UCLA Extension

The sixth annual UCLAxFilmFest will take place virtually the weekend of August 27th – August 29th.

Presented by UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies programs, UCLAxFilmFest 2021 will celebrate a selection of exceptional short films, feature insightful industry panels, provide networking opportunities, and culminate in an awards ceremony.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Best Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Unique and Artistic Film
Entertainment Studies Award
Audience Choice

The winner of each award will receive free enrollment for any one (1) UCLA Extension class in any department. The winner of “Best Film” may use their one (1) free enrollment toward the Independent Study program where the winner will have the opportunity to work on their own film projects under the mentorship of a UCLA Extension instructor. The festival may add additional award categories, to be announced during the submission window.

UCLAxFilmFest 2021 Industry Judges

Kim Adelman
Colin Costello
Scott Edwards
Michael Green
Jennie Tugend

Congratulations to our UCLAxFilmFest 2021 Official Selections!

* Highlights Official Selections that were shot under the restrictions of the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Poem from YiQing
Written, Directed & Produced by Rong Yan

Written, Directed & Co-Produced by Jessica Redish

All We Know About IAN*
Produced by Lance Yijin Lao
Written, Directed & Produced by Danming Niu

Written & Directed by Shriya Rana

Bathroom Window*
Directed by Julia Gil de Freitas
Written by B. Paolucci

Beauty and the East
Written & Directed by Dhruv Uday Singh

Champ 5
Co-Directed by Paul Gatto, David Jester, Kathleen Strouse
Produced by Kathleen Strouse

Don’t Leave Me*
Written, Directed & Produced by Juan P. Soto

Written, Directed & Produced by Vergi Rodriguez
Co-Directed & Co-Produced Diana Zollicoffer

Hello, My Sweet Boy
Written, Directed, & Produced by Raphaël Dirani

Love in Times of Quarantine*
Written, Directed & Produced by Maju Cancella

Meeting Mavis
Written by Jared Pascoe & Directed by Jared Pascoe and Jennifer M. Taylor

Written & Produced by Matt Crosson
Directed & Produced by Brian A. Pollack
Produced by Sam Wickham

No Human Being is Illegal*
Directed by Samuel Villagra-Stanton

Red Watch
Produced by Cindy Wathen-Kennedy
Directed by David Kennedy
Written by & Starring Kyla Kennedy

Run Free
Co-Written, Directed, and Produced by Brandon Ravet

Stranger in the Closet*
Written, Directed & Produced by Robert Dill

The Only Beautiful Thing
Written & Directed by Elizabeth Irwin
Produced by Elizabeth Irwin, Rabia Sultana, & Mara Kassin

The Outcoming
Written & Directed by Maxim Varen
Produced by Maxim Varen & Michael Sasaki

Written & Directed by Alexandra Fehrman

The UCLAxFilmFest 2021 was made possible in part by generous sponsorship from:



Thank you to our UCLAxFilmFest Founding Sponsors