Monthly Film Festival

December 12, 2020 12:00pm PST - 09:00pm PST

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Coming Soon

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) with presenting partners Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York) and the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) co-host a virtual edition of the annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Middle Eastern, Arab & Dutch Cinema program, powered by Seed&Spark. The weekend will feature an international lineup of films by talented emerging filmmakers across three short film programs. The event will include virtual screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and industry panels.

The day of programming begins with InFocus: Dutch Cinema, a collection of exciting work from up-and-coming Dutch short film directors co-presented by Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York) and curated in partnership with SEE NL. This year’s program, which includes 2020 Student Academy Award Nominated crime drama Porfotto by director Edson da Conceicao and Marieke de Zwaan’s meditative So I Stay, this year’s winner of Go Short’s Academy-Qualifying Dutch Competition, asks us to ponder what we value in our world and how we find our place in it.

The second program of the evening is InFocus: Arab Cinema, a compelling program of short films was curated in partnership with the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) and showcases Arab storytellers from across the world, featuring stories that cinematically capture resilience and community amidst the hardships of immigration, political instability and personal loss.

The night concludes with InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema, a selection of striking short films from Middle Eastern filmmakers who have made their work all over the world – Lebanon, Israel, Iran and the US. They tell thrilling and thoughtful stories of taking risks, finding and embracing authenticity, the struggle of persecution and the strength of those who fight it.

Schedule Details

Program #1: InFocus: Dutch Cinema
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: InFocus: Arab Cinema
2:45 PM – 4:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

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InFocus: Dutch Cinema Program

Sad Beauty

Dir. Arjan Brentjes
10 Mins | Netherlands
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Stuff

Dir. & Writ. Malu Jansen
13 Mins | Netherlands
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Beautiful Alexander

Dir. & Writ. Marc Wagenaar
13 Mins | Netherlands
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Porfotto

Dir. & Writ. Edson da Conceicao
29 Mins | Netherlands
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Ink

Dir. Erik Verkerk & Joost van den Bosch
2 Mins | Netherlands
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So I Stay

Dir. Marieke de Zwaan. & Writ. Rosanne Groenendijk
20 Mins | Netherlands
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InFocus: Arab Cinema
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Barzakh

Dir. & Writ. Karina Dandashi
10 Mins | USA
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The Present

Dir. & Writ. Farah Nabulsi
24 Mins | Palestine
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Appel Manqué

Dir. & Writ. Maya Jaafar
12 Mins | Lebanon
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Manara

Dir. Zayn Alexander & Writ. Pascale Seigneurie
16 Mins | Lebanon
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Ahmed’s Song

Dir. & Writ. Foued Mansour
30 Mins | France
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Rosa

Dir. & Writ. Suha Araj
23 Mins | USA
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InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema

Follow Me

Dir. & Writ. Elinor Nechemya
18 Mins | Israel
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Bye Bye, Body

Dir. & Writ. Charlotte Benbeniste
10 Mins | USA
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Inner Self

Dir. & Writ. Mohammad Hormozi
15 Mins | Iran
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ÃH

Dir. & Writ. Alex El Dahdah
15 Mins | Lebanon
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Alina

Dir. Rami Kodeih & Writ. Nora Mariana Salim
25 Mins | USA
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