It’s time for the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and an official press release was just sent out revealing the film roster for this year’s event. The programming includes features, documentaries, shorts and music videos from around the world, including films from Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Uganda, the United Kingdom and of course, the United States.
Take a look at this year’s films…
This year’s lineup includes The Assistants, a film by Steve Morris about Hollywood assistants trying to make their own movie, starring Joe Mantegna, Jane Seymour, Stacy Keach and Chris Conner; South Korea’s 2009 Academy Award Foreign Language submission Crossing, directed by Kim Tae-kyun and based on true accounts of North Korean defectors; Formosa Betrayed, a film by Adam Kane starring James Van Der Beek, Wendy Crewson, John Heard, Tzi Ma and Will Tiao, based on the murder of a professor at a small Midwestern college; Not Since You, directed by Jeff Stephenson, a romantic drama about a tight-knit group of college friends who graduated from NYU the year of 9/11 and reunite years later for a weekend wedding; and Last Day of Summer by Vlad Yudin and starring Nikki Reed, DJ Qualls and William Sadler, spotlighting a fast-food employee who has reached his breaking point from being harassed and tormented by his boss.
Documentaries include Garbage Dreams by Mai Iskander, a moving story of young Egyptian men searching for ways to eke out a living for their families and facing tough choices as they try to do the right thing for the planet; Neshoba, by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano, about a Mississippi town trying to come to terms with its violent racist past; No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos, by James Chressanthis, about the lives of renowned cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond from their escape from Hungary during the 1956 Soviet invasion to the present; and War Dance Returns, by Sean Fine, about the return to Uganda to screen the 2008 film “War Dance” for the members of Patongo, the community documented in the film.
The screenings will take place from October 23rd – 25th at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, and will open with the feature Another Harvest Moon, a sensitive drama about four elderly Americans, directed by Greg W. Swartz.
Also, the festival has announced the nominees for this year’s Hollywood Movie Awards. They include:
- 500 Days of Summer, directed by Marc Webb
- District 9, directed by Neill Blomkamp;
- G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra, directed by Stephen Sommers
- The Hangover, directed by Todd Phillips;
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, directed by David Yates
- The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow
- Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino
- Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, directed by Michael Bay
- Up, directed by Pete Docter.
The winner of the 2009 Awards will be decided by public voting at the Yahoo! Movies website (http://movies.yahoo.com/hollywood-movie-awards) and will be announced at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on October 26th.
Are you interested in attending this year’s festival?