Monthly Film Festival

October 16, 2021 12:30pm PDT - 09:15pm PDT

Community Collaborators

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Bunker Labs Logo
Writers Guild Foundation Logo

Industry Delegates

Christopher Casanova

Black Bear Pictures

Dylan Harris

Working Title Television

Jenny Halper

Maven Screen Media

Bryan Diperstein

ICM Partners

Shane Riley

Cinetic Media

Shelby White

Endeavor Content

Antonio D’Intino

Circle of Confusion

Lydia Ianni

Cinema Management Group


Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.


Sarah Adina Smith

Director, Birds of Paradise

Jonako Donley

Producer, Birds of Paradise

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its October line-up, featuring its annual InFocus: Veteran Cinema program, a selection of films from Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival, the LA premiere of Chris Shimojima’s Alberto and the Concrete Jungle, and an exciting collection of “Fall Shorts,” from NFMLA’s ongoing selection. Each screening will take place virtually and will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom.

The day begins with shorts program Made in Balleares, a selection of films curated in partnership with Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival highlighting the festival’s local talent with work produced and directed by filmmakers from the Balearic Islands. The line-up includes stories of imagination, perseverance and strength.

Next, InFocus: Veteran Cinema Shorts features an eclectic line-up that spotlights the talent of military veterans in front of and behind the camera, this program covers diverse stories and filmmaking styles and genres that span across comedy, drama, romance and suspense.

The afternoon continues with the LA premiere of Alberto and the Concrete Jungle, writer-director Chris Shimojima’s delightfully frenetic debut feature about a digital nomad on an adventure game-style quest for this freedom.

The evening concludes with Fall Shorts, an impactful mix of short narratives from NFMLA’s ongoing programming that invites us to explore family secrets, the mysteries of eternity, how upheaval can both change everything and nothing at all, finding our voice in uncertain times, and finding strength in others.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year, across both our general and InFocus programming. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects for consideration for upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the schedule for InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region by spotlighting communities of filmmakers within our filmmaking community as part of our monthly program.

Schedule Details

Program #1: Shorts Program #1 – Made in Balleares (In Partnership with Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival)
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: Shorts Program #2 – InFocus: Veteran Cinema
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: Feature: Alberto and the Concrete Jungle
3:30 PM – 5:15 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #4: Shorts Program #3 – Fall Shorts
6:15 PM – 8:15 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM – Audience Q&A

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Shorts Program #1 - Made in Balleares (In Partnership with Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival)


Dir. Toni Bestard, Writ. Toni Bestard & Prod. Toni Bestard
14 Mins | Spain

Green Silk

Dir. Marina Wagner Moll, Writ. Marina Wagner Moll & Prod. Marina Wagner Moll
15 Mins | Spain

Those Who Should Have Been to Paris

Dir. Jaume Carrio, Writ. Laura Gost & Prod. Jaume Carrio, Laura Gost
7 Mins | Spain


Dir. Marga Melia, Writ. Marga Melia & Prod. Marga Melia
20 Mins | Spain

The Legend of Oriol

23 Mins | Spain
Shorts Program #2 - InFocus: Veteran Cinema


Dir. Enrique 'Rico' Diaz, Writ. Simon Morton & Prod. Sakura 'Suki' Ramirez
9 Mins | USA

Guide On

Dir. Paige Compton, Writ. Paige Compton & Prod. Tara Donovan
16 Mins | USA
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3:35 to Boston

Dir. Kay Barnes, Writ. Barbara Autin & Prod. Barbara Autin, Kay Barnes
9 Mins | USA
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Dir. Jared Januschka, Writ. & Prod.
14 Mins | USA
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A War on Friendly Grounds

Dir. King Jaquell Martin, Deante Gray, Writ. King Jaqueill Martin & Prod. Dana Gaubetz, Tiffany Fresco, Jimilee Allen, Rania Sulfa
13 Mins | USA


Dir. Anthony Florez, Writ. Anthony Florez & Prod. Annika Dawson
18 Mins | USA
Feature: Alberto and the Concrete Jungle

Alberto and the Concrete Jungle

Dir. Chris Shimojima, Writ. Chris Shimojima & Prod. Chris Shimojima, Paull Cho, Hill Harper
99 Mins | USA
Shorts Program #3 - Fall Shorts

The Hideaway

Dir. Jane Stephens Rosenthal , Writ. Jane Stephens Rosenthal & Prod. Ross O'Shea, Katie Paczynska
15 Mins | USA

Dead Talks

Dir. Chukwudi 'Chuck' Anakwenze, Writ. Chukwudi 'Chuck' Anakwenze, Jasmine Reese, Ian Truitner & Prod. Chukwudi 'Chuck' Anakwenze, Liza Wagner, We Make Movies
26 Mins | USA
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Smile of the Mask

Dir. Abbas ghazali, Writ. Abbas ghazali & Prod.
6 Mins | Iran


Dir. Kylie Murphy, Writ. Kylie Murphy & Prod. Jose Acevedo, Liv Pratt, Jess Zheng
12 Mins | USA
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Red Panda

Dir. Ali Paknia, Writ. Ali Paknia & Prod. Mahbod Abghary
15 Mins | Iran

What Kind Of Day Has It Been?

Dir. Elijah Reynolds, Writ. Elijah Reynolds & Prod. Elijah Reynolds, Emman Sadorra, Liv Johnson, Aubrey Pyser
10 Mins | USA

Zeta Project

Dir. Emmanuel Sochima Nwakaeze, Eben Odonkor, Writ. Emmanuel Nwakaeze, Eben Odonkor, Brian aether & Prod. Emmanuel Sochima Nwakaeze, Eben Odonkor
10 Mins | Canada
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Sadak Chaap (Street Stamped)

Dir. Riddhi Talreja, Writ. Riddhi Talreja, Harriet Beaney & Prod. Apoorva Charan
14 Mins | USA/India