The 2013 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, now it its 17th year, will showcase 280 short films. The films are arranged into 44 programs, which will screen September 5-12, at the Laemmle Theatre in North Hollywood, California.
This year’s shorts features film and television stars: Elijah Wood (TOME OF THE UNKNOWN), Christopher Lloyd (THE COIN), Cate Blanchett (A CAUTIONARY TAIL), Sally Kellerman (JOAN’S DAY OUT), Tara Lynne Barr (JOAN’S DAY OUT), Betsy Franco (JOAN’S DAY OUT), Jason Ritter (THE GOLDFISH), Steven Michael Quezada (RED CLAY), John Ratzenberger (LOCAL COMMERCIAL), Gerard Depardieu (FRANK-ETIENNE), Ian McKellen (THE EGG TRICK), George Takei (THE MISSING SCARF), Missi Pyle (BAKERSFIELD, EARTH), Michael Richards (WALK THE LIGHT), Betsy Brandt (THE PROFESSOR), Rumer Willis (SIX LETTER WORD), Rufus Sewell (THE BRUNCHERS), Natalie Dormer (THE BRUNCHERS), the band Grouplove (WAYS TO GO), Katharine Ross (WINI + GEORGE), Rutger Hauer (TURN), Lee Meriwether (REMEMBER TO BREATHE), and Jim Broadbent (THE PHONE CALL).
The Festival also includes a number of award winning directors such as Louis D’Esposito (AGENT CARTER), Catherine Dent (SILK) and Ralph Macchio (ACROSS GRACE ALLEY), but will also screen short films from Marvel (AGENT CARTER), Cartoon Network (TOME OF THE UNKNOWN), RSA (THE PHONE CALL, KISMET DINER), Partizan (SHUNPO, MANIAC, THE GETAWAY), The Mill (THE CARETAKER), and Stink TV (LITTLE SECRET).
Throughout the festival, the selected short films are organized into programs covering a variety of genres: adventure, animation, comedy, documentary, drama, horror and sci-fi- and themes such as love, family, friendship, conflict, suspense, religion, and art.
Winners in six categories will automatically become eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for a possible Academy Award nomination. More recently, LA Shorts Fest gained accreditation from AMPSA in Short Subject Documentary. Over the course of 17 years, LA Shorts Fest has presented 44 films that have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations. Winners will be announced at the festival’s closing night on September 12, 2013.