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Cinematic: Festival Showcases New Film, Theater Works

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By Sheila Roberts

Published Apr 1, 2012 8:00 AM


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Photo courtesy of: UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television boasts a rich history of emerging artists for the stage and screen, producing the best of the best in the entertainment industry. The 2012 Festival of New Creative Work, which runs June 8-14, continues the tradition.

"The remarkable work on display during this joyous week is a vivid reminder of why this school exists: to unlock the great stories in the hearts of these wonderful young artists," says TFT Dean Teri Schwartz '71, "Theirs are the stories that really connect with audiences in new and fresh ways and have the power to enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world."

The annual week-long festival takes place at the Writers Guild Theater, the Directors Guild of America Theater, the James Bridges Theater on campus, and the Billy Wilder Theater at the UCLA Hammer Museum. It will showcase student work in film, video, animation, producing, screenwriting and theater, including work from the Cinema & Media Studies and Moving Image Archive Studies programs; more than 100 student films; and presentations of screenplays and producer-developed projects.

Events include the Design Showcase West, the Screenwriters Showcase, the Producers Marketplace, Animation Prom and the Directors Spotlight. Honorees are chosen by students voting within their particular discipline and, in some cases, by industry professionals.

Opening night will highlight a collection of top TFT narrative, documentary and animated films screened at the James Bridges Theater. More terrific work will be on display on closing night at The Directors Spotlight night, in which student filmmakers present their work. Since it began more than a decade ago, the Directors Spotlight has helped launch the careers of filmmakers such as Patricia Cardoso M.F.A. '94 (Real Women Have Curves); Justin Lin '95 (Fast and Furious, Tokyo Drift, Fast Five); Alexander Payne M.F.A. '90 (Sideways, The Descendants); and Shane Acker M.Arch. '98, M.F.A. '04 (9 and the forthcoming Thomas the Tank Engine movie).

2012 Festival of New Creative Work. June 8-14. Various locations on and off campus. Free, but reservations required. For more information, visit www.tft.ucla.edu/festival.

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