NFMLA Film Festival + the Academy | InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema 2023

September 23, 2023 01:00pm PDT - 10:30pm PDT
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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts the 2023 edition NFMLA’s Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Film Festival. The Festival will take place at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

The InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema line-up consists of four short film programs of noteworthy independent films from new talent that encompass a diversity of genres, narrative approaches and stories, told by emerging filmmakers from São Paulo Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela and the United States.

The in-person Festival day programming begins with InFocus: São Paulo, a collection of films curated in partnership with SPCINE that highlight the work of a diverse range of filmmakers from the city of São Paulo, Brazil. This block of films poetically explores and expands on themes of life and death, grief and hope, changing landscapes, poverty and marginalization, resistance, joy and the echoes of the past.

The Festival program continues in the afternoon with InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I – Interdependence, a complex collection of stories about the ways we have to rely on each other in beautiful and sometimes perilous ways. From sisters navigating an emergency with flair, to a teenage girl facing uncertainty with the help of her best friend, a mother and daughter at odds amidst their care for one another, to an alter boy facing the exploitation of a power dynamic, the everlasting bond of two sisters at a pivotal moment and the complex intergenerational relationships in a queer family.  

The third program, InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II – The Unexplainable, highlights a selection of narratives which capture experiences leaving these stories characters grasping for answers. Through horror, sci-fi, magic and the ambiguity of the human experience, these films confront us with memories, chance encounters, irresistible greed, folktales come to life, our own inner power, and the arrogance of advances that fail to account for humanity. 

The day of programming concludes with InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III – Through the Eyes of Youth, a selection of vivid stories told from the perspective of children and adolescents coming of age. In worlds where fantasy and reality blend, we find stories of aspiration and perseverance, the coming-of-age reimagining of family relationships, an intuitive understanding of freedom, and finding an inner strength amidst turmoil.

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 its filmmaking community as part of its monthly program. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Schedule Details

Program #1 – InFocus: São Paulo
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Pre-Reception
1:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Program
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema I – Interdependence
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Pre-Reception
3:30 PM – 5:15 PM – Program
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema II – The Unexplainable
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Pre-Reception
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM – Program
7:45 PM – 8:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #4 – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema III – Through the Eyes of Youth
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
Linwood Dunn Theater
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
1313 Vine St. | Los Angeles, CA 90028

Parking (complimentary)
Parking entrance on Homewood Ave. between Vine and Cahuenga

InFocus: São Paulo
Death INC Thumbnail
Death INC
Dir. Icaro Barbosa, Writ. Icaro Barbosa & Prod. Producer - Stephanie de Mello Dana Gil, Assistent Producer - Barbara Avena da Silva Andrade
9 Mins | Brazil
Love Letters
Dir. Ana Julia Travia, Writ. Ana Julia Travia & Prod. Heverton Lima
16 Mins | Brazil
Mutirao: The Movie
Dir. Lincoln Pericles (LKT), Writ. Lincoln Pericles (LKT) & Prod. Francineide Bandeira
10 Mins | Brazil
The Mangrove of all Brazils
Dir. Flavio Josa de Moraes, Thuan Mozart do Nascimento Baptista, Writ. Thuan Mozart do Nascimento Baptista & Prod. Helena Claro
23 Mins | Brazil
Big Bang
Dir. Carlos Segundo, Writ. & Prod.
14 Mins | Brazil
Next week, I promise you Palmares! Thumbnail
Next week, I promise you Palmares!
Dir. Lux Machado, Lara Julia, Writ. Ica Iuori & Prod. Larissa Cavalcante
19 Mins | Brazil
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema I - Interdependence
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Illegally Brown
14 Mins | USA
Dandelion (Cuanacaquilitl)
Dir. Lorena R. Valencia, Writ. Lorena R. Valencia & Prod. Lorena R. Valencia
17 Mins | Mexico
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Dir. Jeanette Dilone, Writ. Jeanette Dilone & Prod. Jeanette Dilone
16 Mins | USA
Piedra Dura
Dir. Rommel Villa, Writ. Rommel Villa & Prod. Simon Avila
20 Mins | Bolivia
Each Lovely Thing
Dir. Paloma Nozicka, Writ. Paloma Nozicka & Prod. Lucas A. Ferrara, Vance Smith
16 Mins | USA
Punk is Punk
Dir. Kimberly Bautista, Writ. Kimberly Bautista & Prod. Kimberly Bautista
17 Mins | USA
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema II - The Unexplainable
The Cookbook
Dir. Gabriela Paciel, Writ. Gabriela Paciel & Prod. Gabriela Paciel, Luke Brookshire
7 Mins | USA
Dir. Victor Velasco, Writ. Victor Velasco, Ginaris Sarra & Prod. Jaime Carbajal
15 Mins | USA
Dir. Felipe Martinez Carbonell, Writ. Felipe Martinez Carbonell & Prod. Felipe Martinez Carbonell, Cameron Wheeler
13 Mins | Argentina
The Ciguapa
Dir. Blaine Morris, Writ. Blaine Morris & Prod. Alexander Flores, Blaine Morris
14 Mins | USA
Above the Desert with No Name
Dir. Sonia Sebastian, Writ. Heather Older & Prod. Sonia Sebastian, Heather Older, Maarten Cornealis, Mauricio Arrojia
17 Mins | USA
The Ballad of Tita and the Machines
Dir. Miguel Angel Caballero, Writ. Luis Antonio Aldana, Miguel Angel Caballero & Prod. Helena Sardinha, Rafael Thomaseto
15 Mins | USA
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema III - Through the Eyes of Youth
Beautiful, FL Thumbnail
Beautiful, FL
Dir. Gabriela Ortega, Writ. Adrian Ferbeyre, Joel Perez & Prod. Helena Sardinha, Phillip Yaw Domfeh
16 Mins | USA
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The Astronaut
Dir. Damian Apunte, Writ. Damian Apunte & Prod. Erika Martinez, Taius Greenidge
5 Mins | USA
Wish Upon A Disco Ball
Dir. Anabel Inigo, Writ. Anabel Inigo & Prod. Rachel Allen, Danielle Mullins, Alissa Nguyen
19 Mins | USA
Brownsville Bred
Dir. Elaine Del Valle, Writ. Elaine Del Valle Del Valle & Prod. Leslie Cohen, Adrienne Lovette, Debbie Esko-Gold, Elaine Del Valle
20 Mins | USA
Dir. Guillermo Casarin, Writ. Guillermo Casarin & Prod. Julia M Quiceno, Joshua Powell, Guillermo Casarin
10 Mins | Mexico
Dir. Hector Ignacio Serrano, Writ. Hector Ignacio Serrano & Prod. Annissa Omran, Katherine Aranda, Savana Lua Vagueiro da Fonseca, Matt Johnson
19 Mins | USA