Award-winning Dream Team Directors BAYOU BENNETT and DANIEL LIR Return to 2015 HollyShorts Film Festival Inspiring Popular Panel and New Film Screening Series

LOS ANGELES (August 5, 2015) – Award-winning Dream Team Directors BAYOU BENNETT and DANIEL LIR continue to encourage others returning to the 2015 HollyShorts Film Festival with their popular educational panel, FILM FUNDING FROM THE PROS, and new meaningful screening series, FILMS THAT INSPIRE THE WORLD.

On August 16th, Bennett and Lir will once again moderate FILM FUNDING FROM THE PROS, which has proven the most popular panel at HollyShorts for the last 4 years. This dynamic duo created the panel to bring together top producers and financiers to educate and empower the next generation of filmmakers and producers on how to get their projects funded. This year’s panel at Ignited Spaces will gather newsmakers from some of the hottest companies in the industry, including: Stephan Paternot – CEO, Slated; Franco Sama – Film Producer/Educator; Burton Richie – CEO, Heretic Films; Devak Shah – Echo Lake Entertainment; and Jonathan Shwartz – President, Super Crispy Entertainment.

Then on August 21st, Bennett and Lir head to Hollywood’s famous Chinese 6 Theatre to host the brand new screening series, FILMS THAT INSPIRE THE WORLD. This filmmaking team created the series as a way to celebrate the power of the art of film to inspire, uplift, raise awareness and communicate meaningful messages. In keeping with this mission, the couple will also be premiering their latest film, “I Want You Bad.” This behind-the-scenes docu-short is based on rising L.A.-based indie rock band Sad Robot, winner of the prestigious LAMN Jam. (

“We believe filmmakers are some of the most important people in the world and have an extremely important role in shaping the future of planet Earth and beyond,” shares Bennett. The new series speaks to their own personal goals as well, “We are so tired of having our films in festivals where too many projects are disturbing and full of needless violence and bad messages. We decided to focus our talents on films that raise awareness, challenge us, show new possibilities, uplift and positively impact our world," explains Lir.

Under their Hollywood-based production company banner, Dream Team Directors, Bennett and Lir have established themselves as a powerhouse husband and wife Writer/Director team. They are currently Executive Producing the TV dramedy pilot, “The Asterino Bunch,” described as ‘The Kardashians meets The Voice’; and Writing/Directing the scripted short film, “Slashing Silverlake,” a satire on the hipster culture of Silverlake with a Zombie twist.

Previously, Bennett and Lir’s inspiring and innovative films, music videos and documentaries have earned high-praise, winning over twelve international film festivals. Their company motto "Let our dream manifest your dream," has allowed them to work with some of the most influential companies and celebrities in the industry, including: Coldplay, P. Diddy, MTV, Nickelodeon, Tricky, Smashbox Cosmetics, Island Def Jam, Adidas, Atlantic Records, Paris Hilton, Oscar De La Renta, Carolina Herrera and more. They are also proud to have helped discover such stars as Matt Bennett of Nickelodeon's "Victorious" and Lea Michele of Fox's “Glee."

Date/Time: August 16, 2015 at 2:00pm
Location: Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Blvd, 11th floor, Hollywood, CA

Date/Time: August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm
Location: TCL Chinese 6 Theatre, 6081 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

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