“Dirty Bomb” to Compete at Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Fest After Winning Best Short at Madrid International Film Festival

“Dirty Bomb” to Compete at Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Fest After Winning Best Short at Madrid International Film Festival

WWII/Holocaust Short reveals a long-held secret

Valerie McCaffreys DIRTY BOMB, one of the great but largely untold stories from WWII is an Official Selection at the 14th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival. at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, Friday, August 17th at 2:30PM. The festival runs August 9 -18. 2018.

The film tells the story of a concentration camp prisoner who sabotages the construction of the V2 Bomb, against the Nazis, thus signing his own death wish. Valerie McCaffrey wrote and directed the film that stars James Babson (THE WORDS), Israeli-born actor Ido Samuel (FILL THE VOID), J. Michael Trautmann (SHAMELESS/LONGMIRE), Dallas Hart (GREENHOUSE ACADEMY), Hunter Doohan (ARE YOU SLEEPING, WESTWORLD), Connor Linnerooth (THE REAL DRAKOOLAVS), Clayton Haymes (KILLER UNIVERSITY), Robert Arce (REVERIE) and Stefan Simon (BIRR).

The film was produced by Jennifer Tung, Stefan Simon and Brian Kelly Jones. Executive producers include Peymaneh Rothstein, Emad Asfoury, and Robert Shaye. Mikael Sharafyan was the costume designer. The films score was composed by Alan Derian (MADAME SECRETARY).

McCaffrey and team are seeking to turn the short into a feature length film, exploring in greater depth scientist Werner Von Brauns past and present relationship with a Jewish prisoner working on the V2 bomb. DIRTY BOMB was in competition at the prestigious 2018 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival and made its Los Angeles premiere at Dances With Films. Most recently, the film won the award for Best Short at the Madrid International Film Festival.

I am so honored to be part of amazing festival that encourages equality, diversity, and important stories, says McCaffrey.

Most of McCaffreys career has been a prominent casting director and studio executive both at Universal Studios and New Line Cinema. She has cast over 100 films, including Oscar nominated film AMERICAN HISTORY X and BABE. Recently, she produced a film called LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan, a cancer documentary CANCER, ITS IN THE SYSTEM in which she co-directed and co-produced with Cindy Pruitt and produced an award-winning film entitled NEO NED, starring Gabrielle Union and Jeremy Renner.


HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

Tickets and passes will be available for sale at: http://www.hollyshorts.com/2018-schedule-of-events.

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