Monthly Film Festival

September 26, 2020 12:15pm PDT - 09:00pm PDT

Buy Tickets

Hosted By

NFMLA Logo

Executive Circle Sponsors

150
FilmLA

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

CAA


HBO
sony
Easter Seals

POV
Screen International
The Walt Studios
Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

FOUNDATION SPONSORS

Hollywood Foreign Press
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Department of Cultural Affairs
California Arts Council
Hollywood Chamber
Banc of California
Sundance Institute

ACADEMIC DELEGATION PARTNERS

COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS

FESTIVAL INDUSTRY DELEGATION MEMBERS

Adam Martinez

Adam Martinez

CBS Television Studios

Adrian Ward

Adrian Ward

Banc of California

Austin Bowman

Austin Bowman

AGBO

Axel Caballero

Axel Caballero

WarnerMedia 150

Carole Kirschner

Carole Kirschner

CBS Writers Program & WGA Showrunners Program

Christopher Casanova

Christopher Casanova

Black Bear Pictures

Dave Neustadter

Dave Neustadter

New Line Cinema

Elishia Holmes

Elishia Holmes

MGM

Gabriel Mena

Gabriel Mena

M88

Greta Talia Fuentes

Greta Talia Fuentes

MACRO

Ilyse McKimmie

Ilyse McKimmie

Sundance Institute

Jaime Davila

Jaime Davila

Campanario Entertainment

Jerry Rojas

Jerry Rojas

Shelter PR

Joey Dizon

Joey Dizon

AGBO

Josh Williams

Josh Williams

AGBO

Luke Rodgers

Luke Rodgers

wiip

Nicolás Celis

Nicolás Celis

Pimienta Films (Producer of Roma)

Nuria Botella

Nuria Botella

Maxine Leonard PR

Ruben Garcia

Ruben Garcia

CAA

Sandra Condito

Sandra Condito

Sony Pictures International Productions

Shari Page

Shari Page

Half Initiative

PROGRAM MODERATORS

Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis

Variety

Gabriel Lerman

Gabriel Lerman

Golden Globes (HFPA)

Kristen Lopez

Kristen Lopez

IndieWire

Michael Ordona

Michael Ordona

Los Angeles Times

Omar Sanchez

Omar Sanchez

Entertainment Weekly (EW)


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) co-host a virtual edition of the annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema event, powered by Seed&Spark. The InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema line-up consists of two shorts programs and a presentation of Varda Bar-Kar’s feature documentary Fandango at the Wall. This event will include virtual screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and industry panels.

The weekend will feature a powerful lineup of local and international films by world-class emerging filmmakers and stories from the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Spain, Chile, and the Dominican Republic and presents three world premieres, Alberto Belli’s After Life Vacation, Alyssa Toledo’s Lift Off and Kate Romero’s Chronology.

The day begins with Shorts Program #1 – Figments, Fictions and Fantasies, a collection of films that play on narratives, both real and surreal, that we create for ourselves and the things that we choose to believe when confronted with uncertainty. Stories told in this block include a couple facing the choice of spending eternity together, a boy finding his own moral compass, a man using his childhood imagination to cope with a grim reality, a woman on a quest to regain her ability to dream, a college student orchestrating a fiction about his life for his visiting mother, a pair of trapeze artists whose trust is critically tested, and a young girl who escapes deportation by becoming a mermaid.

Next, the line-up continues with the West Coast premiere of director Varda Bar-Kar’s Fandango at the Wall, the inspiring story of a son jarocho concert that takes place simultaneously on both sides of the US/Mexico border, and the talented musicians who made it happen.

The evening concludes with Shorts Program #2 – Generational Echoes, a selection of narrative and documentary films centered on the relationships between generations and the meaningful effects that they have on one another. The program includes the story of a man visiting his deceased father’s partner, a time traveling woman grappling with her younger and older selves, a group of millennials delving into the history of the El Mozote massacre, one woman’s portrait of her father, parents facing the risks of traveling undocumented to see their daughter after an accident, a prehistoric family drama, and a young boy’s relationship with a grandfather whose reality is starting to slip away from him.

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

Schedule

Program #1: InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts #1 – Figments, Fictions and Fantasies
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #2: InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Feature – Fandango at the Wall
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Audience Q&A
Program #3: InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts #2 – Generational Echoes
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Venue

This year’s program will be held virtually. That’s right, everything is online. Please join our filmmaking community from the comfort of your home!

Program #1: InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I - Figments, Fictions and Fantasies

After Life Vacation

Dir. Alberto Belli & Writ. Maria Brasero
12 Mins | Spain
Film Synopsis
Media Kit

The Little Thief

Dir. Nicole Vanden Broeck & Writ. András Roder
3 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
Lift Off Thumbnail

Lift Off

Dir. & Writ. Alyssa Toledo
13 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis

Water Dreams

Dir. & Writ. Domingo Pablo Ortiz
11 Mins | Mexico
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
Being In Thumbnail

Being In

Dir. & Writ. Victor M. Rocha
14 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis

The Catch

Dir. Thais Drassinower & Writ. Camila Zavala
16 Mins | Peru
Film Synopsis

Dia de Las Carpas

Dir. Joao Dall'Stella & Writ. Marika Kato Hoag
15 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
Program #2: InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Feature - Fandango at the Wall

Fandango at the Wall

Dir. Varda Bar-Kar & Writ. Varda Bar-Kar, Kabir Sehgal
93 Mins | USA, Mexico
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
Program #3: InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II - Generational Echoes

Acuitzeramo

Dir. & Writ. Miguel Angel Caballero
16 Mins | USA, Mexico
Film Synopsis
Media Kit

Chronology

Dir. Kate Romero & Writ. Valerie Hurt
15 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit

Manzanal

Dir. Jon Ayon
7 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit

Papi

Dir. & Writ. Gabriela Ortega
7 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis

Undocumented

Dir. & Writ. Fernanda Belmar
9 Mins | USA
Film Synopsis
Media Kit

Nahjum

Dir. Sebastian Torres Greene, Manuel Del Valle & Writ. Sebastian Torres Greene, Manuel Del Valle, Erik Hirschhorn
17 Mins | Mexico
Film Synopsis
Media Kit
Napo Thumbnail

Napo

Dir. Gustavo Ribeiro & Writ. Gustavo Ribeiro , Gabriela Antonia Rosa
16 Mins | Brazil
Film Synopsis
Media Kit