Monthly Film Festival

June 12, 2021 01:30pm PDT - 09:15pm PDT
Industry Delegates
Lainie Gallers
ABC Network
Susan Klein Ochoa
Warner Bros. Television
Sydnee Rimes
ABC Studios
Kristen Konvitz
ICM Partners
Beau Ward
LD Entertainment
Gena Konstantinakos
Topic at First Look Media
Davina Hefflin
Lydia Ianni
Film Mode Entertainment
Tamika Lamison
Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP), PhilmCO

Join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) in celebrating LGBTQ+ filmmakers through InFocus: LGBTQ+ , which this year features two shorts programs showcasing work from emerging LGBTQ+ creators from around the world. Additionally, the day’s programming also includes an opening collection of “Summer Shorts,” highlights from NFMLA’s ongoing selection.

The day’s programming begins with Shorts Program #1 – Summer Shorts, a selection of short films that offers an array of thought-provoking drama, comedy, and animation, with characters facing unbelievable odds, fantastical scenarios and taking extreme measures.

The afternoon continues with InFocus: LGBTQ+ Cinema Shorts I, a program explores stories of identity, family, empowerment and oppression. The program opens with Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu’s Kapaemahu, the first ever Hawaiian, indigenous and LGBTQ+ animation to be shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, and goes on to explore the story of a young trans man navigating his father’s attempt at support, a suspenseful comedy set amidst the reconnection of two brothers, an experimental snapshot of alienation under capitalism, two siblings who find themselves at odds as they process the deportation of their father, a gorgeous visual accompaniment to a song by Onry, one of the Pacific Northwest’s only Black male professional opera singers, and concludes with a brutal exploration of identity, sexuality and masculinity in Russia with Seva Galkin’s The Fans.

The evening concludes with InFocus: LGBTQ+ Cinema Shorts II, a collection delves deeply into the ways that we affect each other interpersonally. Beginning with the story of a shy teenage trans girl auditioning for the lead in a school play and navigating her classmates’ derision, the program goes on to explore a need for connection amidst the pandemic, two estranged friends confronting each other and themselves as one supports the other through an abortion, an ode to social anxiety at a surreal houseparty, a woman remembering someone who had a profound effect on her life in her youth, a coming-of-age moment of epiphany at a summer camp, and finally, a poetic love letter in the form of a music video for Sarah Mary Chadwick’s “”Full Mood.””

All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region. NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year.

Schedule Details

Program #1: Shorts #1: Summer Shorts
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: Shorts Program #2 – InFocus: LGBTQ+ Shorts I
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: Shorts Program #3 – InFocus: LGBTQ+ Shorts II
6:45 PM – 8:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Summer Shorts
La Ruta
Dir. Star Victoria
20 Mins | USA
Dir. Derek Evans
24 Mins | USA
Creatures in My House
Dir. Ilena Finocchi
11 Mins | USA
Litany for Mr. President
Dir. Christopher Meyers
20 Mins | USA
Dir. Christina Yoon
12 Mins | USA
InFocus: LGBTQ+ Shorts Program I
Dir. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
8 Mins | USA
In France Michelle is a Man’s Name
Dir. Em A Weinstein
13 Mins | USA
Hell No
Dir. Teddy Alexis Rodriguez
9 Mins | USA
A Machine For Boredom
Dir. Marc Cartwright
3 Mins | USA
The House of Mariana y Gabriel
Dir. Hena Ashraf
16 Mins | USA
Livin’ in the Light
Dir. Hannah Hefner & Emmanuel Henreid
4 Mins | USA
The Fans
Dir. Seva Galkin
26 Mins | Russia
InFocus: LGBTQ+ Shorts Program II
Dir. Irina Storozhenko
15 Mins | USA
Echo Thumbnail
Dir. Anthony Sorrells
7 Mins | USA
Dir. Xinyi Zhu
14 Mins | USA
I Make Good Sounds At Parties
Dir. Amanda Prager
8 Mins | USA
In Orbit
Dir. Katie McNeice
17 Mins | Ireland
María Mondragón
14 Mins | Mexico
Sarah Mary Chadwick “Full Mood” Thumbnail
Sarah Mary Chadwick “Full Mood”
Dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends
4 Mins | USA