FilmL.A. Continues Support for New and Emerging Filmmakers

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FilmL.A. is committed to supporting the new and emerging filmmaking community in Los Angeles.  Whether it’s through attending introductory meetings at the request of local film educators or sponsoring and attending associated events, encouraging new and emerging talent helps sustain our creative economy.

This fall, as part of the 11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and screening series, FilmL.A. President Paul Audley participated in a panel entitled, “Los Angeles 101: What you need to know about Filming and Financing in L.A.,” presented in conjunction with Stage 32. The panel, moderated by Amanda Toney, Managing Director for, highlighted the L.A. based resources needed to complete a film project.  Other panelists included RB Botto – Founder & CEO Stage, Screenwriter and Producer (Crutch, Another Happy Day), David Rountree – Director, Producer (108 Stitches, Cut!), and Ken Kokin – Director, Producer (Usual Suspects, For Tomorrow: The Toms Shoes Story, Blood Moon).  Attendees walked away with a better understanding how to make a film in the region.

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This season also saw FilmL.A. participate in The Short List, The Wrap’s Short Film Festival.  The ShortList celebrates short film with a screening series and contest. At the end of the festival, three films are honored with prizes at the awards ceremony.  Prize packages included an EPIX Industry Prize of $5,000 cash and meeting opportunities with Paramount Pictures, MGM or Lionsgate to pitch their next project. There is an audience choice prize, sponsored by YouTube, awarding the winning filmmaker $10,000 toward the production of their next short film with 1st Ave Machine. The grand prize — known as the Creators League Award — includes a $5,000 cash prize and an artist-in-residence position with a $15,000 living stipend.  In addition, all three prize winners’ films were screened on the EPIX network and each winning filmmaker received a fee waiver certificate from FilmL.A., valued at $625.


Finally, FilmL.A. co-sponsored “On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project” (“On Location”) in October.  Produced by NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, On Location is a community outreach multimedia program that celebrates L.A. and the diversity of its culture and neighborhoods.  The evening included screenings of 21 finalists’ films, a sponsored mixer and after-party. Films were showcased to an audience of 500+ short film enthusiasts at the historic Hollywood Center Studios.


As part of our partnership, FilmL.A. provided advertising on our social media and main websites, printing services, and six FilmL.A. Permit Fee Waiver certificates to the winners of the contest.

“FilmL.A. participation in events for emerging filmmakers is something we take pride in,” says Executive Vice President Art Yoon.  “Events like these give us the opportunity to network with the future of the industry.”

Look for more coverage of FilmL.A. supported events here in FilmL.A. eNEWS and on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Featured image courtesy of New FilmMakers

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