Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door Pictures to Open HollyShorts Film Festival (Exclusive)

Actor-producer Zachary Quinto and Before the Door Pictures will kick off HollyShorts festival with theatrical premiere of comedy film series "PERIODS."

The 2012 HollyShorts Film Festival will launch on Aug. 9 with the theatrical premiere of "PERIODS.", a series of improvised comedy films from Before the Door Pictures, the production company run by Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson, Corey Moosa and Sean Akers.

The Brooklyn-based "PERIODS.," series was created by Victor Quinaz and Anna Martemucci, and has been described on Quinto's website as a realm "where historic context and accurate period dress mixes with an extremely modern style of comedy."

HollyShorts logoAlthough the films are available at the PERIODS.FILM website, where they have enjoyed a cult following for two years, HollyShorts will mark the debut of the shorts on a big screen. The program will include a Q&A with the filmmakers and special guests. Quinto will host.

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“The 'PERIODS.' crew exemplifies what modern indie filmmaking is really all about – working together to create high quality content for global audiences while utilizing tangible digital tools and social media to promote and release the works to the masses," said HollyShorts co-founders and co-directors Theo Dumont and Daniel Sol in a statement.

The "PERIODS." shorts have led to a feature film, "TWV Project," directed by Quinaz and produced by Before the Door and Anonymous Content.

After the opening-night Aug. 9 kickoff at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, the eighth annual HollyShorts Film Festival will run at the Chinese through Aug. 16. The week-long festival will include animated, live-action, documentary and student shorts, along with web series, commercials and music videos.

It will also award more than $75,000 in prizes to winning short films.

To celebrate the announcement, PERIODS. is re-releasing one of its most popular shorts, "Before After," which features Quinto.

The lineup of shorts accepted into HollyShorts will be announced in early July. Advance tickets are available at