Monthly Film Festival

August 27, 2022 03:00pm PDT - 10:30pm PDT

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Industry Delegates
Elizabeth Taylor
Disney Television Animation
Devon Mahoney
Lionsgate Television
Harry Lengsfield
LBI Entertainment
Diamond McNeil
Warner Bros. Pictures
Evan Anglin
Zero Gravity Management
Stacy Jorgensen
Company X
Megan Barnard
DreamWorks 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 InFocus: International Animation, a  slate of animated films and stories from Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Iran, Palestine and Puerto Rico, capturing a variety of animation styles and genres, telling stories about love, whimsy,  loss, solidarity and new beginnings.

The afternoon’s programming continues with shorts program Made In California, a selection of films shot throughout the versatile state of California, from the city to the forest to the desert, telling stories of triumph, endurance, family and harrowing situations. 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 night concludes with  Made in Los Angeles, a closer look at the city of Los Angeles through a selection of short form storytelling about  community, resilience, connection, love and glamor, all shot right here in LA featuring a variety of its distinct and adaptive locations. 

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.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – InFocus: International Animation
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Pre-Reception
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Program
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – Made in California & YCP @ NFMLA – Youth Cinema Project Showcase
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Pre-Reception
5:45 PM – 7:45 PM – Program
7:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Made in LA
8:15 PM – 8:45 PM – Pre-Reception
8:45 PM – 10:15 PM – Program
10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015

Parking (fee)
1133 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

InFocus: International Animation
Zoon Thumbnail
Dir. Jonatan Schwenk, Writ. Merlin Flügel, Jonatan Schwenk & Prod. Jonatan Schwenk
4 Mins | Germany
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Nuevo Rico
Dir. Kristian Mercado, Writ. Kristian Mercado, Juan Arroyo & Prod. Debora Perez, Kate Chamuris, Angel Manuel Soto
16 Mins | USA, Puerto Rico
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Dir. Paulo Botelho, Writ. Fernanda Leme Cardoso Abrantes & Prod. Estúdio Ícone (Paulo Botelho)
1 Mins | Brazil
Dir. Jessica Raes, Writ. Jessica Raes, Perry de Loor & Prod. Perry de Loor
10 Mins | Belgium
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The Crow
Dir. Ahura Shahbazi, Writ. Ahura Shahbazi, Vida Shirazi & Prod. DEFC (Documentary & Experimental Film Center), Ahura Shahbazi
9 Mins | Iran
Dir. Ahmad Saleh, Writ. Ahmad Saleh & Prod. Fabian Driehorst, Jessica Neubauer, Saleh Saleh
16 Mins | Palestine
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Dir. Sander Joon, Writ. Sander Joon & Prod. Erik Heinsalu, Aurelia Aasa
15 Mins | Estonia
Love is Just a Death Away Thumbnail
Love is Just a Death Away
Dir. Bára Anna Stejskalová, Writ. Bára Anna Stejskalová & Prod. Jakub Kostal (Bionaut)
12 Mins | Czech Republic
Made in California
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YCP @ NFMLA – Youth Cinema Project Showcase
30 Mins | USA
Dir. Tiffany Lin, Writ. Elias Ginsberg, Tiffany Lin & Prod. Samantha Sadoff
13 Mins | USA
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The Tale of the Daughter
Dir. Savannah Sivert, Taylor Hinds, Writ. Savannah Sivert, Taylor Hinds, Jazlyn Yoder & Prod. Savannah Sivert, Taylor Hinds, Jazlyn Yoder, Christopher Pinero
23 Mins | USA
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Dir. JLee MacKenzie, Writ. Mitchell Graham Colley & Prod. Mitchell Graham Colley, Shardé Sargeant
19 Mins | USA
Mary Meet Grace
Dir. Faryl Amadeus, Writ. Faryl Amadeus & Prod. Nell Teare, Elizabeth Mihelich, Amadeus/Amadeus
14 Mins | USA
After Laughter
Dir. Adrian Burks, Theodore Wright IV, Writ. Adrian Burks, Theodore Wright IV & Prod. Valerie R. Cook
22 Mins | USA
Made in LA
All The Pretty Things
Dir. Roberto Serrini, Writ. Roberto Serrini & Prod. Roberto Serrini
6 Mins | USA
Copper & Wool
Dir. Tyler C. Peterson, Writ. Molly Shayna Cohen, Amanda Ferrarese, Susan Lousie O'Connor, Tyler C. Peterson & Prod. Mei Lin Lau Mann
12 Mins | USA
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God’s Land
Dir. Victor M Macias, Writ. Victor Macias, Timothy Troy & Prod. Lucy Macias, Hector Gallardo, Kurtin Anton
16 Mins | USA
Nana Thumbnail
Dir. Tianwei Wang, Writ. Tianwei Wang & Prod. Jonathan Winfrey
15 Mins | USA
Cross Thumbnail
Dir. Micah Williams Kelly, Writ. Micah Williams Kelly & Prod. Micah Williams Kelly, Adam Leeman
6 Mins | USA
The Tip
Dir. Katerina Tana, Writ. Katerina Tana & Prod. Lis Kern Shaw, Katerina Tana
16 Mins | USA
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Dir. Kryzz Gautier, Writ. Kryzz Gautier & Prod. Kryzz Gautier, Maya Butler, Corsica Wilson
19 Mins | USA
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Venus Man
Dir. Geneva Faye, Writ. Geneva Faye & Prod. Marissa Alanis
4 Mins | USA