Monthly Film Festival

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

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FOUNDATION SPONSORS

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FESTIVAL INDUSTRY DELEGATION MEMBERS

Abe Cohen Hoffing

Abe Cohen Hoffing

WME (Endeavor)

Allison Wasserman

Allison Wasserman

HBO

Babacar Diene

Babacar Diene

Voltage Pictures

Brian Harvey

Brian Harvey

Amazon Studios

Effie Brown

Effie Brown

Gamechanger Films

Hilarie Holt

Hilarie Holt

Sony Pictures Television

Lucy Tashman

Lucy Tashman

Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)

Mikey Schwartz-Wright

Mikey Schwartz-Wright

United Talent Agency (UTA)

Niels Swinkels

Niels Swinkels

Universal Pictures

Sandino Moya-Smith

Sandino Moya-Smith

MGM Studios

Timur Bekbosunov

Timur Bekbosunov

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PROGRAM MODERATORS

Malina Saval

Malina Saval

Variety

Serge Bakalian

Serge Bakalian

Arab Film and Media Institute


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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