The Downtown Film Festival of Los Angeles kicks off this Wednesday, September 21 and runs through September 28 at LA LIVE. Drawing movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California, the DFFLA offers short films, feature films, panels, workshops, and more.

UCLA Extension will be there, dispensing great advice and tips for screenwriters and filmmakers in two informative 90-minute panels. If you want to move your screenwriting or film-making career forward, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry professionals who are in-the-know.

Write Like You Mean It: Emotional Connection in Your Screenplay with Billy Mernit (moderator), Chrysanthy Balis, Jon Bernstein, and Andrew Knauer

Saturday, September 24, 12:30-1:30 pm, Second Floor of Regal Cinemas, LA Live

Writers often say what distinguishes a great screenplay is a powerful, meaningful story that moves us, and characters that make an emotional connection. Learn how you can create an emotional current that drives your story and plot forward, create scenes and characters that make the audience care, and push your writing to the next level.

Tickets are available here.

Using Your Festival Experience to Leverage Careers with Kim Adelman (moderator), Dallas King and Monique Sorgen

Saturday, September 24, 2:00-3:30 pm, Second Floor of Regal Cinemas, LA Live

So your short film is accepted into a film festival—what next? Short films are a calling card for filmmakers and many aspire to make a feature as a next step in their career. The panel discusses the creative issues related to transitioning from short films to features, including the story: a new concept or as an expansion of the existing short film?; how to attract the best talent for the available budget; the delights and challenges of shooting with a larger budget; and how to package your project to insure it gets made.

Tickets are available here.

For more information about the Downtown Film Festival of LA, go to: Don’t miss this chance to hear what these entertainment industry professionals/UCLA Extension instructors have to say! Reserve your tickets now!

Also, be sure to stop by the UCLA Extension booth in the same location to pick up some free swag and learn about our extensive programs and services for writers and filmmakers.

We hope to see you there!


Pin It on Pinterest