Directors Guild of America Theatre
Jun 13, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Doors open at 7pm
Reception to follow
Ben Affleck - Filmmaker of the Year
The Directors’ Spotlight is a premier event showcasing ten films chosen to receive a coveted Spotlight Award. These films, which have emerged through several rounds of judging by TFT students, as well as a Blue Ribbon Jury of industry professionals, are among the most exciting works UCLA Film Festival has to offer.
The 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).
Panavision Award in Cinematography
2013 Panavision Award Winners: TBD
The Panavision New Filmmaker Package Grant is awarded to an MFA student cinematographer for outstanding work. Valued at approximately $10,000, the grant will provide a complete camera package to be used by the recipient for the production of their next project. The grant winner is selected by a vote of student peers who have reviewed all films submitted to UCLA Film Festival.
Also this year, for the first time, we are proud to present an additional Panavision New Filmmaker Package Grant to an undergraduate cinematographer in recognition of outstanding work. This grant will provide a complete camera package valued at approximately $5,000. The winner is selected by a vote of undergradtuate student peers.
Founded in 1954, Panavision Inc. is a leading designer of film and digital cameras, lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions.
2013 KQED Film School Shorts Best Film Award: TBD
While selecting our Spotlight films, our Blue Ribbon jury was asked to select one film to be awarded the very first Film School Shorts Best Film Award, generously sponsored by KQED.
Film School Shorts is a new, national half-hour weekly series that showcases short student films from across the country. Each week, viewers can watch well-crafted films with high production values, strong dialogue and riveting drama. Grouped together around a central theme or topic, and featuring production values that rival their indie film counterparts, KQED is proud to present award winning entertainment to a national audience.
Directors Spotlight Films
Yinglei Yang | The All-Nighter
A lonely programmer is working alone at night, with his closest friend in the cubicle.
Simon Savelyev | Googly Eyes
A modern-day breakup comedy.
Carlos Marques-Marcet | Mateix Lloc, Mateixa Hora
Sergio. Barcelona. Ten thousand kilometers. Los Angeles. Alexandra. Computer screens. Webcams. Same place. Same time. Everyday. The challenge to build a common horizon now that they don’t live together anymore. Fragments of a fragmented love.
yangzi she | To the Fairest
Beauties compete with each other to get the apple that belongs 'to the fairest'. All of the girls stand for the ideal beauty image of their own culture.
Puja Maewal | Jaya
Jaya is a teenage girl in a Mumbai street gang. She masquerades as a boy and makes a living as a thief, until the day she encounters a man who may be her long-lost father.
Sarah Jean Kruchowski | Special Moments by Oksana
When Joan steps out of her box she finds herself in a hairy situation.
Po Chou Chi | Rescue
A rescue mission!
Steven Huffaker | XR91 BioRebellion 2.0
The film is a mockumentary/comedy starring Charlie Sanders as an blundering but earnest film student who's starting production on his overwrought sci-fi student film. He's met with challenge and challenge in his high-brow film program.
Jing Wang | The Secret of The Wardrobe
A woman who likes to wear fur doesn't expected the clothes she has in her wardrobe to turn into the animals they originally were and seek revenge.
Shadae Smith | Divine Rite
On the night Kwame decides to lose his virginity, he must decide whether to fall prey to pressure from his peers or follow his conscience.