Monthly Film Festival

June 12, 2021 01:30pm PDT - 09:15pm PDT


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Reach LA Logo
Rainbow Labs Logo
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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

Cinema Management Group

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

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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
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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
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Sarah Mary Chadwick “Full Mood”

Dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends
4 Mins | USA