Monthly Film Festival

July 17, 2021 12:00pm PDT - 08:30pm PDT

Event Delegates

Trevor Rotenberg

3 Arts

Kyle Chalmers

Blumhouse Television

Michael Chung


Caleb Ward

Highland Film Group

Ina Petersen

Inner Voice Artists

Delaney Morris


Giselle Johnson

Sony Screen Gems

Hilary Hart

Game Theory Films

Josh Clay Phillips

No Trace Camping

Jiwon Park

ABC Signature

Kristen Barnett

Topic at First Look Media

Stacy Jorgensen


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts InFocus: Canadian Cinema, presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles and Telefilm Canada. The program spotlights independent Canadian storytellers in a program that spans a collection of 14 short films and two feature narratives, including Beans, the debut feature of 2020 TIFF Emerging Talent Award winner Tracey Deer. Each screening will take place virtually and will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom.

The day’s programming begins with InFocus: Canadian Cinema Feature White Elephant, Writer-Director Andrew Chung’s exploration of immigrant identity through the eyes of an outgoing and determined Indo-Canadian teenage girl navigating high school in the late 90’s, which swept awards at Reelworld Film Festival and Vancouver Asian Film Festival. The block opens with a pair of short films that each offer stories of navigating across cultures as an immigrant, one a vignette of poetic nonverbal connection between first and second generations and the other a teenager’s experience seeking assimilation during an iconic cultural event.

The afternoon continues with InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts, an exciting and thought-provoking selection of short-form work from talented emerging Canadian filmmakers, including alumni of TIFF, ReelWord, imagineNATIVE and Sundance in a line-up that offers a range of storytelling techniques, perspectives and genres, from the comedic to the dramatic to the naturalistic to the surreal. These are stories about the intersection of the personal and political, the complexity of being in relation with others, finding our ways of coping with the world, and about facing its horrors.

The evening concludes with InFocus: Canadian Cinema Feature Beans, Writer-Director Tracey Deer’s powerful debut feature, a poignant coming-of-age based directly on her childhood experience during the stand off between her Mohawk community and the governments of Quebec and Canada in the summer of 1990 known as the Oka Crisis. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Deer also earned the 2020 TIFF Emerging Talent Award.

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

Program #1: InFocus: Canadian Cinema Feature – White Elephant (w/ Signal Fire & Veil)
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM – Suggested Screening Time
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: InFocus: Canadian Cinema Feature – Beans
5:45 PM – 7:15 PM – Suggested Screening Time
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Audience Q&A

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InFocus: Canadian Cinema Feature - White Elephant (w/ Signal Fire & Veil)

Signal Fire

Dir. Alice Il Shin, Writ. Alice Il Shin, Ian Hynd & Prod. Alice Il Shin, Eiko Brown
9 Mins | Canada


Dir. Zahra Golafshani, Writ. Zahra Golafshani & Prod. Daniel Leighton
9 Mins | Canada

White Elephant

Dir. Andrew Chung, Writ. Andrew Chung & Prod. Christopher Nguyen, Andrew Chung
61 Mins | Canada
InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts


Dir. Alicia K. Harris, Writ. Alicia K. Harris & Prod. Rebeca Ortiz, Venessa Harris
11 Mins | Canada

Under Pressure

Dir. David Labrecque, Writ. David Labrecque & Prod. David Labrecque, Frangin
8 Mins | Canada


Dir. Nancy Webb, Writ. Nancy Webb, Amanda McQueen, Emelia Hellman & Prod.
12 Mins | Canada

Wytch Craft

Dir. Polly Pierce, Writ. Polly Pierce & Prod. Polly Pierce, Laura Geluch, Adrian Neblett
16 Mins | Canada
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Midnight Shine – Lonely Boy

Dir. Cliff Hokanson , RoseAnna Schick, Writ. Adrian Sutherland & Prod. RoseAnna Schick, Cliff Hokanson, Adrian Sutherland
4 Mins | Canada
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Dir. Alyson Richards, Writ. Alyson Richards & Prod. Mike MacMillan
10 Mins | Canada


Dir. Cavan Campbell, Writ. Cavan Campbell, Luke Higginson & Prod. Cavan Campbell, Sedina Fiati, Emily Andrews
15 Mins | Canada
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At the Back

Dir. Gia Milani, Writ. Gia Milani & Prod. Gia Milani
9 Mins | Canada

Clebs (Mutts)

Dir. Halima Ouardiri, Writ. Halima Ouardiri & Prod. Halima Ouardiri
18 Mins | Canada

An Uninvited Guest

Dir. Richard B. Pierre, Writ. Richard B. Pierre & Prod. Richard B. Pierre
3 Mins | Canada


Dir. Samir Mallal, Writ. Samir Mallal & Prod. Sarah Tognassi
13 Mins | UK
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Black Bodies

Dir. Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Writ. Kelly Fyffe-Marshall & Prod. Tamar Bird, Sasha-Leigh Henry
4 Mins | Canada
InFocus: Canadian Cinema Feature - Beans


Dir. Tracey Deer, Writ. Tracey Deer, Meredith Vuchnich & Prod.Anne-Marie Gélinas
90 Mins | Canada