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Haydenfilms Returns as Major Supporter of The 6th Annual 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival

Haydenfilms Returns as Major Supporter of The 6th Annual 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival

Hollywood, California—Haydenfilms, which recently established its non-profit Haydenfilms Institute with offices here and at Reading, Pa., will return as a major supporter of the highly popular and expanding HollyShorts Film Festival.

HollyShorts – will take place here from August 5-12, 2010 and feature a marquee opening night world premiere event, short film and feature film screenings, as well as industry panels and exclusive receptions and parties, according to festival directors Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont.

Hayden Craddolph, president of the Haydenfilms Institute, said that HollyShorts has also agreed to submit entries to its 2010 and 2011 festivals to the next Haydenfilms Institute 5.0 Online Film Festival in the fall of 2012, which will offer a $25,000 grand prize to the best film selected by public voting.

“This is truly a win-win opportunity for both the Haydenfilms Institute and HollyShorts to showcase the world’s best offerings in short films (30 minutes or less). It is especially important to us because the Haydenfilms Online Festival will have a much greater number of global entries to consider.” Last year’s HollyShorts event drew 750 entries from 25 countries.

For more details on entering the Haydenfilms Institute’s 2012 Online Festival, visit

On the heels of 2009’s most successful HollyShorts Film Festival to date–which featured participation from such stars and filmmakers as Demi Moore, Kirsten Dunst, Darren Lew, Eli Roth, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Joel Moore, and Tom Everett Scott—Sol and Dumont said the official deadline to submit U.S. and international short films for 2010 festival is April 16, 2010. The late deadline is May 14.

Submissions must be 30 minutes or less. Categories include live action, animation, documentary, student, webisode and music video. HollyShorts also has a discounted category for student projects.

Submissions can now be completed directly online by visiting or by submitting on Withoutabox directly at is also available through the HollyShorts hotline at 818-760-9897 818-760-9897 or by email to

At the 5th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival in August 2009, top honors for Best Short Film went to “La Petite Lilia,” directed by Reda Mustafa. Mustafa took home a prize package from Clifton Production Services which included a RED ONE digital cinema package valued up to $5,000.00, while Johnny Gill took home a $10,000 cash prize for the Haydenfilms 4.0 Online Film Festival contest for his short film “My Turtle’s Name is Dudley.” Mustafa also won the grand prize in the 3.0 Haydenfilms Online Festival.

Last year, Haydenfilms also presented its first Indie Film Visionary Award to Eli Roth, who co-starred in “Inglorious Basterds.” Following the screening of Roth’s director’s cut of “Cabin Fever” at the 2009 HollyShorts Festival, he was able to release the cut on Blu Ray Disc, which is now being sold in stores. Haydenfilms will present the Indie Film Visionary Award this year.

About Haydenfilms:
Founded in 2001 by Craddolph, Haydenfilms began as an independent film production and distribution company with the mission of fostering an online network of indepndent and student filmmakers and giving them the support and resources necessary for success. In 2005, Craddolph introduced his film festival, one of the first online and the only one offering a $10,000 grand prize.This year, Craddolph won approval to establish the non-profit Haydenfilms Institute with offices on the West and East coasts. It is expected that tax deductible contributions and grants will enable Haydenfilms Institute to greatly expand its educational, networking and other programs for independent filmmakers and short films.

About HollyShorts
Ranked by Moviemaker Magazine as “one of the top film festivals worth the entry fee,” HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums.