(The festival is no longer affiliated with the glitzy Hollywood Film Awards, which De Abreu sold to Dick Clark Productions in 2013. No date for what would be the ceremony's 19th annual show has been released yet).
As a result, a lot of the films in this year’s festival -- 20 features, 27 documentaries and 38 shorts -- don’t have recognizable titles. The opening night film, a comedic musical called “Pearly Gates,” boasts some stars -- Uzo Aduba, Peter Bogdonavich, Illeana Douglas. And the Hollywood Film Festival will also host the world premiere of “F for Franco,” a movie directed by actor James Franco’s onetime Rhode Island School of Design professor about his pupil’s art process.
The festival also wants to signal to emerging filmmakers that they have the connections to help raise money to get movies made. So Hollywood Film Festival is launching its own fund with Morgan Stanley -- investments in the fund will ultimately be used to help secure lines of credit to fund new projects, according to festival organizers. The fest has also partnered with China's Hanhei Studios -- which has its own fund set up for emerging talent -- as a means of connecting Chinese investors with American filmmakers.
Tickets are $16 per screening; $15 for ArcLight members.
For the full festival lineup, click here.
[For the record, Sept. 11, 6:43 P.M.: An earlier version of this story said that Jon Fitzgerald acquired the Hollywood Film Festival in 2014. In fact, Fitzgerald's company CineCause acquired the fest.)