Monthly Film Festival

October 21, 2023 03:00pm PDT - 10:30pm PDT
Industry Delegates
Marisa Moreno
STX Entertainment
Montserrat Gómez
Roel Reine
Steven Adams
Alta Global Media
Madeline Chais
Twentieth Century Studios
Mitchell Bendersky
Expectation Management
Rodrigo Moscoso
Zero Gravity Entertainment
Ashlie Sapiro

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its October line-up, featuring its annual InFocus: Veteran Cinema program. The weekend’s programming also includes an exciting collection of Fall Shorts, which include a selection of work from McMinnville Short Film Festival, as well as the North American premiere of director Ray Izad-Mehr’s feature narrative Guillotine

Saturday’s programming begins with Fall Shorts, a collection of shorts presented as part of NFMLA’s ongoing monthly program. The block opens with a sampling of films from this year’s McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF). MSFF is held annually each February in McMinnville, Oregon, is internationally recognized and focuses on a diverse range of narrative topics and voices, while raising visibility for local Willamette Valley and Pacific Northwest based filmmakers and striving to increase the collaborative dialogue between creative peers in an easily accessible cultural event. The block as a whole covers a spectrum of genres and stories of mistaken identity, blackmail, body horror, fetishization, mental health, family relationships, public service and gentrification. 

 The afternoon’s programming continues with the North American premiere of director Ray Izad-Mehr’s feature debut, Guillotine. This gory, clever, fast-paced horror comedy tells the historic tale of the guillotine through five dynamic and stylistically diverse vignettes. 

The evening concludes with InFocus: Veteran Cinema Shorts, which spotlights the talent of military veterans in front of and behind the camera in a program that digs into serious topics in thoughtful and novel ways through vignettes, intimate portraits, fantasy and science fiction. 

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. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The South Park Center is an ADA compliant venue and is wheelchair accessible. We request captioned films from all filmmakers participating at our Festival. For any accessibility needs, please send a request to at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – Fall Shorts
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Pre-Reception
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Program
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – Feature Narrative | Guillotine
5:45 PM – 6:15 PM – Pre-Reception
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Program
7:45 PM – 8:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Veteran Cinema
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Pre-Reception
8:30 PM – 10:15 PM – Program
10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Event Location

Event Entrance
1139 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Paid Parking
1133 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Fall Shorts
MSFF @ NFMLA: Cross Eyed Dominatrix Thumbnail
MSFF @ NFMLA: Cross Eyed Dominatrix
Dir. Jason Rosenblatt, Writ. Jason Rosenblatt & Prod. Jason Rosenblatt
3 Mins | USA
MSFF @ NFMLA: Bear the Courthouse Canine Thumbnail
MSFF @ NFMLA: Bear the Courthouse Canine
Dir. ZP Productions, Michelle Williams
5 Mins | USA
MSFF @ NFMLA: Father Mary Thumbnail
MSFF @ NFMLA: Father Mary
Dir. Sarey Martin, Writ. Sarey Martin & Prod. Sarey Martin, Stephen Cervantes, Daniel Miller
7 Mins | USA
MSFF @ NFMLA: Baby Fever Thumbnail
MSFF @ NFMLA: Baby Fever
Dir. Hannah May Cumming, Writ. Hannah May Cumming, Alex Hartwig & Prod. Emma Nichole Cogan
26 Mins | USA
Ethnic Slut
Dir. Chris Blanco, Writ. Chris Blanco & Prod. Kinder Labatt
14 Mins | USA
Jimmy Boden
Dir. Christopher Pickering, Writ. Christopher Pickering & Prod. Cole Sanchez, Nathan Xia
10 Mins | USA
The Mountain
Dir. Clare Macdonald, Writ. Adam Steedman Thake & Prod. Robyn Forsythe
15 Mins | UK
A Mother’s Love
Dir. Julissa Sofía Martínez Ojeda, Writ. Julissa Sofía Martínez Ojeda & Prod. Gadiela M. González
13 Mins | Puerto Rico
This one is for the neighborhood Thumbnail
This one is for the neighborhood
Dir. Miguel Melo, Writ. Miguel Melo & Prod. Josslyn Glenn
15 Mins | USA
Feature Narrative | Guillotine
Dir. Ray Izad-Mehr, Writ. Sara Vahabi & Prod. Uriah Herr, Tamas Birinyi
90 Mins | USA
InFocus: Veteran Cinema
Men Grieving
Dir. Adam Peltier, Writ. Adam Peltier & Prod. Lucas Brahme, Connor Linnerooth, Adam Peltier
13 Mins | USA
Bad Day Thumbnail
Bad Day
Dir. Michael D. Aguilar, Writ. Michael D. Aguilar & Prod. Michael D. Aguilar, Tyler Loaiza
9 Mins | USA
In The Gray
Dir. Alexandra Hensley, Writ. Alexandra Hensley & Prod. Kelan Brown, Tricha Kumar
13 Mins | USA
Dir. Donovan Wilson, Writ. Donovan Wilson & Prod. Connie Wilson, James Winters
11 Mins | USA
A Way Home
Dir. Claire Chubbuck, Writ. Alvaro Orlando & Prod. Nathan Paul
21 Mins | USA
The Abatement
Dir. Brian Braddock, Travis Land, Writ. Brian Braddock & Prod. Brian Braddock
16 Mins | USA
Ignition Thumbnail
Dir. Derek Toombs, Writ. Derek Russell Toombs & Prod. John Marcano
9 Mins | USA