Monthly Film Festival

December 03, 2022 03:00pm PST - 10:30pm PST
Industry Delegates
Shebnem Askin
Sony Pictures International
Marisa Moreno
STX Entertainment
Katie Abbott
Circle of Confusion
Mark Padilla
Jackrabbit Media
Sydney Coleman
Lubna Salad
Brian Pacheco
Walt Disney Television
Jennifer Trofa
Range Media Partners
Priyanka Kapoor
Orion Pictures
Sofia Eleftheriades
Black Bear International
Wanjiru M. Njendu

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and 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 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.

The weekend will feature a lineup of stand-out films by emerging talent, with filmmakers and stories from the Netherlands, Lebanon, Iran, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, France, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.

The day begins with InFocus: Dutch Cinema, an excellent collection of new work from up-and-coming Dutch short film directors curated in partnership with SEE NL. The selection this year is one that deals with topics of great societal consequence with great care through the lenses of those affected in ways great and small, including energy sources, poverty, fostering children, war crimes, and policing. With a range of mediums and genres, these beautifully told stories will inspire thought.

The afternoon’s programming continues with 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. The line-up highlights stories of diaspora – of the liminal space between staying and going and of coming back to a place that was once home.

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. They tell stories of political upheaval, friendship, gender transition in seemingly impossible circumstances, living under oppression, the haunting echoes of history, processing death, and beautiful family memories.

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: Dutch Cinema Program
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 – InFocus: Arab Cinema Program
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Pre-Reception
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM – Program
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
8:30 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: Dutch Cinema Program
Pig (Varken)
Dir. Jorn Leeuwerink
8 Mins | Netherlands
Spotless (Vlekkeloos)
Dir. Emma Branderhorst
16 Mins | Netherlands
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Dir. Jordi Wijnalda
13 Mins | Netherlands
In Flow of Words
Dir. Eliane Esther Bots
22 Mins | Netherlands
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It’s Nice In Here
Dir. Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
16 Mins | Netherlands
InFocus: Arab Cinema Program
The Window
Dir. Sarah Kaskas
15 Mins | Lebanon
A’lam (Flag)
Dir. Saleh Saadi
25 Mins | Palestine
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Dir. Dahlia Nemlich, Writ. Dahlia Nemlich & Prod. Dewberries Films
16 Mins | France
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Nour Shams
Dir. & Writ. Faiza Ambah, Prod. Basil Khalil
25 Mins | Saudi Arabia
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Habib & the Thief
Dir. Naures Sager
15 Mins | Sweden
InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
Before Dawn, Kabul Time
Dir. Tara Motamedi, Writ. Tara Motamedi & Prod. Helena Sardinha, Rafael Thomaseto
14 Mins | USA
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Never Look Back
Dir. Linda Bournane Engelberth, Writ. Linda Bournane Engelberth & Prod. Arina Baranchuk
7 Mins | Norway
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Dir. Marzieh Fakhar, Writ. Marzieh Fakhar & Prod. Mo Salari, Ziba Del Afruz
19 Mins | Iran
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The Past
Dir. Hamid Mohammadi, Writ. Ali Hazratpoor & Prod. Hamid Mohammadi, Documentary And Experimental Film Center
7 Mins | Iran
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Dir. Ye'ela Rosenfeld, Writ. Ye'ela Rosenfeld & Prod. Heliya Alam, Suzann Toni
19 Mins | USA
Man in the Morgue
Dir. Omar Kakar, Writ. Omar Kakar, David Mar Stefansson & Prod. Jennifer Kaiser, Arlene Fernandez
15 Mins | USA
The Ocean Duck
Dir. Huda Razzak, Writ. Huda Razzak & Prod. Huda Razzak
7 Mins | USA