Monthly Film Festival

// South Park Center

Hosted By


Presenting Partner

Canada Consulate

Sponsored By

Presenting Venue Sponsor

Champion Sponsor


Executive Circle Sponsors

HBO CollabsFilmLA

Producers Circle Sponsors


Community Collaborators


Festival Guests

Erika Olde

Erika Olde

Producer – Home Again | November Criminals | The Female Brain | Women Walks Ahead | American Woman

Brad Peyton

Brad Peyton

Director – Rampage | San Andreas | Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Nicholas Tabarrok

Nicholas Tabarrok

Producer – Stockholm | Numb | Benjamin

David Gorder

David Gorder

Producer – Rush Hour 3 | X-Men: Last Stand | Fantastic Four

Graham Ludlow

Graham Ludlow

Producer – The Condemned | Anya’s Bell | Eight Days to Live

Joan Wai

Joan Wai

Senior Manager of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting – AMPAS

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) presents InFocus: Canadian Cinema on Saturday, July 27th, 2019, co-hosted by the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and sponsored by Seneca College and Mount Saint Mary’s University. The 2019 line-up consists of two short film programs highlighting a a diverse set of voices from all over Canada, including alumni of festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Sundance, Slamdance, Berlin International Film Festival and Palm Springs ShortFest.

The evening begins with Canadian Cinema Shorts Program One, which features a thought-provoking animated film, a bittersweet story captured in a cinematic music video, contemplation of social norms through new perspectives and exciting new work by French Canadian and First Nations filmmakers, such as the Berlinale-winning ‘Just Me and You.’

Canadian Cinema Program Two offers a selection of stories that ask us to examine our perception through narrative, documentary, animated and experimental work from up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, including Alexandra Lazarowich’s ‘Fast Horse,’ winner of the Sundance 2019 Special Jury Award for Directing.

The evening concludes with a mix of short narratives that span from historical to horror comedy that offer spotlights into the unexplored corners of familiar stories, contemplating the meaning in the mundane, the invisible narratives in war as well as the battle with ourselves and others.

The NFMLA Monthly Film Festival is supported by venue sponsor South Park Center, Executive Circle sponsors FilmLA and HBO and Foundation Supporters CA Arts Council, LA City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), LA County Arts Commission and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Schedule Details

Shorts Program #1 – InFocus: Canadian Cinema Program #1
4:00 PM – Pre-Reception
4:30 PM – Program
6:00 PM – Audience Q&A
Shorts Program #2 – InFocus: Canadian Cinema Program #2
6:15 PM – Pre-Reception
6:45 PM – Program
8:15 PM – Audience Q&A
Shorts Program #3
8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
9:00 PM – Program
10:30 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

Shorts Program #1: InFocus: Canadian Cinema Program #1
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Hair: The Story of Grass

Dir. Maha Al-Saati
15 Mins | Saudi Arabia/Canada
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Bygone Bugs

Dir. Barnabas Wornoff
5 Mins | Canada
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Just Me and You

Dir. Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers
22 Mins | Canada
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My Boy (Mon Boy)

Dir. Sarah Pellerin
12 Mins | Canada
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Silver Light

Dir. Brad McDermott
5 Mins | Canada
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Romance Language

Dir. José Avelino Gilles Corbett Lourenço
6 Mins | Canada
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Turning Tables

Dir. Chrisann Hessing
16 Mins | Canada
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Shorts Program #2: InFocus: Canadian Cinema Program #2
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Fast Horse

Dir. Alexandra Lazarowich
13 Mins | Canada
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Dir. Aaron Ries
12 Mins | Canada
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Dir. Handuo Zhang
12 Mins | Canada
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Now or Never

Dir. Rose Schimm
11 Mins | Canada
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Dir. Yannick Nolin, Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau
10 Mins | Canada
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Nothing to Say

Dir. Aubry Mintz
10 Mins | Canada
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Little Grey Bubbles

Dir. Charles Wahl
12 Mins | Canada
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Shorts Program #3
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Dir. Stephen Vanderpool
18 Mins | USA
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Dir. Mary Lyn Chambers
13 Mins | USA
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In Circles (Palibut-libot)

Dir. San-San Onglatco
7 Mins | Philippines/USA
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Molly’s Single

Dir. Ariel Gardner
24 Mins | USA
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Dir. Rakefet Abergel
15 Mins | USA
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