Monthly Film Festival

September 24, 2022 03:00pm PDT - 10:15pm PDT

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UCLA Extension WP Logo
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Department of Cultural Affairs
Banc of California

City National Bank
Hollywood Foreign Press
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Picture Shop
South Park Center
Film Track

Hollywood Chamber
LA Times
Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council

Industry Delegates

Alexander Zahn


Roberto Larios


Beatriz Sequeira

Blumhouse Productions

Christine Davila

Ojala Productions at Universal Content Productions (UCP)

Georgina González Rodríguez


Jessica Rose

Open Road

Jon Huertas

Actor on This is Us

Sandra Condito


Alex Gutierrez

Discovery OneFifty

Crystal Caicedo


Matt Martin


Paul Perez

Perez Pictures

Dana Jackson

Echo Lake Entertainment

Cristina Garza

Endeavor Content

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) co-host the annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema event, which returns in person this year. The InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema line-up consists of three short film programs of exceptional independent films from emerging talent  that highlight a range of genres, storytelling styles and narratives from filmmakers and stories hailing from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States.

The weekend’s programming begins with  InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I – Connection and Disconnection,  a rich collection of narrative and documentary work about the nature of connection and disconnection. We explore the complexities of family, the pain of loss and trauma, the traditions that bind generations and chance encounters that change everything. From finding love to fighting for safety and offering comfort, these films offer a range of emotions, experiences and impacts of family and community.

Next, InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II – The Surreal, a selection of stories expressed through horror, science fiction, magic and narratives that blur the line between the real and surreal. There is a pointed realness to the vivid worlds these films create using enchanted spaces, body horror, space exploration and dreamlike landscapes. 

The evening concludes with InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III – Representation,  a line-up of films that explore the idea of representation from a variety of angles and ask what it means to to represent and be represented – in media, geographically, in the crafting of an onstage persona and in the way individuals choose to engage with their culture and what it means to them.  

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: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I – Connection and Disconnection
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Pre-Reception
3:45 PM – 5:30 PM – Program
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2 – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II – The Surreal
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM – Pre-Reception
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Program
8:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3 – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III – Representation
8:15 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
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
1313 Vine St. | Los Angeles, CA 90028

Parking (fee)
Please make sure to enter parking off of Homewood Ave. between Vine and Cahuenga (note: you can only enter Homewood Ave. from Cahuenga)

InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts I - Connection and Disconnection

Pool Boy

Dir. Luke Willis, Writ. Luke Willis & Prod. Julia Epstein-Norris, Justin Barker
11 Mins | USA
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Any Place

Dir. Minerva Rivera Bolaos, Writ. Fanie Soto, Minerva Rivera Bolaos & Prod.
13 Mins | Mexico

No Soy Oscar

Dir. Jon Ayon, Writ. Jon Ayon & Prod. Emily Ruth Smith
15 Mins | USA/Mexico


Dir. Manuel Del Valle, Writ. Alexandra Segel, Manuel Del Valle & Prod. Sebastian Torres Greene
20 Mins | USA/Mexico


Dir. Giulio Meliani, Writ. Giulio Meliani & Prod. Loren Semmens
14 Mins | USA
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All Because Of The Damned Blonde’s Son

Dir. Danilo Vargas Martinez, Cristian Roberto Hernandez Figueroa, Writ. Cristian Roberto Hernandez FIgueroa & Prod. Kisarys Garcia, Vicente De Pea, Kimberly Taveras, Ana Martinez
18 Mins | Dominican Republic
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts II - The Surreal


Dir. Victor Velasco, Writ. Victor Velasco & Prod. Victor Velasco
4 Mins | USA


Dir. Sylvia Ray, Writ. Marco Antonio Parra & Prod. Destinee Stewart
10 Mins | USA
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Dir. Jose Luis Aparicio, Writ. Carlos Melin & Prod. Leila Montero, Daniela Muaoz, Jose Luis Aparicio, Gabriel Aleman
30 Mins | Cuba

Who? How? And Where?

Dir. Victoria Garza, Writ. Victoria Garza & Prod. Ana Calderon
11 Mins | Mexico


Dir. Nicole Mejia, Writ. Nicole Mejia, Don DiPetta & Prod. Nicole Mejia, Don DiPetta, Blanca Balleste
15 Mins | USA
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I’m A Vampire

Dir. Sofia Garza-Barba, Writ. Sofia Garza-Barba & Prod. Sofia Garza-Barba, Juan Jose Montes Iglesias
15 Mins | Mexico

Noche Del Infierno (Hell Night)

Dir. Andrew Reid, Writ. Jesenia Ruiz, Vee Saieh & Prod. Gia Rigoli, Jake Katofsky
14 Mins | USA
InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Shorts III - Representation
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Bad Hombrewood

Dir. Guillermo Casarin, Writ. Guillermo Casarin & Prod. Marian Cook, Santos Herrera
24 Mins | USA
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Mas Latina

Dir. Janeva Adena Zentz, Tim Young, Writ. Janeva Adena Zentz, Tim Young & Prod. Janeva Adena Zentz
14 Mins | USA
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Sabor Artico: Latinos En Alaska (Arctic Flavor: Latinos In Alaska)

Dir. Indra Arriaga Delgado, Writ. Indra Arriaga Delgado & Prod.
20 Mins | Mexico

Tejano Night

Dir. Alexander Rosales, Writ. Alexander Rosales & Prod. Carlos Estrada, Lizette Barrera, Humberto Perez, Monica Santis, Alexander Rosales
13 Mins | USA
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Bertie The Brilliant

Dir. Gabriela Garcia Medina, Writ. Gabriela Garcia Medina, Joshua Sankar & Prod. Vicki Syal, Tara Ricasa, Gabriela Garcia Medina, Dylan Costa, Moanna Sherrill
24 Mins | USA