Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival Opening Panel

Hollywood April 4, 2017---Raja Collins, CEO of Global Film Group and Producer of the Netflix film True Memoirs of an International Assassin starring Kevin James, Andy Garcia and Rob Riggle and Emmy Winning Director and Editor Kabir Akhtar who's work includes Arrested DevelopmentCrazy Ex-GirlfriendNew Girl  have joined the upcoming power panel at The Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival (HCSF) taking place on Friday April 14, 2017 at Adults Only in Hollywood (7065 1/2 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028). The panel and reception will kick off the 2nd annual celebration presented by BITPIX which celebrates the next generation of comedic content storytellers. The 110 short films that were announced as official selections last week will participate in competition screenings at the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival on August 15 and 16 at the TCL Chinese Theater 6. Additional panelists for the opening night power session will be unveiled later this week. 

The HCSF power panel and reception is presented in partnership by the festival with MixKnowledgy, the bi-coastal entertainment experience founded by Erman Baradi and Brandon Waites. Tickets to the panel are now available atHollywood Comedy Shorts.com.   All access passes to the festival are available now and include all screenings, the power panel, drink ticket and the exclusive online festival pass via BITPIX which includes the in competition short films, All Access pass can be purchased here for a limited time Hollywood Comedy Shorts All Access.

Kabir Akhtar

Kabir Akhtar

Raja Collins

Raja Collins

Kabir Akhtar, ACE is an Emmy-winning director and editor whose work includes Arrested Development (2003), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015), New Girl (2011), and Unsolved Mysteries (1987). Nine of the pilots he has edited have been made into series. He recently completed a two-year term as Co-Chair of the DGA's Asian-American Committee, and a four-year term on the Television Academy's Editors' Peer Group Executive Committee.

Raja Collins is CEO / Producer of Global Film Group, and a Southern California native who grew up in the entertainment industry. Raja started as a child actor but found his true calling as a producer. His knowledge and filmmaking experience is represented in his over 40 film and television productions. Led by Raja’s expertise he recently established Global Film Group, a new production company developing high-concept action films, thrillers, and comedies. Raja’s recent credits include True Memoirs of an International Assassin with Netflix, starring Kevin James, Andy Garcia and Rob Riggle. And Momentum, starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman. 

The Hollywood Comedy Shorts fest will feature comedy short film screenings, talent from the projects, a variety of stand up comedian hosts, and awards. The schedule is available now via http://www.hollywoodcomedy shortsfilmfest.com.

Adults Only is an upscale dive bar tucked away in the apropos corner pocket of a Hollywood strip mall. 

MixKnowledgy is a Hollywood panel and mixer event series in LA, NYC, Chicago, London, and Virginia. Co-founded by Erman Baradi and Brandon Waites, their lineups combined have featured over 100 entertainment industry professionals. Most recently, MixKnowledgy has launched its sister company, The Film Empire, a Hollywood mentorship contest.




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