Monthly Film Festival

September 14, 2019 12:00am PDT - 11:59pm PDT
Aaron Ashford
Pantelion (partnership of Lionsgate Entertainment + Grupo Televisa)
Aimee Rivera
Skydance Media
Brian Pacheco
Walt Disney Television
Carlos Gaona
Warner Bros. Pictures
Casey Meurer
Christine Davila
Ojala Productions at Universal Content Productions (UCP)
Jessica Rose
Open Road
Joan Wai
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Kate Hurwitz
Cinetic Media
Michael Senzer
The Gersh Agency
Nacho Gil
VICE Studios Latin America
Robert Patla
Matthew Brodlie
María López De León
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
Jennifer Coates
Focus Features
Luane Gauer
Protagonist Pictures
Natalie Wegner
Michael Sauvage
United Talent Agency (UTA)
Carlos Aguilar
Film Critic / Journalist
Claudia Puig
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Dino Ray-Ramos
Editor | Deadline
Hebe Tabachnik
Film Festival Programmer | SIFF and PSIFF
Rosy Cordero
Entertainment Reporter | Entertainment Weekly (EW)

You’re invited to join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 for the annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema event. The program will be hosted at The Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

This month’s festival presents a powerful lineup of local and international films by world-class emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Spain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Australia, Canada and the United States across three short film programs. The evening presents three world premieres, Spanish filmmaker Fany de la Chica’s Something to Believe In (Algo en lo Que Creer) and Priscila Torres’ Thank You for Calling.

The programs begin with a collection of stories that capture experiences from a female point of view, exploring spirituality, violence and female friendship.

The lineup continues with a hard-hitting collection of films about immigration, emigration, processes bureaucratic and grassroots, and the people who are fighting to make a difference for those impacted by these life-changing and sometimes sudden journeys.

The final program culminates with an eclectic mix of genres that capture the spirit of persistence and challenging the status quo.

NFMLA and AMPAS have formed industry-wide alliances and partnerships to support this initiative. Industry Delegates include Matthew Brodlie at Disney+, Carlos Gaona at Warner Bros., Michael Senzer at The Gersh Agency, Aimee Rivera at Skydance Media, Aaron Ashford at Pantelion (a partnership between Lionsgate Entertainment and Grupo Televisa), Jessica Rose at Fox Searchlight Pictures, Brian Pacheco at Walt Disney Television, Robert Patla at HBO, Christine Davila at Warner Bros. Digital Networks Stage 13, Joan Wai at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Kate Hurwitz at Cinetic Media, Nacho Gil and Casey Meurer at VICE Studios and more. Program Moderators include Rosy Cordero at Entertainment Weekly (EW) and Claudia Puig at The Los Angeles Film Critics Assoication (LAFCA).

Doors will open to the public at 3:30 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 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 throughout the entire festival day. NFMLA’s Monthly Film Festivals are presented throughout the year with support from Executive Circle Sponsors FilmLA and HBO, Producers Circle Sponsor Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) and Foundation Supporters The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA | Golden Globes), Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, LA City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the California Arts Council.


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


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: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Program #1
Argemira Thumbnail
Dir. Bosco da Costa
10 Mins | Brazil/Canada
Taylor and Vanessa Thumbnail
Taylor and Vanessa
Dir. Christina Santa Cruz
17 Mins | USA
Insomniac Thumbnail
Dir. Anna Victoria Salinas
3 Mins | USA
We Vanish
Dir. Astrid Dominguez
23 Mins | Mexico/Australia
Something to Believe In (Algo en lo Que Creer) Thumbnail
Something to Believe In (Algo en lo Que Creer)
Dir. Fany de la Chica
13 Mins | USA/Spain
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Program #2
Thank You for Calling Thumbnail
Thank You for Calling
Dir. Priscila Torres
13 Mins | USA
La Casita Rosa
Dir. Elvin Herrera
13 Mins | Mexico/USA
This happened to you? (Esto Le Paso a Usted) Thumbnail
This happened to you? (Esto Le Paso a Usted)
Dir. Ana Maria Estrada
15 Mins | Peru
Finding Shelter
Dir. Marissa Chibas
28 Mins | USA
Processing Station Thumbnail
Processing Station
Dir. Rodrigo Espinosa
15 Mins | USA
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Program #3
Kiss Me Malibu Thumbnail
Kiss Me Malibu
Dir. Mikel Arraiz
4 Mins | Spain
And The Brave Shall Rise
Dir. Adam Schlachter
15 Mins | USA
Caminante, Caminante: La Leyenda del Huay Chivo
Dir. Luis Quijano
10 Mins | Mexico/USA
Until Dawn Comes
Dir. Aaron Acuna
31 Mins | Costa Rica
A Low-Budget Film Thumbnail
A Low-Budget Film
Dir. Paulo Leierer
13 Mins | Brazil