Nice Shoes

2020 Official Selection:  Music Video

A retro sci-fi extravaganza with over 40 movie and tv references.

Director(s): Jonathan Lawrence
Writer(s): Jonathan Lawrence and Tommy Mack
Producer(s): Tommy Mack
Cast: Tommy Mack, Tally Briggs, Theresa Ireland, Andrew Elkins, Iredivina Vio, Robert Magness

A sci-fi music video as meaningless as the song

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Cold Hard Blood

2020 Official Selection:  Narrative Short Film – Horror

In a nightmarish near-future Los Angeles where human blood is a hot commodity, a former criminal sets out on a mission of vengeance against the corrupt evangelist who nearly took everything from her.

Director(s): Quinn Bailey
Writer(s): Quinn Bailey
Producer(s): Alexandra Aguas
Cast: Alicia Blasingame, Liam Fountain, Talyn Edelson, Kyle Dal Santo, Jake O’Ceallaigh

In 2052, all lives have worth. Some are just worth more than others.

2020 Official Selections – Films

Far Gone

2020 Official Selection:  Narrative Short Film – Horror

Struggling with loss, drug addiction and a sense of reality. Matthew is terrorized by a demonic presence… can he survive?

Director(s): Gabriel Mayorquin
Writer(s): Rafael Quiroga, Gabriel Mayorquin
Producer(s): Gabriel Mayorquin
Cast: Andre Montano, Mikale Washington, Ashley Scharf, Alberto Sanchez

Lindsay? Why are you doing this?

2020 Official Selections – Films

The World Inside

2020 Official Selection:  Narrative Short Film – Drama

Camila’s world seems perfect on the outside, but appearances are deceiving. She risks everything by keeping a book a secret.

Director(s): Luisa Novo
Writer(s): Luisa Novo
Producer(s): Luisa Novo, Denise Szabo, Vanessa Sandre
Cast: Vanessa Sandre, Lucas Lacerda Albuquerque, Clei Grött

Look beyond the surface.

2020 Official Selections – Films

2020 Official Selections

We are proud to announce the 2020 FILA Official Selections.  You can click here to learn more about the films and click here to learn more about the scripts.

Narrative Feature Film
American SciFi
Desire Lines
Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers
Life’s A Bitch And Then One Kills You
Three Roads

Documentary Feature Film
Comfort Farms
Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America

Documentary Short Film

Narrative Short Film – Comedy
First States
Granny Knows Best
Grief Vigilantes
How To Save A Marriage
Joseph turns 42 (Or the Inconsistency of Wonders)
Sofa Queen

Narrative Short Film – Drama
Fantasmas (Ghosts)
Kama’āina (Child of the Land)
Kids Don’t Die
LA Break up
Passenger Man
The Bus to Birra Birra
The Hostess
The Squirrels in the Attic
The World Inside
To the Moon and Back

Narrative Short Film – Experimental/Arthouse
His Mother
Kiko’s Saints

Narrative Short Film – Horror
Cold Hard Blood
Far Gone
Village of the Gramned

Kama’āina (Child of the Land)

2020 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film – Drama

After suffering abuse from her stepfather, a 16 y/o queer Mahina must navigate life on the streets, until she eventually finds refuge at the Puuhonua o Waianae – Hawaii’s largest organized homeless encampment.

Director(s): Kimi Howl Lee
Writer(s): Kimi Lee
Producer(s): Anastasia Solovieva and Sabina Friedman-Seitz
Starring: Malia Kamalani Soon, Twinkle Borge, Sabina Friedman-Seitz, Alex Suvusa, Nainoa Brown-Kahananui, Aria Alexander, Lenny.

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2020 Official Selection: Narrative Feature Film

A conflicted adult film actress attends a meditation group and mixes with an offbeat clientele and their troubled guru.

Director(s): Mehdi Avaz
Writer(s): Mehdi Avaz
Producer(s): Misam Avaz, Kim Magnusson, Sara Victoria Bjerre Pedersen
Starring: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Cecilie Stenspil, Karla Avaz, Henning Jensen, Tommy Kenter, Sebastian Jessen, Emilie Kroyer Koppel.


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The COVID-19 Plan – FILA 2020

Online Screenings. Physical screenings are cancelled. We are exploring options for online screenings. Any online screenings will be voluntary. We are aware that some filmmakers save their “online premiere” while others fear the piracy risks posed by streaming. Next week filmmakers can expect us to share options with them and see who prefers what, if any, online screenings to participate in.

Online Filmmaker Awards. We will announce our Grand Jury Prize, Filmmakers Prize, and Programmers Prize awards with a videoconference on Sunday, June 7 at 12pm Pacific. (We are going to skip the Audience Awards because, sadly, we cannot have an audience this year.). We intentionally chose a time that allows our filmmakers in Europe to participate without being up in the middle of the night.

Online Screenwriting Awards. As we do every year at FILA, we will hold a ceremony specifically for the unproduced screenplays that are Official Selections at our festival this year. This year it will be a video conference in which each screenwriter will get their own time “on stage” to share their logline and talk a little about their script. Once everyone has shared their pitch, we will announce the Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Unproduced Screenplay.

Q&A Sessions. With or without screenings, we plan to record video chat Q&A sessions between our programmer and each filmmaker (or filmmaking team.) We plan to prepare for this by having members of our award juries write questions for the filmmakers in advance. This way the Q&A’s will have questions posed by an audience immediately after viewing your film just like we would’ve had at an actual screening. If we do work out some online screenings, we may include Q&A’s then as well. It is our hunch that a videoconference Q&A with a handful of attendees would be bedlam, but maybe we will try it.

In-Person Mixer. It is our plan to invite all of the filmmakers, screenwriters, their crews and their friends to an actual gathering as soon as it is safe to do so. July? September? Who knows. When the coast is clear and we can come out of our bunkers, everyone who should have met at FILA 2020 will meet! Hopefully we can do this somewhere fun that can show a loop of everyone’s trailers playing on TV’s in whatever bar/club/theater we rent for this event.  We even plan to set up the Stand & Repeat so that we can make up for the lack of festival photographs.

2020 February Deadline

Every year FILA has four deadlines. Why? Withoutabox basically demanded it and even though they are no longer with us the four deadlines remain. THIS SATURDAY is deadline 3 of 4. We are one month away from our final deadline. After March 15 we will no longer be accepting films, videos and scripts.

Submit today!

2019 Grand Jury Prize Winners

We are proud to announce the Grand Jury Prize winners for the 2019 festival!

Grand Jury Prize Winners

Best Feature Film – Groupers
Best Short Film – Drama – The Wind Phone
Best Short Film – Comedy – Beach Day
Best Short Film – Horror – Nocturne
Best Documentary Film – Suffer For Good
Music Video – I Could Have Died
Best Director, Feature Film – Anderson Cowan, Groupers
Best Director, Short Film – DAVI.IN, Dream/Life

Best Actress in a Lead Role – Nicole Dambro, Groupers
Best Actor in a Lead Role – Elliott Kashner, The Last of the Manson Girls
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Jenna Curtis, The Man and Mel
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Cameron Duckett, Groupers
Best Performance by a Full Cast – The Wind Phone
Best Screenplay – Kristen Gerweck, The Wind Phone
Outstanding Cinematography – Jon Keng, The Wind Phone
Best Art Direction – Alex Dixon, Beast

Best Screenplay (Unproduced) –
Rube by Dan O’Brien
Run! Run! Run! – The Lives of Abbie Hoffman by Michael J. Shapiro
Stuck by Rich Van Tine