UCLAxFilmFest 2020

Watch a diverse collection of powerful short films from around the world and garner up-to-date insights from industry panels!

About this Event

UCLAxFilmFest 2020 is going virtual!

The UCLAxFilmFest showcases the best short films by current and former Entertainment Studies students. We are excited to celebrate with our local and international film community and to share the achievements of our talented students.

Exclusively on August 14th, 15th and 16th (Fri-Sun)

Tickets for this virtual event are free and open to the public. Access is exclusive to ticket holders.

The Films:

Congratulations to the filmmakers whose films have been selected to screen at UCLAxFilmFest 2020!

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

Chatter – Written & Directed by Natasha Lewin

DakotaChrome – Written, Directed & Produced by D.J. Haye

Dispel – Written & Directed by Kylie Eaton

Face Your Fears – Written, Directed & Produced by Neil Stevens

Idda – Written, Directed & Produced by Salvatore Sclafani; Written & Produced by Paola Piccioli

Jeremy – Written & Directed by Enrique Rico Diaz; Produced by Enrique Rico Diaz, Cori Diaz & Josh Barsell

Miranda of Mind – Written & Directed by Bianca Ahonor; Produced by Noemie Sornet

Pao – Written, Directed & Produced by Molvatu Sae-Ue

Spooning – Written & Produced by Julia Lederer; Directed & Produced by Rebecca Applebaum

Still Trying – Written & Directed by Nicole N. Nequinto

The Birth of Valerie Venus – Written & Directed by Sarah Clift; Produced by Serena Armitage & Pietro Greppi

The Land of Dry Bones – Written & Directed by Darrell Lake; Produced by Darrell Lake, Joseph Harold, Joel Harold, Matt Hill & Jonatas DA Silva

The Scarf – Written & Directed Danda Russo; Directed by Luciana Battistini; Produced by Rosalia Brenner

Tinseltown – Written, Directed & Produced by Daniel Ongko

US|MX – Written & Directed by Joseph O Hooten

With Love, Ivana – Written & Directed by Cesar Cacho Quijada


Kim Adelman

Scott Edwards

Ray Ford

Henry LeBlanc

Fernando Scarpa

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 and Panelists To Be Announced


Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Best Film

Best Unique and Artistic Film

Best Director

Entertainment Studies Award

Audience Choice

The winner of each award will receive Final Draft and Movie Magic Scheduling software and 1 free UCLA Extension class.

All official selections will receive Chemical Wedding’s Artemis Pro and Helios Pro Filmmaker apps.


Please note that this virtual event is free and open to the public. Although the event is free, access is exclusive to ticket holders.

The UCLAxFilmFest 2020 is made possible in part by generous sponsorship from our founding sponsors:

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