LA Shorts International Film Festival will showcase 333 films coming from 23 countries on July 25 through August 2, 2018. Opening day will be held downtown at LA LIVE Regal Cinemas. The following 8 days move to Leammle Noho 7.
This year LA Shorts presents the first annual NEW WAVE CHINESE FILMMAKERS on opening day July 25 consisting of three film programs by Chinese American filmmakers.
There are 44 curated film programs, some of the special theme programs include: British Shorts, Crime, Romance, Parts Unknown, Southeast Asia, Sci Fi Fantasy, , Music, Horror/Suspense, Directed by SuperWomen, Comedy, Family/Kids, Animation, Documentaries, Awards Encore Screening.
The Documentary programs includes shorts from powerhouse creators; NETFLIX, ESPN, NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE ATLANTIC.
The animation block contains shorts from BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, DREAMWORKS ANIMATION, THE CARTON NETWORK, LEVEL-5, SEGA OF AMERICA.
This year’s list of films include celebrities, Billy Bob Thornton, Katie Holmes, Jane Lynch, Alfred Molina, Michael Madsen, Rob Belushi, Cameron Douglas, Philip Baker Hall, M. Emmet Walsh, Bubba Sparxxx, Rhea Perlman, Robert Davi, Eric Roberts, Joan Collins, Lea Thompson and David Arquette.
Winners in four categories will automatically become eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS®). Over the course of 22 years, the Festival has presented 55 films that have gone on to receive Academy Award® nominations. Winners will be announced at a encore screening on Thursday, August 2 at Leammle Noho 7.
In addition to the award-winning short films, the festival welcomes industry professionals presenting master classes, workshops, panel discussions free to participating filmmakers.
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 4:00 PM
Actors Read Screenplay Finalist from LA Shorts Competition
FRIDAY, JULY 27, 5:00 PM
Workshop – Pitching Session with Carole Dean (CEO – From The Heart Productions) and Carol Joyce (film producer)
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 5:00 PM
Masterclass – From Shorts to Features: If I Can Do It – Anyone Can! How to Reach Your Goals by Pen Densham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits)
MONDAY, JULY 30, 3:00 PM
Masterclass by Blizzard Entertainment Gurpreet Wahla (video game and animation producer)
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 4:00 PM
Interactive Discussion -Diversity in Film with Lionsgate’s CodeBlack Productions executive Christina Sibul
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 4:00 PM
Workshop – Breaking Into The Industry with film producer Tom Nunan and writer/actor Lisa Ebersole
This year LA Shorts presents SUMMER FILM AND ACTING CAMP FOR TEENS, JULY 30 – AUGUST 2, 2018 at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood.
At the Summer Film and Acting Camp, students will collaborate in different roles to create a story and execute the filming with guidance from industry professional instructors and mentors over the course of four days.