Monthly Film Festival

December 11, 2021 12:00pm PST - 09:00pm PST
Industry Delegation
Beatriz Sequeira
Blumhouse Productions
Hilarie Holt
Sony Pictures Television
Babacar Diene
Voltage Pictures
Chris Gray
Freestyle Digital Media
Tanja Tawadjoh
Executive Producer
Cameron Cubbison
Zero Gravity Management
Talha Asad
Robert Walak
Anonymous Content
Alisa Tager
Anonymous Content
Annamaria Sofillas
Topic/First Look Media
Allie Moore
Left Handed Films
Gabrielle (Brie) Neimand
CBS Studios
Melissa Breaux
Management 360
Marc Mounier
Management 360
Ben Kasulke
Director, Cinematographer
Sonya Dunn
CEO, JEMH Enterprises
Monica Levinson
Ron Underwood

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) with presenting partners The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) and Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York) co-host a virtual edition of the annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Middle Eastern, Arab & Dutch Cinema program. The weekend will showcase an international lineup of films by talented emerging filmmakers across three short film programs. This event will include virtual screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and industry panels. Each screening will take place virtually and will be followed by a live Q&A. The festival programming is also supported by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (CD13).

The weekend will feature a lineup of stand-out films by emerging talent, with filmmakers and stories from the Netherlands, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saundi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, France, Belgium and the United States.

The weekend’s film programming begins on Saturday with InFocus: Dutch Cinema, a compelling and thoughtful collection of exciting work from up-and-coming Dutch short film directors curated in partnership with See NL. This year’s selection dives deeply into themes of loss and resilience, and includes the US premiere of the latest work by NFMLA alum Thessa Meijer, whose last film was the Dutch submission to the 2020 Academy Awards, North American premiere of new work by 2006 Dutch Academy Award entry director Remco Polman, as well as Marlon Brando by Vincent Tilanus, screening with the kind permission of Canal+.

Next in the day’s line-up is InFocus: Arab Cinema, an exciting program of short films curated in partnership with The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) that showcases Arab storytellers from across the world, featuring vivid stories of personal struggle, familial bonds, emigration and profound loss. The selection includes both this year’s Saudi Film Festival Winner, Egg Rebelled by Sultan Rabea, as well as celebrated new work by Student BAFTA shortlisted director Ramiel Petros.

The night concludes with InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema, a selection of short films from Middle Eastern filmmakers who have made their work all over the world – the UAE, Jordan, Iran – as well as in the US. They tell deeply meaningful stories of reconnection, generational strife, the horrors of war, and the human impact of the pandemic. The block includes the Tribeca award-winning short Leylak, by co-directors Scott Aharoni and Dennis Latos.

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.

Schedule Details

InFocus: Dutch Cinema Program
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Audience Q&A

InFocus: Arab Cinema Program
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A

InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

InFocus: Dutch Cinema Program
F*ck my life Thumbnail
F*ck my life
Dir. Isis Cabolet, Writ. Isis Cabolet & Prod. Rachel van Bommel, Suzan de Swaan
7 Mins | Netherlands
Nervosa Thumbnail
Dir. Thessa Meijer, Writ. Thessa Meijer & Prod. Julia Rombout, Reinier Selen
13 Mins | Netherlands
A Holiday From Mourning Thumbnail
A Holiday From Mourning
Dir. Zara Dwinger, Writ. Zara Dwinger & Prod. Layla Meijman, Maarten van der Ven
15 Mins | Netherlands
Mustachio Thumbnail
Dir. Victoria Warmerdam
11 Mins | Netherlands
Why Didn’t You Stay For Me?
Dir. Milou Gevers
25 Mins | Netherlands
Camouflage Thumbnail
Dir. Remco Polman, Writ. Jantiene de Kroon & Prod. Jantien de Kroon, Annemie Degryse
20 Mins | Netherlands, Belgium
Marlon Brando
Dir. Vincent Tilanus, Writ. Vincent Tilanus
20 Mins | Netherlands
InFocus: Arab Cinema Program
Egg Rebelled Thumbnail
Egg Rebelled
Dir. Sultan Rabea, Writ. Sultan Rabea, Majed AL Turki & Prod. Sultan Rabea
5 Mins | Saudi Arabia
Borekas Thumbnail
Dir. Saleh Saadi, Writ. Saleh Saadi & Prod. Saleh Saadi
15 Mins | Palestine
The Departure
Dir. Said Hamich
25 Mins | Morocco
Dir. Isabell Mecattaf
15 Mins | Lebanon
Pause Thumbnail
Dir. Tamer Shaaban, Writ. Tamer Shaaban & Prod. Zeiad Hany, Amr Medhat
8 Mins | Egypt
The Black Veil Thumbnail
The Black Veil
Dir. A.J. Al-Thani
17 Mins | Qatar
Mariam Thumbnail
Dir. & Writ. Reem Jubran
11 Mins | USA
Dir. Ramiel Petros
14 Mins | USA
InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
When We Were Pirates Thumbnail
When We Were Pirates
Dir. Fatima Abdulaziz Alshamsi, Writ. Fatima Abdulaziz Alshamsi & Prod. Aishwarya Haldankar
10 Mins | United States of America, United Arab Emirates
Hello Mother
Dir. Natalie Shirinian, Writ. Natalie Shirinian & Prod. Dylan Bell, Elizabeth Baudouin, Rebecca Walsh
12 Mins | USA
Incurable Thumbnail
Dir. Bahare Nikjoo, Writ. Bahare Nikjoo & Prod. Mohammad Ali Hoor
17 Mins | Iran
Selahy (My Weapon) Thumbnail
Selahy (My Weapon)
Dir. Alaa Zabara, Writ. Alaa Zabara & Prod. Pierre Bagley
14 Mins | Jordan, USA
Over My Dead Body
Dir. Meital Cohen Navarro, Writ. Meital Cohen Navarro & Prod. Meital Cohen Navarro
25 Mins | USA
Leylak Thumbnail
Dir. Scott Aharoni, Dennis Latos, Writ. Mustafa Kaymak & Prod. Scott Aharoni, Dennis Latos, Mustafa Kaymak
17 Mins | USA