The LA Skins Fest, presented by Comcast and NBCUniversal, has announced it is accepting entries for its 11th Annual film festival taking place November 14th-19th, 2017 in Hollywood.
The LA Skins Film Fest will premiere Indigenous-themed films at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood as well as other locations. The LA Skins Film Fest will offer a week-long series of events throughout Hollywood to include the 5th Native American Sketch Comedy Showcase, the 7th Writers Pitch Workshop and discussions led by Native American and Indigenous filmmakers from North and South America.
“There are still too few positive images of Native Americans in mainstream Hollywood films,” said LA Skins Fest board member Shirley Cheechoo in their release. “Our goal is to create a conduit for Native talent and provide real opportunities.”
Ian Skorodin, LA Skins Fest founder, said in the release that the organizers are excited to continue to create opportunities and exposure for Native American filmmakers to become a larger part of the overall entertainment industry.
“Our annual film festival not only provides an incredible venue for our filmmakers but offers access to creative executives and casting personnel,” said Skorodin.
Nicole Garcia, an indigenous filmmaker and participant at the 2016 LA Skins Fest said the event exceeded her expectations. “I attended the writers workshop and met with several executives from several notable networks and studios. You actually get to network with pretty important people in the industry which is a rare opportunity. ”They even screened our film at the legendary TCL Chinese Theater!”
Though LA Skins Fest Coordinator, Patricia Gomes says 2016 was a great year for Native cinema and coordinators were able to provide distribution opportunities for indigenous filmmakers filmmakers through their Comcast partnership, In 2017, the LA Skins Fest is adding an new online component to this year’s festivities. Native American filmmakers will have an opportunity to showcase their work on a nationwide online platform.
“Native filmmaking continues to progress with every festival. We look forward to seeing what Indian Country has done this year,” said Gomes in the release
Filmmakers wishing to apply and submit can visit www.laskinsfest.com.
Entries must be postmarked by September 22nd, 2017. Late deadline October 6th, 2017.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About The LA Skins Fest
The LA Skins Fest in Los Angeles ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics. The LA Skins Fest is considered a major launching ground for Indian Country’s most talked about films. Founded in 2007, the Los Angeles Skins Fest, now presenting screenings in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, is a multi-day and multicultural event celebrating the art of film, TV and new media. The Festival is an initiative of the Barcid Foundation a Native American non-profit that works to showcase the rising talent in Native American filmmaking.
Corporate support and partnerships with The LA Skins Fest includes Comcast NBCUniversal, HBO, National Endowment for the Arts, CBS Entertainment Diversity, CBS Corp, Streampix, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, ABC-7, Writers Guild of America-West, KCETLink, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Lionsgate, A+E Network Television, ABC/DISNEY Television Group, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Ramona Band of Cahuilla, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, SAG/AFTRA, Department of Cultural Affairs – Los Angeles, and Kohl’s Department Store.
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