Hollywood Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

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The Opening Night premiere screening of "Number One with a Bullet," by Jim Dziura, will kick off the 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and the premiere of Jeremy Benson's "Live Animals" will close the fest.

Number One with a Bullet

The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired by Paul Haggis and presented by Starz, have unveiled the line-up of the finalists for this year's festival. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival. HFF also announced the nominees for the Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards®.

The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival will take place October 22 to 26 at ArcLight Cinemas. This year's festival, once again, will highlight the films of emerging filmmakers. The program includes the opening night premiere screening of Jim Dziura's documentary about gun violence in Hip Hop, "Number One with a Bullet," which features Ice Cube, Krs-One, Mos-Def and Young Buck; the centerpiece premieres of Starz's "Fashion in Film," the documentary "The Forgotten Woman," directed by Dilip Mehta and written by Deepa Mehta; Mark C. Andrews' "Seal Team VI"; director Jim Pasternak's documentary "Certifiably Jonathan," featuring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams and Howie Mandel; and the closing night premiere of director Jeremy Benson's horror film "Live Animals." Q & A sessions will follow the screenings of "Number One with a Bullet," "The Forgotten Woman" and "Seal Team VI."

The festival's programming includes features, documentaries, shorts and mobile videos from around the world, including films from Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For film program, screening schedule, and festival event information, please visit the festival's website at HollywoodFestival.com

The festival will also continue its tradition of highlighting genre films by presenting the Hollywood Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival showcase of horror films on October 24, 25, and 26 in alliance with Film Threat.

In addition, the festival has announced the nominees for this year's "Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards." The winner will be decided by the public voting at the Yahoo! Movies website -- movies.yahoo.com. This year's nominees for the "Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards" are: "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan; "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino; "Hancock" directed by Peter Berg; "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" directed by Steven Spielberg; "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau; "Kung Fu Panda" directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson; "Sex and the City" directed by Michael Patrick King; "Tropic Thunder" directed by Ben Stiller; "Wall-E" directed by Andrew Stanton; and "Wanted" directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

The festival and awards presenter is Starz Entertainment, LLC, a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17 million and 31.3 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (http://www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group (NASDAQ: LMDIA), a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

For more information and complete list of the line-up please go to the HFF 2008 Film Program at http://www.HollywoodFestival.com

Festival Contact: 1.310.288.1882
Hollywood Film Festival®
433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
info@hollywoodnetwork.com

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