Join AFMI as we partner with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York) in presenting for NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Lebanese, Arab & Dutch Cinema. The event will be hosted at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mary Pickford Center’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
The evening begins with InFocus: Dutch Cinema, a collection of new and exciting work from Dutch short film directors.
The second program of the evening, InFocus: Lebanese Cinema, puts a spotlight on films by Lebanese filmmakers exploring childhood experiences, LGBTQ+ stories, family drama and modern isolation and loneliness. Co-presenting partners of this program include Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities Committee, the Los Angeles Cedars Foundation, World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU), Lebanese Film Festival, Tripoli Film Festival and Sister Cities of Los Angeles.
The night concludes with InFocus: Arab Cinema, co-presented in partnership with The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) and showcases a strong line-up of Syrian, Egyptian, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian and Tunisian stories told through dark humor, modern interpretations of folklore, and unflinching naturalitic lenses.
Doors will open to the public at 3:00pm with a pre-reception for the first shorts program, and the night will include a pre-reception before each of the evening’s programs, where attendees can sip libations and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. The event will conclude at 11:00pm.