LA Shorts International Film Festival Comes to NoHo

Short films may not be as labor intensive as feature films, but they have their own set of challenges. Telling a great story in a limited time is not easy and it takes real talent to do it well. The LA Shorts Film Festival is one of the most respected showcases for shorts for a reason – it’s long on established filmmakers and award-winning titles – so the chances are very good that you’re screening top talent. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (OSCAR®), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and many others, no less than 65 Los Angeles filmmakers who debuted at the festival have won Oscar® nominations (and 16 won). It’s Los Angeles’ longest-running short film festival, and this year, its 26th, promises some intriguing entries. See some of our picks below.

Opening Night (July 21) features superstar rapper Wiz Khalifa in Blair Avery’s documentary Always rolling paperson the making of his first studio album and his professional journey since its release, while the closing night (July 28) offers another big name – George RR Martin, the famous writer of fantasy, horror and science fiction best known for A song of ice and fire adapted later in HBO Game of thrones. Directed by acclaimed actor Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin’s short film “Night of the Cooters” will be screened, followed by a conversation with the film’s writer and cast.

Other shorts throughout the week that look promising: the dance-thriller narrative short from director Vanessa Beletic Catch the spirits, exploring fate, dance and voodoo (July 27); Rapper Bun B alongside writer/directors Andy Cohen and Grover Ellisor in Lotusland, about two friends who turn to their eccentric spiritual guru uncle after being robbed (July 27); and daddy’s eyesa dark drama about the bittersweet reunion of a mother and daughter (July 27).

The LA Shorts International Film Festival runs July 21-18 at Laemlee NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood. More info at lashortsfest.com

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