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 Use Your Short Film As Proof of Concept & Get Noticed

Friday, August 12, 7:00PM
7080 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90068

RSVP: Ticket link

LIVE EVENT: Panel presented by Film LA and Stage 32

Cocktail party to follow for ticket holders

Stage 32 is honored to bring a panel to the Hollyshorts Film Festival that focuses on how to use your short film as a proof of concept and what you can do as a filmmaker to get noticed. During the conversation, we will cover the current market for short films so you are prepared for what lies ahead. We will go over case studies of successful short films, as well as various avenues for exposure including platforms like Vimeo, Stage 32, Youtube and social media like Twitter, Instagram and more. We'll go over what makes a great, marketable short and how to leverage that into longer form projects. After the panel ticket holders are invited to a Stage 32 cocktail party!


Richard Botto - Stage 32 CEO, Screenwriter

Tyler Ruggeri - Writer, Producer

Tim Birkhofer - Producer, Director

JT Mollner - HollyShorts Alumni, Writer-Director

Joseph Ksander- Screenwriter, Director

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

Tuesday, August 16, 7:00PM
7080 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90068

RSVP: Ticket link

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

Cocktail party to follow for ticket holders

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!

Talky Talkersons:

Alex Ferrari – Founder, Indie Film Hustle

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

Stage 32 & Film LA Special Event
LIVE Streamed Panel - Navigate Filming in LA: Incentives, Locations & more!

Thursday August 18, 2:30PM
Online webcast

RSVP Link: Register here

LIVE STREAMED PANEL: Navigate Filming in LA: Incentives, Locations & more!

Presented by Film LA and Stage 32

Los Angeles has become a hotbed of film and television activity due to the tripling of the state’s tax credit. In this keynote panel we will discuss how you, as a creative, can navigate LA, Access Tax Incentives, reduce costs, find great locations and go over various case studies with our esteemed panelists. Make your film with the most experienced cast, crew and the best vendors in the entertainment capital of the world. Refreshments served.



Richard "RB" Botto, – Founder & CEO, Stage 32

Kevin James - Film Czar, California Mayor’s Office of Film and Television

Paul Audley – President, Film LA

Daniel Sol – Co-Founder HollyShorts

JT Mollner - HollyShorts Alumni, Writer-Director “Outlaws and Angels” (Sundance, 2016)

Aaron Wolf - HollyShorts Alumni, Writer-Director "TAR"

Stage 32 Short Film Program @ Harmony Gold

Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:00 PM
Harmony Gold Theater
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

RSVP: Ticket Link

Pre-reception cocktail hour from 4:45pm - 5:45pm - come meet the Stage 32 team & short film program filmmakers!

Stage 32 is honored to present to you the inaugural Stage 32 Short Film Program at the 2016 Hollyshorts Film Festival. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives who judged our First Annual Short Film Contest and features 6 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. This is the same program that played at the Raindance Film Festival in London and the Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Frontiera in Sicily and is now premiering for the first time in the U.S. at the Hollyshorts Film Festival!

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!

The Stage 32 Short Film Program Winners:

  • Ark Greg Jonkajtys (Poland)
  • This Modern Man is Beat - David J Schroeder (Miami, FL USA)
  • Low FiAlejandro Montoya (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
  • The Voice In The HeadCyrus Trafford (London, UK)
  • Anxious Oswald GreeneMarshall Axani (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Killer – WINNER - Matt Kazman (Brooklyn, NY, USA) 


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


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