Following the screening will be a live Q&A with our Founder & CEO, Richard Botto, and our filmmakers. Once again, congratulations to all the filmmakers and the Stage 32 team looks forward to meeting you at the screening!


Congratulations To The 2017 Stage 32 Short Film Program Filmmakers:

  • “Must Escape” directed by Vadyam Shapran (Ukraine) – A man discovers he’s the protagonist in a cliché, short student film and struggles to get out of it.
  • “Sisters” directed by Taylor Shortall (US) – Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, "Sisters" is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera.
  • “Monsters” directed by Steve Desmond (US) – Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…
  • “Eliza” directed by Mikko Lopponen (Finland) – When a vicious drug gang discovers they’ve been infiltrated by an undercover cop, they move in killing him and leaving his wife stranded – little did they know that they just signed their own death warrants.
  • “Dryad” directed by Thomas Vernay Cumulus (France) – The wind blows and lightning approaches ominously, while a knight escorts a damsel through the woods. He can sense the end is near.
  • "The Light in the Afternoon" directed by David Steiner (France) - He had no family, no father, no model. No one had told him life was just... that. When he ran into her after 7 years, she suggested it.

  • “Six Letter Word” directed by Lisanne Sartor (US) – An unlikely mother is forced to come to terms her young son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one her johns.


To see the ENTIRE jam-packed Hollyshorts Film Festival lineup, click here!


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