UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies Film Festival
About the Festival:
UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies program presents the second annual UCLAxFilmFest! The festival is designed to showcase the best short films by our current and previous Entertainment Studies students.
UCLAxFilmFest 2017 will feature 15 student short films, followed by an industry panel and awards ceremony.
Tickets are free and open to the public.
Location: Regent Theatre
1045 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Kim Adelman – Filmmaker who began her career as a co-producer of the independent feature Just Friends. Ms. Adelman then produced 19 shorts that have played in more than 150 festivals, winning more than 30 awards. She has authored two film books, Making It Big in Shorts, Third Edition and The Ultimate Guide to Chick Flicks, and currently writes for Indiewire, the leading news source on independent film. Ms. Adelman received the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award in 2014 and the Distinguished Instructor Award in 2016.
Benjamin Arfmann – Writer/director who was mentored by fellow Bruins Alexander Payne and Dustin Lance Black while attending UCLA. Mr. Arfmann wrote and directed numerous shorts, and helped produce Jason Kohl’s The Slaughter (SXSW 2013). He is currently working with the History Channel to develop a scripted anthology based on the concept of his short film Random Stop, which was a BAFTA Student Award finalist and premiered at SXSW in 2014.
Monique Sorgen – Ms. Sorgen has been hired to write both scripted and unscripted television and film, for independent productions as well as major studios and networks, local and foreign. Ms. Sorgen has also directed short films and music videos that have been picked up for distribution. Most recently, her romantic comedy novel, How Long You Should Wait to Have Sex, became available in several foreign languages.
UCLAxFilmFestival will feature a screening of 15 student short films.
The films being screened are:
Film Screening: Block 1
The Cowboy – Directed and Produced by Omid Shabkhiz, Written by Peter Banifaz
Changes – Directed & Written by Roberto Escamilla Garduno, Produced by Roberto Escamilla Garduno, Nicholas B. Gianforti, & Joshua Berduo
Bristol Place – Produced by Lashunda Smith
Strings of Hope – Directed, Produced, and Written by Eva Merz
Vexed – Directed and Produced by Marc Cartwright
Music Therapy – Produced by Sonali Sundararaj and Selva K., Written & Directed by Tania Bhattacharya
High Way One – Directed & Written by Jonathan Dassonville, Produced by Jonathan Dassonville, James Slainmann, Aldo Joenoes, & Fama Coundoul
Proud Parent – Written by Eric B. Thornton, Directed by Ashram Shahrivar
Becoming Lucy – Directed and Written by Luisa Novo, Produced by Pipo Wagner, Daniela Shaw, & Lidia Damatto
Film Screening: Block 2
Step by Step – Directed by Wis Petter & Marco A. Diaz, Produced & Written by Wis Petter
Dead Flowers – Directed by Pablo Riquelme & Stephen R. Scott, Written by Stephen R. Scott, Pablo Riquelme, & Victor Mondejar, Produced by Victor Mondejar, Stephen R. Scott, & Pablo Riquelme
4D Help – Directed, Produced, and Written by Gyöngyi Szántó
XING – Directed & Written by Rosa Costanza, Produced by Erik Forssell, Ross Ryman, The Candy Kids, Andrew Venegas, and Rosa Costanza
OverAgain – Directed by Marc Pannia, Written by Marc Pannia and Lilianna Wilde
Corporation: Earth – Directed & Written by David Xarach, Produced by David Xarach & Dani Medina
Using Your Film Festival Experience to Leverage Your Career
So your short film is accepted into a film festival—what next? Short films are a calling card for filmmakers and many aspire to make a feature as a next step in their career. The panel discusses the creative issues related to transitioning from short films to features, including: should the story be a new concept or an expansion of the existing short film?; how to attract the best talent for the available budget; the delights and challenges of shooting with a larger budget; and how to package your project to ensure it gets made.
Kim Adelman (Moderator) – Filmmaker who began her career as a co-producer of the independent feature Just Friends. Ms. Adelman then produced 19 shorts that have played in more than 150 festivals, winning more than 30 awards. She has authored two film books, Making It Big in Shorts, Third Edition and The Ultimate Guide to Chick Flicks, and currently writes for Indiewire, the leading news source on independent film. Ms. Adelman received the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award in 2014 and the Distinguished Instructor Award in 2016.
Scott Agostoni – SVP of Development & Production and In-House Consultant at Dick Cook Studios. Scott also runs his own management and consulting practice. Previously, Mr. Agostoni was a Motion Picture & TV Literary/Graphic Novel agent with WME and Non-scripted & Alternative TV agent with WMA.
Dallas King – President of Red Rabbit Pictures, director, producer, writer that specializes in creating Sci-fi, Action, Horror, and Fantasy projects. Mr. King is the winner of the (MPAA) Motion Picture Association of America Award, The Caucus Foundation Award for Directing, a 3-time award recipient of the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts, and 1st place for the 2012 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing of his film Most Wanted.
Nikki Stier – Nikki Stier runs Development/Production at Good Deed Entertainment, an independent studio where she oversees a diverse slate of films. Previously, she worked at Twentieth Century Fox where she assisted in the development/production of projects including Maze Runner and Independence Day: Resurgence.
Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Best Unique and Artistic Film
Entertainment Studies Staff Pick
The winner of each award will receive free enrollment for any one (1) UCLA Extension class in any department, or may use their one (1) free enrollment toward the Independent Study program where the winner will have the opportunity to work on his or her own film projects under the mentorship of a UCLA Extension instructor.
Tickets are free and open to the public. You may pick up your reserved ticket on the day of the event.
Please note films may contain mature content. Viewer discretion is advised.