Monthly Film Festival

December 14, 2019 12:00am PST - 11:59pm PST
Christine Davila
Ojala Productions at Universal Content Productions (UCP)
Lauren Craig
Patriot Pictures
Michael Chung
Mirjam Wertheim
Orange Entertainment
Mette Norkjaer
Boom Studios
Isabella Mastrodicasa
Heroes and Villains Entertainment
Laurence Zanelli
Twentieth Century Fox
Kristi Shuton
Walt Disney Television
Silas Wang
United Talent Agency (UTA)
Jessica Rose
Open Road
Alison Mann
Fourth Wall Animation
Natan Bogin
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

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
Viewing Thumbnail
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
Mind My Mind Thumbnail
Mind My Mind
Dir. Floor Adams
30 Mins | Netherlands
InFocus: Lebanese Cinema
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Flouty Express
Dir. Muriele Honein
22 Mins | Lebanon
Sugarcoat Thumbnail
Dir. Firas Itani
11 Mins | Lebanon
Coming Soon
Happy Ending
Dir. Ramzi el Khoury
14 Mins | Lebanon
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White Coffee
Dir. Gloria Tauk
13 Mins | Lebanon
The Gambler’s Son Thumbnail
The Gambler’s Son
Dir. Carlos Chahine
14 Mins | Lebanon
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Son of A Dancer
Dir. Georges Hazim
21 Mins | Lebanon
InFocus: Arab Cinema
Aziza Thumbnail
Dir. Soudade Kaadan
13 Mins | Syria/Lebanon
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Jebel Banat
Dir. Sharine Atif
15 Mins | Egypt
Ambiance Thumbnail
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