UCLA Extension Launches UCLAxFilmFest on May 7 at Laemmle NoHo 7

UCLAxFilmFest presents short films by writers, directors and producers in Entertainment Studies

The inaugural one-day film festival, organized by Entertainment Studies at UCLA Extension, is designed to showcase the best short films by current and previous students.

Held on Saturday May 7, 2016, from 1:00-5:30 PM at the Laemmle NoHo 7, the UCLAxFilmFest is a free event.

The line-up features 11 short films, the awards ceremony, and an industry panel, Using Your Film Festival Experience to Leverage Your Career.

The films are (in alphabetical order)

Another Christmas directed by David Blankleider

The Holy Cave directed by Aleix Massot

Honey Pot directed by Merve Tekin

House of Monsters: Frank and the Zombie Girl directed by Dawn Brown

The Lake directed by Michael Buie

Milvio directed by Thales Corrêa

Re-entry directed by Greg Katz

The Restoration directed by Diana Chao

Single Mother Only Daughter directed by Ellie Wen

There is a Buzz directed by Tatiana Nikolaeva

Welcome to the Last Bookstore directed by Chad Howitt

The UCLAxFilmFest jury consists of three entertainment industry veterans and UCLA Extension Instructors – Kim Adelman, Stephen Stanley and David Martin-Porras.

Kim Adelman is a writer at Indiewire and is the producer of the 1996 independent feature Just Friends. She has produced 19 short films and garnered over 30 awards.  Adelman has authored two film books, The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide to Short Films and The Ultimate Guide to Chick Flicks.

Stephen Stanley is the head of acquisitions at Ketchup Entertainment where he has overseen the acquisitions and release of over twenty-five films including The Love Punch with Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson and the Ketchup-backstopped Samuel L. Jackson thriller, Big Game.

David Martin-Porras is an award-winning writer and director whose credits include Inside the Box, La Viuda (The Widow) for which he won the DGA Student Film Award, and Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip), which was a finalist for a student Academy Award. He also directed the feature Stealing Summers. Martin-Porras was selected as one of the top ten Spanish filmmakers on the rise by the industry publication Daily Variety in 2013 and nominated for a Goya Award in 2016.

UCLAxFilmFest awards categories are: Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Narrative Film, Entertainment Studies Staff Pick, Audience Choice, and Audience Choice Runner Up.

The winner of the Best Film Award receives free enrollment for any two UCLA Extension classes in any department, one of which may include 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 winners of each award besides the Best Film Award will receive free enrollment for any one UCLA Extension class in any department, or may use their one 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.

UCLAxFilmFest tickets are free and can be reserved here. The Laemmle NoHo 7 is located at 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

For more information, please visit Entertainment Studies Film Festival or call at 310-825-9064. #UCLAxFilmFest