The New Media Film Festival Heralds 13th Year Anniversary with Global Winners

 The Annual New Media Film Festival celebrates its 13th year of global cinema appreciation. Creators from all over the world traveled to share their films and experience the excitement and expertise of creatives and rising talent. The sold-out film festival was full of energy and excitement, artists were glad to be back together after COVID prevented travel in prior years.

The New Media Film Festival continues to encourage creators of all media with an all-encompassing approach to the discovery, recognition and celebration of diverse new media content.

It is a place for everyone, whether a viewer or creator, from anywhere in the world and for all ages. The festival is showcases cutting edge content in classic and technology categories offering perks outside the norm of film festivals. Participants get to join screenings with Q & A’s, VIP Soiree, International Art Exhibit, Awards Ceremony hosted by the festival, partake in networking events as well as distribution and press opportunities; lastly, an opportunity to walk through the iconic red carpet alongside many of the Industry’s VIPs.

The festival offers $45,000 in awards for Best of Category, Top 3 Scripts, and a Grand Prize winner combined. Judges from numerous media and entertainment companies such as Marvel, HBO, BBC, PBS, Simon & Schuster, The Television Academy, Rolling Stone culled over 125 nominees from 29 countries, organizing 44 premieres in the heart of Los Angeles.

Award Winners for the 13th New Media Film Festival®


Best Socially Responsible – Chasing Childhood – Directors: Eden Wurmfeld and Margaret Munzer Loeb


Best Short – Paradisiac – Director: Quentin Dujardin


Best Mixed Reality – Codex Oros Edemos – Director: Akis P. Tix


Best AI – Mercury XX – Director: Miriam Kuhlmann

New Zealand

Best Documentary – Ben Shemen – Director: Miriam Harris


Best Animation – Timeless – Directors: Susan May Lee Lim, Samudra Kajal Saikia and Christina Teenz Tan

South Korea

Best Music Only – Across the Ocean – Composer: Michael W. Choi


Best S.T.E.A.M. – TXAC Planet – Director: Eterio Ortega

United Kingdom

Best TV – Love Locked – Director Breanne Krause


Grand Prize – Classified (Pilot) – Director: Aemilia Scott

Best Augmented Reality – Isaac Lidar – Director: Christopher Ruane

Best Digital Comic – Caravaggio: A Light Before the Darkness – Writer: Ken Mora

Best Drone – 22 Weeks – Director: Robert Smith

Best Faith Family – Hashtag Blessed – Director: Stephanie McBain

Best Feature – Playing the Crease – Director: Jonathan Moch

Best Mobile/Tablet – Hamlet and Ophelia – Director: Scott Westerman

Best Music Video – There to Catch Me – Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf

Best New Media – KNOTWTR – Directors: Obi Nwankwo, Kostas Garcia and Zaawadi

Best Pilot – Fitness for All – Director: Michael Shaun Sandy

Best Podcast – Earth Eclipsed – Director: Nicholas Prufer

Best Script – Forgotten Christmas – Writer: Ash Gilpin

Best Snipler (30 Seconds) – Shadow Farm – Director: Gina Nemo (category archived this year) Best Student – Tragedy Strikes – Director: Mogan Gullet

Best Trailer – B1 – Director: Thomas I Parrish V

Best VR-360 – Tracing Paint – Directors: Michael Owen and Robin White Owen

Best Web Series – My Human Experience – Director: Sylvia Ray

About The New Media Film Festival

Since its creation in 2009, New Media Film Festival® is the 1st major festival to spotlight a wide variety of diverse and emergent media. It has certainly made its mark as an infinite catalyst for story and technology. This is a creative space that is open to all ages, cultures and types of media and content. There is respect and appreciation for all types of creators, and opportunities that make sure each one of them thrive outside and in the festival. From networking events to screenings and premieres, there is plenty of room and opportunity for creators to thrive and meet other creatives.


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Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by Toyota… 7th annual edition of Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today

Brings together emerging, U.S.-based filmmakers with a wide range of Latin American roots for an immersive, 10-day program to help increase Latino representation in the film & television industries

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LOS ANGELESSept. 6, 2022PRLog — This year marks the 7th edition of the prestigious and competitive career development program focused on inclusion, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT).

For  the past seven years, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT), also a non-profit organization, has selected 20 talented Latin emerging filmmakers (21-35 yrs old) from CA, FL, NY, TX, and Latin America, to be immersed in an intensive 10-day intensive program.

The experience is designed to forge creative relationships among the participants and to serve as a bridge between their work and professionals in decision-making positions.. As part of the program, the 20 filmmakers screen their short films as part of the Hola Mexico Film Festival. During their time at TFT, they will be able to expand their professional network by meeting key executives, directors, talent, and leading figures in the television and filmmaking industries of Mexico, Latin America and the U.S.

TFT alumni, now a group of 100 individuals, continue growing as a strong collective by collaborating on projects and advancing their careers successfully, together. Year after year they remain engaged with TFT by attending the festival and other alumni events. This year the TFT alumni Centerpiece screening will highlight the work of presents Selina Ringel (TFT ’18) and Jimena Muhlia (TFT ’18) on Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at Regal L.A. Live.

Ringel will present her most recent feature film, SINGLE MOTHER BY CHOICE, which she wrote, produced and stars in, and debuted on HBOMax in 2021; while Muhlia’s recent short film LILY will open the festivities.

Over the years, TFT has enjoyed the support and presence of: Warner Media’s 150, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), NewFilmmakers LA, the Sundance Institute, Hillman Grad Ventures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Universal Pictures as well as multiple programs aimed at talent development and career advancement.

“With every passing year our commitment to TFT’s mission of inclusion and communal advancement is strengthened by the recurrent support of the entertainment community, but more importantly because we have witnessed the evolution and artistic growth  of many of our alumni following the program,” said Diana Luna, director of Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today. “This year we have come across an incredible group of storytellers from across the country who represent a myriad of experiences within the diverse and complex Latine identity. We are excited to share their work with the Hola Mexico audience.”


Tomorrows Filmmakers Today (TFT) participants:

Juliana Betancourth ” Marble Worms” – Colombian

Jeanette Dilone “Hoar” -Latina/Black/Dominican-American

Thais Drassinower “Baby”- Latina/White/Peruvian

Eric Ibarra “Glafira”–Latino/Chicano

Daniel Larios “Superestar”- Latino/Salvadoran

Fernando Lopez “Novena” -Mexican-American

Gerardo Maravilla “Cross” – Mexican-American

Julian Morales “The Fallen” -Latino/Puerto Rican/Guatemalan

Gabriella Moses “Sin Raices”- Afro-Latina/Dominican, South Asian/Guyanese

Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez “Calabaza”- Mexican-American

Daniel Pradilla De Bedout ” Let’s Pretend”- Latino /White/Mexican

Jorge Ramos “Dennis Likes Olivia” – Latino

Jan Fernando Rischbieth Córdoba “Fleck”- Latino/Honduran

Wesley Rodriguez “Palante”- Hispanic/White/ USA

Mariana Serrano “Un Pequeno Corte


Diego Toussaint “Onán” – Mexican

Ann Valdés “Arroró –”Cuban

Victor Velasco “Spoon”- Latino

Fiorella Vescovi Garcia “Mal de Amores”- Hispanic/Uruguayan

Evelyn Martinez “Calabaza” Mexican- American


The Director of Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today is Diana Luna, originally from Mexico City. Luna has more than 16 years of experience in developing and managing academic and non-academic programs that combine the concepts of entrepreneurship, community, arts, and culture at higher education institutions such as Claremont Graduate University, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and Loyola Marymount University. Her focus is to provide accessible learning opportunities and professional advancement to the creative industry. This program brings her two strongest passions together: providing programs that have a professional impact and helping Latino filmmakers create a community with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Festival Chapin Los Angeles 2022

Celebrating one of the largest communities outside Guatemala! Saturday August 27 & Sunday August 28, 2022 in Los Angeles’ Lafayette Park

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LOS ANGELESAug. 16, 2022PRLog — Chapin Summer Festival a non – profit organization returns this year with the 6th annual Festival Chapín Los Ángeles which will take place in Lafayette Park on Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28, 2022 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

The 6th annual event is free celebrating Guatemalan culture & its vibrant community via the country’s historic folklore, music, arts & crafts and the delicious ‘Chapín’ gastronomy.

Musical Talent from Guatemala:

Los Tres Huitecos (comedians), Los Mamboteros, En La Mira Con K-riño, Tambor de La Tribu, Marimba Alegría Chapina, Las Divas del Swing, Grupo Folklórico Ajusdigua. The masters of ceremony are Guatemala’s channel 7 Mario Vallar and María René Pérez.


Food will be available for purchase including these rich, traditional foods of Guatemala: ‘garnachas’ (similar to a Mexican ‘sope’), ‘shucos’ (Guatemalan-style hot dogs), chicken ‘pepian’, ‘enchiladas’, and ‘hilachas’ (stewed meat).


Footwear, pottery, jewelry, clothes, tablecloths, and traditional purses.


The Republic of Guatemala is a Central American country which historically formed the core of the Maya civilization, one of the most sophisticated and highly developed societies in the history of the Americas and the entire world. After being subjugated to Spanish rule, Guatemala gained independence in 1821 and became an independent republic in 1821. A decades-long civil war that began in the 1950s provided the impetus for generations of Guatemalans to seek a better life abroad, often in Florida, Texas, and California.

Metro Los Angeles is home to one of the largest Guatemalan populations outside of Guatemala. Communities with substantial numbers of Guatemalans include the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Hawthorne, Palmdale, Inglewood, Paramount and the unincorporated communities of Lennox and Val Verde.

Metro Los Angeles is also home to several notable Guatemalans, including the prominent street artist Mauricio “Cache” Reyes, as well as a plethora of Guatemalan restaurants serving up delicious traditional dishes.

Chapín is a word that many Guatemalans use to describe their ethnicity with pride, and the history of the word chapín dates back to the 15th century. Chapines were a type of platform that was popular in Spain. The footwear for which the Guatemalan nickname gained its name eventually disappeared and at present the name is very popular and is used as an adjective for a person who comes from Guatemala.


Los Angeles Council members of Districts 1 & 10, Remesas Bantrab, Cerveza Famosa, Telemundo 52, Glucosoral Suero Oral, Raffallo’s Pizza Italian Restaurants in Hollywood, Banco Credito Hipotecario Nacional, Boss Revolution, Tigo, OKY, Banrural, Tabsa Express, El Moreno, Viva 103.1, Hollywood Mobile Pet Grooming.

About Festival Chapín Los Ángeles:

Chapin Summer Festival Inc. is a non-profit organization based in California that’s committed to promoting the art and culture of Guatemala abroad. Its mission is to offer resources to educational institutions in Guatemala that help to promote the education, health and well-being for children from less-advantaged homes in the country.

Editors, note:

Festival Chapín Los Angeles is free and annually draws a multi-cultural audience from Southern California.

Food, drinks, handicrafts, for purchase.

Date: –Agosto 27 y 28.

Time: 10am -10pm

All Ages:


Lafayette Park is located at 625 S. Lafayette Park Pl., Los Ángeles, CA 90057


Athena Parking – 611 Carondelet St ( Cash or Credit $10.)

Public Transportation is recommended

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Jyotirgamaya- a festival showcasing the talents of unsung performers concludes

Jyotirgamaya, a unique festival to showcase the talent of rare musical instruments from across the country, including street performers, train entertainers, performers attached to temples, etc, concluded today at Kamani Auditorium New Delhi.

Smt Meenakashi Lekhi, Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs, and Shri Govind Mohan, Secretary, Ministry of Culture were present.

On the occasionShri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Culture,presented a special performance of Kabir Gayan.Shri Meghwal explained the importance of Kabir tradition saying that we need to understand Sant Kabirdasji’s vision to understand Indian Culture.

In her address, Smt.  Meenakashi Lekhi said that it is the responsibility the youth to take forward our rich cultural history.She added that the rare instruments played during the festival have given voice to the people even at times when the words failed to get them heard in society.

Smt.  Meenakashi Lekhi felicitated the senior most artiste of Brahm Veena, Shri Ananda Bag. This was followed by presentations of artistes on various rare musical instruments. Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi extended his heartfelt gratitude to everyone for making the event a success.

The 5 day festival showcased the talent of unsung performers from all corners of the country. Each day 15 performers displayed their artistry. This was achieved through a social media campaign whereby entrants were asked to send a small clip of their performance. The entries were reviewed and a total of 75 performances were selected after considering the recommendations of eminent musicians and several institutions of repute.

A live exhibition was organised in Lalit Kala Gallery displaying the making of musical instruments like the Kamaicha, Ravanhatha, Rabab, Pung, Sarangi, Jodiya Pava, Khol which hail from various parts of our country.

Simultaneously, there were workshops conducted on the making of rare musical instruments such as the Maddlam, Rudra Veena, Dukkad, Shehnai and Nadaswaram, which was visited daily by artists, scholars, researchers, students, etc. with enthusiasm. An exhibit of 20 rare musical instruments was also curated.



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World Premiere of Documentary “Lightning in a Bottle: A Festival Story” at LA’s Marina del Rey Film Festival Celebrates the Return of Festival Life

 After 2 years of postponements and cancellations, overnight camping festivals are finally making their triumphant return! The documentary film, “Lightning in a Bottle: A Festival Story,” seeks to celebrate the value and importance of these transcendental, musical communal gatherings. The film is making its LA premiere on Monday, June 20 at the Marina del Rey Film Festival and offers a visceral, honest, and sometimes shocking inside look into the transformative power of these holistic music festivals, which are growing more popular by the year.

“LIB: A Festival Story” documents a diverse group of 20 millennials, named the Avocado campers, who had a life-defining experience in 2016 at the California music and yoga festival, “Lightning in a Bottle,” which just made its return after a 2 year pandemic-induced hiatus. In the film, the 2016 festival plays out in realtime from the Avocado campers’ perspective, as the 2020 quarantined versions of themselves reflect on what that festival experience truly meant, how they’ve grown amidst a rapidly changing world and what keeps them connected to this very day.

The film’s director, John Handem Piette, found a bit of internet notoriety in November 2020 when his “America Endgame” video meme, parodying the Avengers as American politicians and Trump as Thanos, garnered millions of views and galvanized all of Twitter on election week. The film’s premiere on Monday, June 20, lands on a federal holiday recognizing Juneteenth, which is the day prior, and is an honor not lost on the film’s African American director. “The film at its core is a celebration of freedom and diversity, and the love of community,” says John.

“LIB: A Festival Story” started off as a small and entirely self-funded project through Piette’s company, Assemble Studios. To get the film to the finish line, however, the filmmakers had to rally their online community and successfully crowd-funded over $30,000 on IndieGoGo’s platform to help get the film through post production. Piette said, “This film was a tribute to my friends and the unique connection we all shared, but the more people watched it, the bigger and more impactful we realized this film could become. Particularly for our “millennial” generation that have endured some pretty rough times and are looking for hopeful signs for our future.” The film, to date, has won 7 awards from all around the world and been selected by over 20 film festivals.

Producer Bradford Hunter Wray, who is also featured in the film along with his photography, said, “I’m excited for people to experience the film and how it bridges the extreme polarities of connection and community at these transformative festivals, with the feelings of complete isolation and mental health struggles of our modern unknown.”

Festival life isn’t for the faint of heart, however, and the film delves into several taboo subjects, such as politics, the use of psychedelics and the distinction between partying for the sake of partying, or “for something greater that’s healing.”

You can catch “Lightning in a Bottle: A Festival Story” this Monday at 4:00pm, June 20 at the Marina del Rey Film Festival at the Cinemark 18&XD in the Howard Hughes Center. The film was produced by Assemble Studios and executive produced by Iorna Handem and Rickey Williams. For more information on future screenings and ways to watch the film visit,

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