Monthly Film Festival

December 14, 2019 12:00am PST - 11:59pm PST

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You’re invited to join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) with presenting partners The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) and the Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York) on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 for NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Lebanese, Arab & Dutch Cinema. The event will be hosted at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Mary Pickford Center’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

The evening begins with InFocus: Dutch Cinema, a collection of new and exciting work from Dutch short film directors including Floor Adams’ acclaimed animation Mind My Mind, which takes us into the mind of an autistic protagonist navigating his world. The program, curated in partnership with EYE International, offers many keen studies of the human condition, society, the complexities of intimate relationships, and of death. This year’s Dutch Cinema line-up features films that have previously been programmed at Tribeca, Toronto International Film Festival and Locarno.

The second program of the evening, InFocus: Lebanese Cinema, puts a spotlight on films by Lebanese filmmakers exploring childhood experiences, LGBTQ+ stories, family drama and modern isolation and loneliness. Co-presenting partners of this program include Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities Committee, the Los Angeles Cedars Foundation, World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU), Lebanese Film Festival, Tripoli Film Festival and Sister Cities of Los Angeles.

The night concludes with InFocus: Arab Cinema, co-presented in partnership with The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) and showcases a strong line-up of Syrian, Egyptian, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian and Tunisian stories told through dark humor, modern interpretations of folklore, and unflinching naturalitic lenses.

Doors will open to the public at 3 pm with a pre-reception for the first shorts program, and the night will include a pre-reception before each of the evening’s programs, where attendees can sip libations and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. The event will conclude at 11:00 pm. Tickets are available for $15 for an all-night access passes, which provide access to all three film programs with open bar throughout the entire event. NFMLA’s Monthly Film Festivals are presented throughout the year with support from Presenting Venue Sponsor LBA Realty, Executive Circle Sponsors FilmLA and HBO Collabs, Producers Circle Sponsor Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), Foundation Sponsors Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), LA County Department of Arts and Culture, LA City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), California Arts Council and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – InFocus: Dutch Cinema
3:00 PM – Pre-Reception
4:00 PM – Program
5:30 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #2 – InFocus: Lebanese Cinema
5:45 PM – Pre-Reception
6:15 PM – Program
8:00 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #3 – InFocus: Arab Cinema
8:15 PM – Pre-Reception
8:45 PM – Program
10:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
1313 Vine St. | Los Angeles, CA 90028

Parking (complimentary)
Please make sure to enter parking off of Homewood Ave. between Vine and Cahuenga (note: you can only enter Homewood Ave. from Cahuenga)

InFocus: Dutch Cinema Program
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Human Nature

Dir. Sverre Fredriksen
2 Mins | Netherlands
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The Walking Fish

Dir. Thessa Meijer
19 Mins | Netherlands
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Dir. Finn Szumlas
14 Mins | Netherlands
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Eyes on the Road

Dir. Stefanie Kolk
17 Mins | Netherlands
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A Double Life

Studio Job, Joris & Marieke
3 Mins | Netherlands
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Mind My Mind

Dir. Floor Adams
30 Mins | Netherlands
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InFocus: Lebanese Cinema
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Flouty Express

Dir. Muriele Honein
22 Mins | Lebanon
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Dir. Firas Itani
11 Mins | Lebanon
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Coming Soon

Happy Ending

Dir. Ramzi el Khoury
14 Mins | Lebanon
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White Coffee

Dir. Gloria Tauk
13 Mins | Lebanon
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The Gambler’s Son

Dir. Carlos Chahine
14 Mins | Lebanon
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Son of A Dancer

Dir. Georges Hazim
21 Mins | Lebanon
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InFocus: Arab Cinema
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Dir. Soudade Kaadan
13 Mins | Syria/Lebanon
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Jebel Banat

Dir. Sharine Atif
15 Mins | Egypt
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Dir. Wisam Al Jafari
15 Mins | Palestine
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Cycle of Apples

Dir. Maha Al-Saati
15 Mins | Canada, Saudi Arabia
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Dunya’s Day

Dir. Raed Alsemari
14 Mins | Saudi Arabia
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Dir. Meryam Joobeur
25 Mins | Tunisia
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