20th Digital Studio’s Bite Size Halloween Short Film Series Returns

Season two of 20th Digital Studio’s Bite Size Halloween, a short film series that ranges from horror comedy to psychological thrillers and everything in between, is now available to stream on Hulu. Created by up-and-coming filmmakers, these films will screen across digital and broadcast platforms Freeform, FX, and Hulu’s Huluween platform hub and YouTube channel.

Arbi Pedrossian, 20th Digital Studio VP of Development, says, “This is our most diverse slate yet and we are extremely proud of the filmmakers we worked with this year to safely, in the time of COVID, produce these excellent films. We know audiences will love these twisted, culturally relevant stories and leave wanting more.”

Bite Size Halloween 2021 features 18 emerging filmmakers representing a spectrum of styles, identities, countries, and backgrounds. Through both horror and comedy, these shorts take on issues such as race, gender, motherhood, beauty, sexuality, the environment, and workplace safety. The long term goal of 20th Digital Studio’s short film programs is to continue to guide and finance the growth of these artists’ careers and to transition some of the shorts into longer features. 20th Digital is currently shooting the first feature developed in this way, expected to debut on Hulu in 2022. 

This year’s group of writers & directors includes Ann Marie Pace (Disney Launchpad Shorts), Kelly Fyffe-Marshall & Tamar Bird (TIFF Changemaker Award), Faride Schroeder (Cannes Nespresso Talents) and Ken Ochiai (SAIGON BODYGUARDS). Additionally, three Academy Award nominees are featured: Yalitza Aparicio (ROMA), Eric Roberts (THE DARK KNIGHT), and cinematographer Robert Yeoman (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL). Troian Bellisario (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) and Charles Gould (THE BIG SICK) serve as both writers and actors in their respective short films. Also on screen are Rachel Sennott (SHIVA BABY), Virginia Newcomb (upcoming THE BETA TEST), Andrea Londo (NARCOS), Brianna Baker (9-1-1: LONE STAR) and Caitlin Gerard (AMERICAN CRIME). 

Continuing a partnership now in its third iteration, select films feature Mars candy integrations and/or will air on broadcast networks Freeform, FX, and FXX with sponsorship from Twix, Skittles, and Snickers. 

Formerly Fox Digital Studio, 20th Digital Studio’s short film series previously titled Bite Size Horror, was released during the 2017 Halloween season and aired on broadcast and online, winning the “Best of the Best” in Short-Form Fiction by the 2018 Brand Film Festival. The series returned in 2020 and debuted on Hulu. This cinematic collaboration of adrenaline-raising shorts developed a platform for brands and advertisers to work with creative filmmakers.

Michael Sandoval

Michael Sandoval is the Founder and Executive Producer of MUSE TV, as well as the Producer of NEWS x MUSE, Destination: The Theme Park Travel Show, and he is the Co-Executive Producer of "Hey Han" with Executive Producer and host, Hannah Fletcher. MUSE TV originated as a website covering music and entertainment news in 2012. The company has expanded to YouTube, as well as having its own podcast. One decade later, the MUSE TV Network now exists on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Sandoval grew up in East Los Angeles, having graduated from Don Bosco Technical Institute. He began his journalism career in junior college where he wrote for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Star News, covering high school sports. Michael then continued his education at Cal State University, Fullerton in which he worked at KTLA as a production assistant for Kurt the Cyberguy. His journalism career eventually led to the transition into the realm of professional sports- specializing in marketing, sales, event planning and public relations with the National Hockey League, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael later crafted a hybrid of his journalism career, combined with his newfound marketing skills to create not only the MUSE TV as a news outlet, but also the MUSE TV Internship Program. This program exists with the mission to help develop the next generation of journalists.

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