Monthly Film Festival

August 26, 2023 02:30pm PDT - 10:15pm PDT
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Disney Television Animation

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)’s August line-up celebrates emerging filmmakers both near and far, featuring InFocus: International Animation, a program of exciting animated work from all around the world, a selection of California-made short films, including work from the Youth Cinema Project, and a collection of work made in the city of Los Angeles.

The day begins with shorts program Made In California, a selection of films shot throughout the versatile state of California, from the wilderness to the city to the suburbs to the desert. The Californian stories gathered here are full of laughs, pain, perseverance and reverence.  The block opens with a sampling of films made through the Youth Cinema Project (YCP). YCP works in the classrooms of public schools, integrating filmmaking with 21st century learning skills. YCP uses a hands-on approach that integrates social emotional learning and English Language Arts to provide an equitable and accessible learning experience for students. Across one full academic year, two filmmaking professionals implement a rigorous standards-based filmmaking curriculum within 4th -12th grade classrooms. The students complete short films from concept to screen in a 100% student-led environment.

The afternoon’s programming continues  Made in Los Angeles, a closer look at the city of Los Angeles through a selection of short form storytelling that encapsulates everything from sheer joy to murder. It includes stories about finding one’s own voice, fighting for loved ones, and discovering new and mysterious places, all shot right here in LA.

The night concludes with InFocus: International Animation, a  slate of animated films and stories from Croatia, France, Germany, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Sweden, capturing a variety of animation styles and genres and including dynamic and soulful films whose festival runs have included Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Clermont Ferrand, Palm Springs Shortfest and the Venice Biennale.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year, across both our general and InFocus programming. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects for consideration for upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the schedule for InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region by spotlighting  communities of filmmakers within our filmmaking community as part of our monthly program. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The South Park Center is an ADA compliant venue and is wheelchair accessible. We request captioned films from all filmmakers participating at our Festival. For any accessibility needs, please send a request to at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – Made in California
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Pre-Reception
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Program
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – Made in LA
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Pre-Reception
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM – Program
7:30 PM – 7:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: International Animation
7:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Pre-Reception
8:15 PM – 10:00 PM – Program
10:00 PM – 10:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Paid Parking
1133 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Made in California
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YCP @ NFMLA – Youth Cinema Project Showcase
30 Mins | USA
What Wilderness Permits
Dir. Joel Marsh, Writ. Mike Leavitt & Prod. Mike Leavitt
16 Mins | USA
Dir. Ajai Vishwanath & Prod. Ajai Vishwanath
9 Mins | USA
Savage Dawn
Dir. Tamiah Bantum, Writ. Jessica Rookeward & Prod. Jessica Rookeward, Travis Leland
10 Mins | USA
Dir. Jordan Held, Writ. Jordan Held & Prod. Jordan Held
4 Mins | USA
Dir. Jacintha Charles, Writ. Jacintha Charles & Prod. Lisa Yadao, Harly Crandall, Jacintha Charles, Miikka Skaffari
14 Mins | USA
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A Song of the Land
Dir. Cesar Velasco, Writ. Cesar Velasco & Prod. Priyanjali Bagaria
16 Mins | USA
Dir. Derek Sitter, Writ. Derek Sitter & Prod. Derek Sitter
21 Mins | USA
The Future Is Worn
Dir. Adrian Rojas Elliot, Writ. Devon Stern & Prod. Brittany Bagwell
4 Mins | USA
Made in LA
Valerine Thumbnail
Dir. Andrea Vonjako Giacomini, Writ. Andrea Vonjako Giacomini & Prod. Andrea Vonjako Giacomini
5 Mins | USA
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Dir. Meagan Noel Fulps, Writ. Meagan Noel Fulps & Prod. Katie Sponseller
7 Mins | USA
Committing Thumbnail
Dir. Kanya Iwana, Writ. Alex Harper & Prod. Christina Alba, Alex Harper, Darrin Bush, Nicklaus von Nolde
17 Mins | USA
The Worst She Can Say Is No…
Dir. Alexander Gonzalez, Writ. Alexander Gonzalez & Prod. Renato Paniagua Jr., Katherine Mendez
1 Mins | USA
Dir. Gianfranco Fernandez-Ruiz, Writ. Gianfranco Fernandez-Ruiz & Prod. Santi NaidooGianfranco Fernandez-Ruiz, Ben O'Keefe
14 Mins | USA
The Ringmaster
Dir. Maya Albanese, Writ. Maya Albanese & Prod. Rebecca Maar, Lauren Selman, Lisa Crnic
15 Mins | USA
Eye for an i
Dir. James A Grisom, Writ. James A Grisom & Prod. Letia Solomon, LaDarius Torrey, Allison A Waite
20 Mins | USA
Dir. Jacob Harding, Writ. & Prod. Jacob Harding, Ryan Moerer
5 Mins | USA
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Out of This World
Dir. Elia Petridis, Writ. Elia Petridis & Prod. Kris Wynne, Marlene Lacasse, Ben Miller
17 Mins | USA
InFocus: International Animation
The Spyglass
Dir. Malin Erixon, Writ. Malin Erixon & Prod. Malin Erixon
9 Mins | Sweden
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Babe Beach
Dir. Ida Lasic, Writ. Ida Lasic & Prod. Ida Lasic
9 Mins | Croatia
The Fourth Wall
Dir. Mahboobeh Kalaee, Writ. Mahboobeh Kalaee & Prod. Mahboobeh Kalaee
10 Mins | Iran
The House of Loss
Dir. Jinkyu Jeon, Writ. Jinkyu Jeon & Prod. Koji Yamamura
10 Mins | Japan
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The First Gardener
Dir. Jan Capar, Writ. Jan Capar & Prod. Jan Capar
20 Mins | Germany
The Cave
Dir. Kim Jinman, Chon Jiyoung
14 Mins | South Korea
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Christopher at Sea
Dir. Tom CJ Brown, Writ. Laure Desmazieres & Prod. Tom CJ Brown
20 Mins | France
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Well Wishes My Love, Your Love
Dir. Gabriel Gabriel Garble, Writ. Gabriel Gabriel Garble & Prod. Gabriel Gabriel Garble
9 Mins | Sweden, Malaysia