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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 on Monday, April 10th.

Location: Regent Theatre
1045 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm



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.

The Films:

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
ChangesDirected & Written by Roberto Escamilla Garduno, Produced by Roberto Escamilla Garduno, Nicholas B. Gianforti, & Joshua Berduo
Bristol PlaceProduced by Lashunda Smith
Strings of HopeDirected, Produced, and Written by Eva Merz
VexedDirected and Produced by Marc Cartwright
Music TherapyProduced by Sonali Sundararaj and Selva K., Written & Directed by Tania Bhattacharya
High Way OneDirected & Written by Jonathan Dassonville, Produced by Jonathan Dassonville, James Slainmann, Aldo Joenoes, & Fama Coundoul
Proud ParentWritten by Eric B. Thornton, Directed by Ashram Shahrivar
Becoming LucyDirected and Written by Luisa Novo, Produced by Pipo Wagner, Daniela Shaw, & Lidia Damatto

Film Screening: Block 2

Step by StepDirected 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 HelpDirected, Produced, and Written by Gyöngyi Szántó
XINGDirected & Written by Rosa Costanza, Produced by Erik Forssell, Ross Ryman, The Candy Kids, Andrew Venegas, and Rosa Costanza
OverAgainDirected by Marc Pannia, Written by Marc Pannia and Lilianna Wilde
Corporation: Earth Directed & Written by David Xarach, Produced by David Xarach & Dani Medina



Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Best Film
Best Unique and Artistic Film
Best Director
Entertainment Studies Staff Pick
Audience Choice

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.


Please check back on April 10th for more information on how to reserve your ticket for UCLAxFilmFest.

Please note films may contain mature content. Viewer discretion is advised.