Monthly Film Festival

July 25, 2020

Hosted By

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Presenting Partner

Canada Consulate

Sponsored By

MSM
Telefilm
Quebec

EXECUTIVE CIRCLE SPONSORS

FilmLA
150

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

CAA
Hollywood Foreign Press
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Department of Cultural Affairs
California Arts Council
Easter Seals

The Walt Studios
POV

COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS

FESTIVAL INDUSTRY DELEGATION MEMBERS

Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs

Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs

Sundance Institute

Michael Chung

Michael Chung

Verve Talent and Literary Agency

Jairo Alvarado

Jairo Alvarado

Circle of Confusion

Michelle Momplaisir

Michelle Momplaisir

Focus Features

Joshua Jason

Joshua Jason

JJPR

Alex Gutierrez

Alex Gutierrez

WarnerMedia 150

Lamonia Brown

Lamonia Brown

WarnerMedia 150

Dinh Thai

Dinh Thai

Filmmaker / TV Director

Kristi Shuton

Kristi Shuton

Walt Disney Television

Liz Kelly

Liz Kelly

Walt Disney Television

Will Schnabel

Will Schnabel

NBCUniversal

Smriti Mundhra

Smriti Mundhra

Oscar Nominated Filmmaker – St. Louis Superman

Stacey Jorgensen

Stacey Jorgensen

Company X / SpectreVision

Daniel Bekerman

Daniel Bekerman

Scythia Films

Tanja Tawadjoh

Tanja Tawadjoh

Black Bicycle Entertainment

Alyx Picard Davis

Alyx Picard Davis

deadCenter / Film Festival Alliance

MODERATORS

Varda Bar-Kar

Varda Bar-Kar

Filmmaker / TV Director / NFMLA Board Member

Johnny Payne

Johnny Payne

Mount Saint Mary’s University MFA Program

Danny De Lillo

Danny De Lillo

SCREEN International / NFMLA Board Chair

Katherine Tulich

Katherine Tulich

Film Journalist – Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)

Samah Ali

Samah Ali

DOC NYC Associate Shorts Programmer

Tim Chan

Tim Chan

Rolling Stone Journalist


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts InFocus: Canadian Cinema, Presented by the Consulate General of Canada, highlighting independent Canadian storytellers, as well as presenting a selection of shorts from NFMLA’s summer programming. The Festival is Powered by Seed&Spark on their virtual festival platform, and each screening will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom. Special event sponsors include Telefilm Canada, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles and Mount Saint Mary’s University.

The day begins with InFocus: Canadian Cinema’s documentary program, a curated collection of short documentaries programmed in partnership with Hot Docs. These nonfiction narratives capture their subjects intimately, exploring cultural identity, family dynamics, the natural world’s beauty and importance, and untold histories.

The afternoon continues with InFocus: Canadian Cinema’s narrative program, a selection of exciting short-form narrative work by up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers. It includes a mixture of narrative work (short, music video and episodic) that offers fresh perspectives that entertain, enlighten, and provoke reflection.

The day concludes with Shorts Program # 3: Summer Shorts, a selection of highlights from NFMLA’s summer program that each vividly create their internal worlds. This block’s work commands a range of forms, from mockumentary to romantic comedy to anti-war drama to pilot, each evoking a world, real or imagined, that will pull you in.

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

Schedule Details

Shorts Program # 1: InFocus: Canadian Cinema – Documentaries (In Partnership with Hot Docs)
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Shorts Program # 2: InFocus: Canadian Cinema – Narratives
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Shorts Program # 3: Summer Shorts
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

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Shorts Program # 1: InFocus: Canadian Cinema - Documentaries (In Partnership with Hot Docs)
Invasion: The Unist’ot’en’s Fight for Sovereignty
Dir. Michael Toledano, Sam Vinal
18 Mins | Canada
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The Lost Astronaut
Dir. Ben Proudfoot
13 Mins | USA
This-Ability Thumbnail
This-Ability
Dir. Bosco da Costa
9 Mins | Canada
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Joseph, Margaret & I
Dir. Valerie Amponsah
8 Mins | Canada
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Lichen
Dir. Lisa Jackson
12 Mins | Canada
êmîcêtôcêt: Many Bloodlines Thumbnail
êmîcêtôcêt: Many Bloodlines
Dir. Theola Ross
11 Mins | Canada
Nancy’s Workshop
Dir. Aïcha Diop
20 Mins | Canada
Shorts Program # 2: InFocus: Canadian Cinema - Narratives
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In My Room
Dir. Colin Greenfield
7 Mins | Canada
The 410 (Episode 1)
Dir. Renuka Jeyapalan & Writ. Supinder Wraich
26 Mins | Canada
Volcano
Dir.& Writ. Karen Moore
11 Mins | Canada
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When It Falls
Dir.& Writ. Romain Dumont
18 Mins | Canada
Somebody Thumbnail
Somebody
Dir.& Writ. Vision Zheng
3 Mins | Canada
Rebel
Dir.& Writ. Pier-Philippe Chevigny
15 Mins | Canada
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Bot Prox
Dir. Brianne Nord-Stewart & Writ. Riley Madincea
5 Mins | Canada
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Chubby
Dir.& Writ. Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli
22 Mins | Canada
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Life Support
Dir.& Writ. Renuka Jeyapalan
8 Mins | Canada
Shorts Program # 3: Summer Shorts
Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them Thumbnail
Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them
Dir.& Writ. Tyler Lucrecia, Spencer Simpson
19 Mins | USA
They Won’t Last
Dir. Portlynn Tagavi & Writ. Portlynn Tagavi, Brandon Gale
16 Mins | USA
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I Killed a Person
Dir.& Writ. Nima Aghakhani
28 Mins | Iran
Wizards
Dir.& Writ. Zane McWilliams
22 Mins | USA