Film Fests x 5: Hollyshorts, Jane Fonda at TCFF, Blackstar, LBIFF, Mo Tiff

Game of Shorts: Nearly 400 shorts will compete for prizes at the 14th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival, Aug. 9-18 at TCL Chinese Theater; Lisa Edelstein‘s “Unzipping,” Jesse Bradford’s “The Day of Matthew Montgomery,” and films featuring “Game of Thrones” stars are on the bill (Hollywood Reporter; related coverage via Broadway World).

When Jane Met Michael: Vietnam War veterans protested Jane Fonda‘s appearance Wednesday at the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), where she made appearances to promote the HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts. She accepted the fest’s lifetime achievement award, and appeared on a politics-oriented panel with filmmaker Michael Moore, founder of the northern Michigan fest (WaPo).

Black Films Matter: African-American cinema is celebrated at the Blackstar Film Festival; the seventh edition, Aug. 2-5, features 82 features, documentaries, short films, and experimental films from 18 countries (Philly Voice; related coverage via Vogue, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Hollywood’s Black Renaissance).

See the movies by the sea: The Long Beach (NY) International Film Festival‘s seventh edition offers Dianne Dreyer’s “Change in the Air” and 7 other features, 8 documentaries, and 36 shorts; LBIFF runs Aug. 1-4 (Long Island Herald).

Reel Polar: The Mo Tif Film Festival debuts in Fairbanks, Alaska this weekend, Aug. 3-5; categories include Alaska, experimental, short, feature, documentary, animation, music video and mobile production (Daily News-Miner).

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