May 2-4, 2024 - Downtown L.A. and Virtual Screenings

Celebrating Films and Filmmakers

The 8th annual UCLAxFilmFest features three days of no-cost, in-person events celebrating outstanding short films by current and previous UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies students. It culminates in a screening and party at the historic Los Angeles Theatre in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA).

people gathered together for a past uclaxfilmfest party

2024 UCLAxFilmFest Schedule

May 2
Opening Night Kick-Off
Doors open at 6:30 PM. 
501 South Spring St., Los Angeles

Meet the filmmakers, check out the posters, and network at our opening night event, in affiliation with DTLA's vibrant ArtNight. 

May 3
Industry Panel & Networking Event
Doors open at 6:00 PM.
City Club LA, 555 Flower St. 51st Floor, Los Angeles

UCLA Alumni Association hosts the UCLAxFilmFest 2024 Industry Panel on Financing and Producing Your First Feature Film in Today's Climate.



Scott Edwards; Executive Vice President, Head of Creative Advertising, Fox Entertainment; in this role he helped launch any number of hit shows, including 9-1-1 & 9-1-1 Lone Star, 24: Legacy & 24: Live Another Day, Animal Control, Empire, The Floor, Gotham, Next Level Chef, The Masked Singer and The X-Files. 


Kelly Kiernan; Sr. Vice President of Production & Production Technology at NBCUNIVERSAL. A seasoned producer and executive, Ms. Kiernan has worked with directors, producers, and showrunners including Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Tony Scott, Nick Antosca, Robin Vieth and Don Mancini.  Her film & TV credits include Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Man on Fire, Mr & Mrs. Smith, and the Steven-Spielberg produced documentary A Price for Peace.

Jeanette B. Milio; media financier and producer of over 45 television and theatrical projects with a production volume of more than $250 million to date. Ms. Milio’s content is successfully distributed by streamers, studios and networks worldwide including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Discovery, TLC, Disney, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and others.

Lucretia “Lu” Stinnette; award-winning director, screenwriter and producer of short films, documentaries and music videos. Her films take a nuanced look at the way class, economics and racial identity shape interiority. Ms. Stinnette is currently packaging her first feature film "Currency" which was awarded the San Francisco Film Society/Rainin Foundation screenwriting grant.

Jennie Lew Tugend; producer with more than three decades of expertise in the Hollywood motion picture business, including film and TV development, production financing, marketing, and distribution. Her producing credits include: Free Willy, Lethal Weapon, and HBO's Tales from the Crypt. She is currently developing the feature film adaptation of best-selling novel "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet".  

Myles Yaksich; award-winning writer, director, and producer. His films have screened at over 50 festivals, winning more than 35 awards. Albatross, his feature directorial debut, won several best film and best director awards. Currently, Mr. Yaksich is developing several projects, including two feature films and a limited series.

inside view of the historic Los Angeles Theatre in downtown Los Angeles

May 4
Films Screenings, 2024 Official Selections
Awards Ceremony & After Party

Screenings begin at 11 AM. Awards and after party 5 PM - 7 PM.
Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S Broadway, Los Angeles

Join us in person to screen the 2024 UCLAxFilmFest official selections at the beautiful and historic Los Angeles Theatre. Then stay for the awards ceremony and after party. RSVP Required.

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Stream UCLAxFilmFest Official Selections Online

For those unable to attend in person and friends and family around the world, RSVP for access to virtually screen the 2024 film selections. You'll also enjoy filmmaker interviews, cast and crew bios, and behind the scenes photos.

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UCLA's downtown Los Angeles Trust building, with hands holding a pennant in foreground

UCLA's Connection with DTLA

You may be wondering why downtown venues were selected for this year's UCLAxFilmFest. The truth is, UCLA Extension is no stranger to downtown Los Angeles – in fact, that’s where it all started more than 100 years ago. With UCLA’s recent acquisition of the iconic Trust Building, the continuing education arm of the institution plans to return to its roots to better serve those at the heart of the city.

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UCLAxFilmFest 2024 Trailer

Andean Condor
Directed by William Mazzola*
Written by Carol Saraiva*
Produced by Livia Bitetti & Ariela Hertel

Cracks in the Foundation
Directed by Tessie McCoy* & Tajianna Okechukwu
Written by Tessie McCoy
Produced by Tessie McCoy* & Tajianna Okechukwu
Cinematography by Seretse Njemanze
Original Score by Joshua McGhee

Written & Directed by Christopher Hills Eaton*
Animation Direction by Aaron Brown
Produced by Anderson Clark, Christopher Hills Eaton* & Brad Post
Original Score by Jack Sligh

Written & Directed by Dylan Boom
Produced by Connie Jo Sechrist* and Jordan Horowitz
Executive Producer Andrew Carlberg
Cinematography by Adam Leene
Original Score by Zach Letts

En Pointe
Directed by Megan Lee*
Written by Megan Lee* & Samantha K. Tan
Produced by Joseph Choi*, Samantha K. Tan & Samuel King Yen Lin
Cinematography by Joseph Choi*
Film Scoring by Emily Wong

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Directed by Jessica Redish*
Written by Jessica Redish* and Michael Mahler
Produced by Jessica Redish* and Tanner Medding

Food Broker: Doris
Directed by Lo Lam* & Justine Suh
Produced by Emily Kalish & Lo Lam*
Cinematography by Emily Kalish & Lo Lam*
Original Score by Peter Lam

Learning to Ride
Written & Directed by Luisa Parnes*
Produced by Rabia Sultana & Muriel Moraes

Let’s Bring them Alive
Directed by Eli Sokhn
Written by Yasemin Isil* & Azize Erim
Produced by Yasemin Isil* & Azize Erim

No Updates Till Tomorrow
Written & Directed by Gerard Dy*
Produced by Gerard Dy* & Bingyu Wang 

Written & Directed by Jules Cachin
Produced by Nicolas Pignant*
Cinematography by Marin Payot

Tender Scent
Written & Directed by Teng Chen
Produced by Komal Ashfaq, Michelle Snow & Lidmercy Marrero Giron
Cinematography by Wen Tong
Original Score by Yuenkwan Cheung*

The 1971 Kitchen Grand Brie
Written, Directed & Produced by Ian Beckman*

The Bow
Directed by Marie Rouhban*
Written & Produced by Juliette P Poirier*
Cinematography by Audrey Biche

The Dot
Written & Directed by Efe Tuncay*
Produced by Yusuf Selcuk

The Intruder
Written & Directed by Qian Cheng*
Produced by Qian Cheng* & Yuxia Li
Cinematography by Lucas Dudley

Written, Directed & Produced by Niloufar Khoshkholgh*

When the Time Comes
Written by Jondaniel Cornett*
Directed & Produced by Jondaniel Cornett* & Jonathan Frey

Where it Happened
Written & Directed by Raissa Reis*
Produced by Maya Alvarez, Shannon Little*, Michael Manix & Raissa Reis*

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