The Emerson Los Angeles Film Festival 2015

The Emerson Los Angeles Film Festival 2015

Emerson LA Film Festival 2015

See highlights from the 2015 Emerson Los Angeles Film Festival. 

Thanks for coming to #ELAFF!

ELA's biggest party of the year, the 15th annual Emerson Los Angeles Film Festival, was a huge success! This exciting event had something for everyonefrom an animation workshop to a panel about drones, from a virtual reality demonstration to a frank discussion about being out on screen and behind the camera. The ELA film festival brought together members of the Hollywood community to celebrate student films, showcase alumni work, and highlight the creative spaces at ELA! Read a few highlights from this year's festival!

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the day's programming and network with key players in the entertainment industry, participate in provocative panel discussions, learn about the latest technological developments, and more! See you at next year's #ELAFF

Schedule of Events

Bringing BoJack Horseman to Life
3:30–4:30 pm
Di Bona Family Distance Learning Center
Meet the team behind the groundbreaking Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. This interactive panel will include clips that illustrate the show's creation process and edgy content. 

More Money for Your Funny: Online Comedy Shorts with programming partner UCB Theatre
4:45–5:45 pm
Di Bona Family Distance Learning Center
As cord-cutting millennials propel the media industry toward digital platforms, comedy programming remains at the forefront of this online entertainment revolution. Increased advertising dollars, brand sponsorships, and long-form content increasingly migrating to digital has translated to more creative professionals showcasing their work in the digital space than ever before. Do you have what it takes to make money at being funny? Get the inside story behind this booming business from the comedy masterminds behind BuzzFeed, Funny or Die, and CollegeHumor's hilariously viral content.

Out on Screen and Behind the Camera with programming partner Outfest
4:30–5:45 pm
Bill Bordy Media Center
There’s a common belief out there that there’s nowhere better to be than Hollywood if you’re LGBT. But just how true is that perception? Join us for this in-depth discussion on the stereotypical representations of gender identity that still linger—and how the industry’s queer voices and their allies are working to change that. The panel will be moderated by actor Wilson Cruz and feature Ean Weslynn (Day Drunk Gays), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish), Our Lady J (Transparent), Ava Berkofsky (cinematographer), Phillip J. Bartell (I Am Divine), and Jen Richards (I Am Cait)

Angkor's Children
3:45–5:15 pm
Bright Family Screening Room West
Angkor’s Children shares the story of Cambodia’s cultural and artistic renaissance following the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed two million people including, 90 percent of the country’s artists and intellectuals. Told through the voices of three young Cambodian women who are of the first generation since the Khmer Rouge regime ended, this stirring film was directed by Emerson College Visual and Media Arts professor Lauren Shaw.

Animation Workshop for Kids
2:00–3:30 pm
Visitor Center
Whether you’re 8 or 80, cartoons are an art form that can capture the imagination like no other. What’s even more amazing is the intricate, complicated work that goes into making just a few seconds of animation. Learn how it’s done from a leading expert, as the creative minds behind the hit Netflix series, BoJack Horseman, show you how to take a series of pictures into a flipbook that becomes your very own cartoon.

Wild Rabbit Productions: Shooting with Drones
2:30–3:30 pm
Bordy Media Center
Wild Rabbit Productions is a leading commercial drone company that has worked with clients like Nike, Porsche, Land Rover, Wayward Pines, and more. Learn about the legalities and art of shooting with the latest in commercial drone technologies.

Virtual Reality Tech Demo
3:00–5:45 pm
Production Studio

EBONI Voices Showcase
2:00–3:30 pm
Bright Family Screening Room West
A curated film program celebrating voices of diversity through film, sponsored by Emerson's EBONI Alumni Association. The program will feature screenings of narrative shorts, not-yet-released work, clips, and student films written, directed, or produced by Emerson alumni. The featured filmmakers—all of whom are at various stages in their careers, and serve in various positions behind the camera—will engage in a conversation about process, creativity, collaboration, and passion. The program will feature actress, writer, and director Judyann Elder '67 and the filmmaker conversation will be moderated by actor Brent Jennings '74. 

Alumni Best of Festival Screenings
1:00-2:00 pm, 6:00–7:30 pm
Bright Family Screening Room West
Join us for a celebration of Emerson alumni filmmaking with this Best of Festival Competition, now in its second year at ELAFF. The five films in competition for the $2,000 Alumni Best of Festival Award will be judged by a panel of leading Emerson alumni and faculty.

Student Best of Festival Screenings
1:00-2:00 pm, 6:00–7:30 pm
Bordy Media Center
Experience some the best crafted narrative and non-fiction film work created by Emerson’s undergraduate and graduate Visual Media Arts students. Curated by VMA faculty and Director of Programming Anna Feder, these five student films are in competition for the $2,000 Best of Festival prize, which will be awarded by a panel of distinguished Emerson alumni and faculty.

Awards Presentation and Reception
7:30 pm
2nd Floor Terrace

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