NFLA considers itself “an organization designed to show off innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events”. It also offers a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions and network with industry professionals to discuss projects and seek insight on all aspects of filmmaking – from production to distribution to acquisition and representation.
HollyShorts is an organization dedicated to showcasing the best short films (30 min. or less) from around the globe and to helping filmmakers to advance in their careers by offering screenings, networking opportunities and panel discussions. The HollyShorts Film Festival began in 2005 and has gained momentum and stature ever since.
For HollyShorts, FilmL.A. put together a panel as part of its short film festival (August 11-18) titled “Filming in L.A.: Everything You Need A-Z”. FilmL.A. President Paul Audley, FilmL.A. Chair and Location Manager Ed Duffy, and Location Manager Tim Hillman participated.
FilmL.A. also created and presented an award on the festival’s final evening to Melissa Ciampa for directing the Best Short Film Shot in L.A., her “John Doe.”
“We love supporting local filmmakers and are here to provide education and assistance in regards to their films shot locally,” said FilmL.A. Vice President Todd Lindgren. “To be frank, a lot of young filmmakers are often fearful of or oblivious to the rules that govern on-location production, and we want to demystify the process and make it as easy as possible,” he added.
(Photo: FilmL.A. VP, Communications & Public Affairs Todd Lindgren with Melissa Ciampa, winner of the best film shot in Los Angeles at the HollyShorts Film Festival.)