Directors Guild of America Theatre
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.