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UCLAxFilmFest

Congratulations to the winning films and filmmakers!

Best Film:

La Madre Buena (The Good Mother) – Written and Directed by Sarah Clift

Best Unique and Artistic Film:

Holly Goes to Therapy – Written and Directed by Cat Ventura

Best Director:

Claudia Murray for Gringa – Co-Written and Produced by Lana Link

Entertainment Studies Staff Pick:

La Madre Buena (The Good Mother) – Written and Directed by Sarah Clift

Audience Choice Award: 

Turning the Tables – Written and Directed by Jay Rowan Tanner


UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies program presents the fourth annual UCLAxFilmFest! The festival is designed to showcase the best short films by our current and previous Entertainment Studies students.

UCLAxFilmFest 2019 will feature a selection of student short films, followed by an industry panel and awards ceremony.

Tickets for this event are free and open to the public. An RSVP is required to pick up your ticket and attend the festival. Please note that this event will be overbooked. Tickets may be picked up on the day of the event on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive on time to claim your ticket.

Location: Laemmle NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Schedule:
11:30-12:00PM – Doors Open
12:00-3:15PM – Screening of Films
3:30-4:30PM – Industry Panel
4:30-5:00PM – Awards Ceremony


The Films:

Congratulations to the filmmakers whose films have been selected to screen at UCLAxFilmFest 2019!

The films being screened are (in alphabetical order*):

100 Candles – Written by Produced Vanessa Every-Burns
A Peculiar Smell – Co-Written and Directed by Eva Saunders
Baba’s Next Chapter – Directed by Jamie C.X. Wang
Boxes – Written and Directed by Jeremy Borison
Every Morning – Written and Directed by Lucas Pincer-Flynn
Going Home – Written and Directed by Kate Harbin
Gringa – Co-Written and Produced by Lana Link
Holly Goes to Therapy – Written and Directed by Cat Ventura
La Madre Buena (The Good Mother) – Written and Directed by Sarah Clift
Lesbian Bandida Massacre – Directed by Vincent Augusto
Night Hawl – Written and Directed by Rong Yan
Non Ducor Duco – Written and Directed by Yera Dahora
Not Alone – Produced by Ran Yatim
Selah – Directed by Maya Cryor
The Monster – Written and Directed by Neil Stevens
Turning the Tables – Written and Directed by Jay Rowan Tanner

*Please note that this is not the order in which films will be screened.


Judges:

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.

Bijon Imtiaz – Award-winning narrative and documentary writer, director, and producer. After the international success of his features Kingdom of Clay Subjects (writer/director) and Live from Dhaka (producer), his current project Paradise has been an official selection at Berlinale’s co-production market.

Henry LeBlanc – Actor whose TV credits include appearances on ER, 24, Everybody Loves Raymond, Law and Order, and Scrubs, and regular appearances on The Jay Leno Show and The Bold and the Beautiful. His film credits include lead roles in independent films, such as Antebody, The Hit, and Fortune’s 500.


Industry Panel: 

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 the story: a new concept or as 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 insure it gets made.

Moderator

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.

 

Panelists:

Bijon Imtiaz

Award-winning narrative and documentary writer, director, and producer. After the international success of his features Kingdom of Clay Subjects (writer/director) and Live from Dhaka (producer), his current project Paradise has been an official selection at Berlinale’s co-production market.

 

 

 

 

Gary Rubin

Executive Vice President of Cohen Media Group (whose pictures include My Old Lady starring Maggie Smith and foreign language Oscar nominee Timbuktu). Earlier, Rubin has held such positions as President of First Independent Pictures. Executive Vice President of Artisan Entertainment and Vice President of October Films. In each of these, he has had responsibility in both acquisition (over 80 films) and distribution capacities.

 

 

 

Kate Rees Davies

Award-winning director with experience in narrative features, short film, music videos and commercials. A directing graduate of UCLA Extension, her love and enthusiasm of the craft of filmmaking is infectious. Six of her shorts have screened at Cannes. Kate also produces and writes her own projects along with features for independent filmmakers. Since graduating from UCLA Extension in 2011, she has produced 12 features and directed one. She has several projects in various stages of development and pre-production and is currently exploring the world of VR to create content for the next generation.

 

 


Awards: 

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. 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 his or her 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.


Ticketing:

To reserve your tickets for the UCLAxFilmFest, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uclaxfilmfest-2019-tickets-59911484864

Please note that this event is free and will be overbooked. Tickets may be picked up on the day of the event on a first-come-first-served basis. Nevertheless, an RSVP is required to attend, so don’t wait to get one!


After Party:

Join us after UCLAxFilmFest for an after party at The Federal Bar located across the street from the theater! There will be light refreshments and a cash bar.

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