Monthly Film Festival

April 17, 2021 11:00am PDT - 09:00pm PDT
Alison Mann
Fourth Wall Animation
Shane Riley
Cinetic Media
Rodney Uhler
Emily Hart
Disney Television Animation
Christine Pham
NBC Universal
Marie Zeniter
Magnolia Pictures
Davina Hefflin
Nacho Casares
Dayna Lynne North
TV Writer/Producer
Matt Shakman

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts an exciting day of virtual screenings and Q&As, featuring InFocus: International Animation, a program of exciting animated work from all around the world, along with an electrifying and thought-provoking line-up of feature films.

The day begins with Playland USA, a fresh and fascinating look at US culture through the eyes of German experimental documentary filmmaker Benjamin Schindler, who calls this vivid and impressionistic work “ a journey into the post-truth era.”

Next, InFocus: International Animation, a slate of animated films and stories from China, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, France, Canada and the UK, representing a range of animation styles and storytelling visions, showing animation to be a powerful medium for tackling topics ranging from childhood tales to cultural identity to social inequality.

The afternoon continues with Pacarrete, the award-winning feature film debut of writer-director Allan Deberton, which takes us into the life of a mesmerizing and determined retiree in the small Brazilian town of Russas.

The evening concludes with iGilbert, the directorial debut of actor Adrian Martinez, who plays an isolated man looking for connection in a simultaneously classic and strikingly modern portrayal of the messy search for connection.

All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region. NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year.

Schedule Details

Program #1: Playland USA
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: International Animation
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: Pacarette
3:45 PM – 5:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #4: iGilbert
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Feature Documentary Program
Playland USA
Dir. Benjamin Schindler
88 Mins | Germany
InFocus: International Animation
The Fire Next Time
Dir. Renaldho Pelle
8 Mins | UK
The Fourfold
Dir. Alisi Telengut
7 Mins | Canada
Dir. Danski Tang
7 Mins | USA
Routine: The Prohibition
Dir. Sam Orti
8 Mins | Spain
Miyavi – “Need for Speed”
Dir. David Cihelna
4 Mins | USA / Japan
The Witch & the Baby Thumbnail
The Witch & the Baby
Dir. Evgenia Golubeva
5 Mins | Russia
After a Storm Thumbnail
After a Storm
Dir. Ge Jing
11 Mins | China
Misery Loves Company Thumbnail
Misery Loves Company
Dir. Sasha Lee
3 Mins | South Korea
Souvenir Souvenir
Dir. Bastien Dubois
15 Mins | France
Dir. Zhike Yang, Wenjie Wu, Han Chen Chang
4 Mins | USA / China / Taiwan
Feature Program
Dir. Allan Deberton
98 Mins | Brazil
Feature Program
Dir. Adrian Martinez
89 Mins | USA