DGA Theater

Jun 9, 2016 @ 7:00 PM


MFA Directors Spotlight is the premier event of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television's Annual Film Festival.  The show will screen eight films which have emerged through several rounds of judging by TFT Alumni, as well as a Blue Ribbon Jury of industry professionals. These films are among the most exciting works the UCLA Film Festival has to offer.

This year, as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the festival,  we are honored and privileged to announce Francis Ford Coppola as our recipient of the Distinguished Vanguard Director Award. Mr. Coppola will deliver our keynote address before an awards ceremony and screening of the Spotlight films, which will be followed by a reception. 

The MFA Directors Spotlight has provided a platform for outstanding talent since its inception more than two decades ago. Over the years, this event has exhibited early works of filmmakers such as Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves), Catherine Hardwicke (Red Riding Hood), Gore Verbinski (Rango), Gil Kenan (Monster House), Justin Lin (Fast Five) and Shane Acker (9).

Please join us at the Directors Guild of America on June 9, for an evening not to be missed. 

**Reservations for Spotlight are now closed. Seats that have not been claimed at the theater by 6:45 will be released to anyone waiting in Stand by**




Francis Ford Coppola

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
M.F.A UCLA, 1967

Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers of our time. As the maverick founder of his company American Zoetrope, he personally initiated and nourished the careers of talents such as George Lucas, Carroll Ballard, John Milius, Gordon Willis, his daughter, Sofia Coppola, and actors including Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, James Caan, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfus, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon, and Diane Lane, among many others. Zoetrope-produced films have received sixteen Academy Awards® and seventy nominations with four included in the American Film Institute's top 100 American films. As a writer, director, producer, and technological pioneer, Francis Coppola has created a body of work that has helped to shape contemporary American cinema.

Kelly Pike
Director, Owen

With her survival on the line, Helen must face a painful decision.

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Reed Van Dyk
Director, DeKalb Elementary

Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Matt Russak
Director, Something's Different About Felix Weathers

When Felix Weathers is laid off from his job of 40 years, he decides to rob a local bank to pay his bills; but after a change of heart, he accidentally robs the nearby convenience store instead.

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Tiffanie Hsu
Director, Wonderland

12yo Adeline Tang struggles to keep her family together while stranded in Vegas over Christmas with her gambling-addicted mother.

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Jessica Fuh
Director, Us

Two codependent 24-year-old roommates find their friendship tested when one gets a girlfriend for the first time.

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Athanasios Papastergiou
Director, SandyBeach

An ordinary day at the beach takes a troublesome turn.

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Laurie Russman
Director, Out of the Shallow End

Water polo is very taxing even for experienced swimmers, so consider how challenging it might be if you haven't yet learned to swim.

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Marta Savina
Director, Viola, Franca

In 1965 Sicily, a 17 year old girl's act of defiance will change Italian history and start the fight for women's rights.

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