Monthly Film Festival

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

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