Monthly Film Festival

March 09, 2024 02:30pm PST - 10:00pm PST
Industry Delegates
Peryn Reeves-Darby
Endeavor Content
Tanja Tawadjoh
Executive Producer
Charlotte Mott
Film Mode Entertainment
Dana Cox
James Swoope
Viviane Telio
Kylie Billings
Alexandria Martin
West Window Picture House

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its March Monthly Film Festival and celebrates up-and-coming female talent in front of and behind the camera with this month’s InFocus: Female Cinema, along with a selection of shorts from NFMLA’s ongoing monthly program and Colton Van Til’s feature narrative Meltdown: A Nuclear Family’s Ascension into Madness.

The day’s programming opens with March Shorts, a selection of films that explore community, perseverance, inner darkness, isolation, injustice, finding a way through grief, reclaiming lost parts of ourselves, and refusing to be defined by others.

The day continues with InFocus: Female Cinema Shorts, a program highlighting the work and stories of women through the work of emerging female talent. The program explores sexual awakenings, economic and social realities, painful childhood lessons, sisterhood among women, bodily autonomy, generational trauma and a fierce drive to protect one another. 

The night concludes with the  west coast premiere of Meltdown: A Nuclear Family’s Ascension into Madness, writer-director Colton Van Til’s sophomore feature. What starts off as a 1950’s family melodrama quickly and wildly escalates into a tense experimental horror film wrapped in a psychedelic journey. “My goal is for this film to be someone’s jumping-off point into far more extreme genre films,” says Van Til.

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.

The South Park Center is an ADA compliant venue and is wheelchair accessible. We request captioned films from all filmmakers participating at our Festival. For any accessibility needs, please send a request to at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – March Shorts
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Pre-Reception
3:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Program
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Female Cinema
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Pre-Reception
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Program
7:30 PM – 7:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – Feature Narrative | Meltdown: A Nuclear Family’s Ascension into Madness
7:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Pre-Reception
8:15 PM – 9:45 PM – Program
9:45 PM – 10:00 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

March Shorts
Dir. Itziar Martinez, Writ. Raul Walder & Prod. Itziar Martinez, Raul Walder
7 Mins | USA
Dir. Palmer Morse, Writ. Palmer Morse & Prod. Matt Mikkelsen
16 Mins | USA
Piano Man
Dir. Jay Zaretsky, Writ. Jay Zaretsky & Prod. Jay Zaretsky, Lauren Bates, Sam Cohan
24 Mins | USA
Paranoia Thumbnail
Dir. Sam Chung, Writ. Sam Chung, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh & Prod. Gabriela Tamariz
18 Mins | USA
Dir. Mischa Webley, Writ. Mischa Webley & Prod. Mischa Webley
12 Mins | USA
Cut Me If You Can
Dir. Nicolas Polixene, Sylvain Loubet dit Gajol, Writ. Nicolas Polixene, Sylvain Loubet dit Gajol, Jean-Jérome Loubet dit Gajol & Prod. Djaka Souaré, Alana De Freitas, Reda Chaouch, Diane Foster
21 Mins | USA
InFocus: Female Cinema
The Little Death
Dir. Autumn Palen, Writ. Autumn Palen & Prod. Autumn Palen, Jude Salazar
9 Mins | USA
Mara Has Three Jobs In San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dir. Ana Verde, Writ. Ana Verde & Prod. Lauren Lukow, Raul Abner Samrah, Samara Perez Santiago
11 Mins | USA
Eid Mubarak
Dir. Mahnoor Euceph, Writ. Mahnoor Euceph & Prod. Ben O'Keefe, Kamil Chima, Selena Leoni
16 Mins | USA
Colors Under The Streetlights
Dir. Yoshimi Joya, Writ. Yoshimi Joya & Prod. Yoshimi Joya, Stephanie Kha
21 Mins | Japan
Fern Thumbnail
Dir. Katherine Bourne Taylor, Mary Tilden, Writ. Katherine Bourne Taylor, Mary Tilden & Prod. Ben Mortou, Connor Texas Smith
10 Mins | USA
Renacer Thumbnail
Dir. Jenniffer J Gonzalez Martinez, Writ. Jenniffer J Gonzalez Martinez & Prod. Kelsey McGee, Bobbie Green, Ximena Davis
19 Mins | USA
Maddie’s Cards Thumbnail
Maddie’s Cards
Dir. Jenelle Faith Smith, Writ. Jenelle Faith Smith & Prod. Jenelle Faith Smith, Colin Summers
11 Mins | USA
They Don’t Leave
Dir. Caz McGovern, Writ. Caz McGovern & Prod. Nancy Ann Bevins, Harrison Score
25 Mins | United Kingdom
Feature Narrative | Meltdown: A Nuclear Family's Ascension into Madness
Meltdown: A Nuclear Family’s Ascension into Madness
Dir. Colton Van Til, Writ. Colton Van Til, Ashley Tropea, Sophia Hoefle & Prod. Colton Van Til, Sophia Hoefle, Jordan Pfeifer, Thomas George
84 Mins | USA