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DTLA Film Fest Award-Winning Filmmaker Launches New Film Distribution Company

Director Nicki Micheaux — who took home the Best Picture and the Audience Favorite Awards at the 2023 DTLA Film Festival — is launching a new distribution company with her directorial feature debut, “Summer of Violence,” as its first picture.

DTLA Film Fest Shorts Make Oscar List

Three shorts films that made their Los Angeles premiere screenings at the 2023 DTLA Film Festival were shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The films are:

  • “Bear” (Switzerland) by director Morgan Found — An amateur filmmaker who has filmed bears for years, contacts a film school looking for someone to edit his images into a film. A student comes forward. But when she digitises his archive, she discovers that the recordings are not only of bears. A discussion ensues about the power of a gaze and its voyeuristic violence.
  • “Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games” (U.S.) by director Joe Brewster — “Play” takes a historical look at the significant effect that Black girls have had on popular culture and Black musical aesthetics. Tracing back centuries, through an examination of African culture, the film takes a deep dive into the use of hand games and other artistic communications to combat cultural language that was forbidden.
  • “Wild Summon” (U.K.) by directors Karn Arieli and Saul Freed — A natural history fantasy film, following the dramatic life cycle of the wild salmon in human form. Narrated by Marianne Faithfull.

Congratulations to our alum filmmakers!

New Diversity Study Reinforces Mission of DTLA Film Fest

The latest findings by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have found that progress in hiring women and people of color as film directors stalled last year.

The study  blames the hiring practices of major Hollywood studios. It also blasted the studios’ promises for more inclusion after George Floyd’s murder and the #StopAsianHate movement as “performative acts” and “not real steps towards fostering change,” according to reporting by Los Angeles Times.

“Despite breakout films like ‘Barbie,’ the study underscores that the Hollywood studios are actually regressing when it comes to diversity in front of and behind the came. Our mission of screening movies in Los Angeles by filmmakers from groups underrepresented by the for-profit industry seems more relevant than ever,” said DTLF Film Festival co-founder Henry Priest.

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The Diversity of Filmmakers: DTLA festival showcases cinema spanning different genres

Often, films that fall within a specific genre or that are geared toward a certain community are presented at specialty film festivals. DTLA Film Festival brings together short and feature films of different genres, which are made by people from different backgrounds and tell the stories of varying communities.

DTLA Film Festival Announces 2023 Filmmaker Awards

Nicki Micheaux’s ‘Summer of Violence’ Takes Best Picture, ‘Hail Mary’s’ Rosemary Rodriquez Named Best Director and the two features share Audience Favorite Award

‘It’s Basic’ Honored as Best Documentary, and ‘The Fourth’ Best Short, and ‘This Is Your Song’ Best Screenplay, ‘The Countdown’ Best TV Pilot, ‘Girl at a Bar’ Best Web Series

LOS ANGELES | Nov. 5, 2023 – DTLA Film Festival – a leading showcase from independent films in Los Angeles – announced today its 2023 Filmmakers Awards. Director-writer Nicki Micheaux’s “Summer of Violence,” the festival’s Centerpiece Film, won Best Picture. Rosemary Rodriguez, the director of the festival’s Opening Night Film, “Hail Mary,” was named Best Director, and the two tied for Audience Favorite Award. “It’s Basic” by Marc Levin took the Best Documentary award.

DTLA Film Festival Announces Screenplay Winners

Jowanda Durham’s fantasy drama ‘Miss Alexander’ takes feature award

LOS ANGELES | Nov. 4, 2023 – DTLA Film Festival – a leading showcase for independent film in the historic heart of the Film Capital of the World – announced today the winners of its annual screenplay contest. The festival itself runs Nov. 1-5 at Regal L.A. Live cinemas in downtown Los Angeles

DTLA Film Festival Announces Industry Panels

Experts to tackle three hot-button issues impacting indie filmmakers
– A. I., diversity and distribution

LOS ANGELES | Oct. 28, 2023– DTLA Film Festival – a leading showcase for independent films in Los Angeles – will host three free-to-the-public film-TV industry panel discussions on Friday, Nov. 3, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Source Center

2023 DTLA Film Festival Unveils Short Film Lineup

46 Entries from Palestine to Poland and throughout the U.S. will compete for awards at the Los Angeles event, Nov. 1-5

LOS ANGELES | Oct. 16, 2023 — DTLA Film Festival – a leading showcase for independent film in the historic center of the Film Capital of the World – announced today its lineup of short films that will premiere at its 15th annual edition, Nov.1-5t at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

2023 DTLA Film Festival Announces Feature Line-Up

15th edition of annual nonprofit event set for November 1-5 at Regal L.A. LIVE with dozens of films of all genres making their Los Angeles premieres

Rosemary Rodriquez’s genre bender ‘Hail Mary’ opens festival with Centerpiece and Closing Night films also by women directors

LOS ANGELES | October 2, 2023 — The 15th annual DTLA Film Festival, set to run from November 1 through 5 at the Regal L.A. Live, announced its full feature lineup today. A total of 15 feature-length films are slated to screen alongside 15 shorts, webseries and TV pilots, with each making their World Premiere, US Premiere, West Coast Premiere, or Los Angeles Premiere.

‘Molli And Max In The Future,’ Sci-Fi Rom-Com Starring Zosia Mamet & Aristotle Athari, Picked Up By Level 33 Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Molli and Max in the Future, the sci-fi rom-com starring Girls‘ Zosia Mamet and SNL‘s Aristotle Athari that has drawn praise in its run at festivals including SXSW, has been picked up for North American distribution and international sales by Level 33 Entertainment.

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