LA Shorts Fest

Meetup & Chat

Friday July 22 @ 12noon - 1pm

Meet - Paul Battista

Paul Battista, Esq. is a partner of MindFusion Law where he represents low budget independent filmmakers. He has written directed and produced the low budget independent feature film, Crooks, which has been released by Warner Home Video.  Paul will be giving away 25 free copies of his book on Independent Film Producing: The Outsider’s Guide To Producing A First Low Budget Film

FOR ADMISSION - Purchase ticket to film program #5 includes chat.

Saturday July 23 @ 11am - 1pm

VH1 Creative Labs Pitch Session with Development Executives

Participants should be prepared to give a written submission description of their show idea and also verbally pitch and answer questions within a 5-minute window. 

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. At VH1, we want to make adulthood fun and cool! We think of our audience as “adultsters”: funny, cool, hip, unpretentious. We stay current, on top of what’s happening in pop culture, music and more. We believe in celebrating talented people and personalities who will inspire our creativity. We believe that you can be smart and act silly. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. Connect with VH1 at

Dave Mace Senior Vice President & Executive Producer at VH1 Creative Labs, a new internal development group at VH1.  Prior to that, Mace was Senior Vice President and Head of Original Programming for the Logo network.  An integral part of Logo’s launch, he had been with the network since March of 2005.   

La Née Griffin, Coordinator at VH1 Creative Labs, was previously at VH1 Development, Production and Programming, where she worked under the direction of Jeff Olde. Some of her credits include Rock of Love, Celebrity Rehab, Basketball Wives and Single Ladies.

Sunday July 24 @ 12noon - 1pm

Pixar presentation The Making of La Luna by its director Enrico Casarosa 

The North American premiere screening of Pixar’s La Luna followed by a special presentation of "The Making of Pixar’s La Luna" by its director Enrico Casarosa.  This keynote presentation is loaded with original artwork and insightful looks into Pixar's production process.  

Enrico will discuss the journey that led him to create this very personal short, and along the way demonstrate the singularly artistic style by which the film was crafted. Enrico has worked on feature length films such as “Up” and “Ratatouille.”


Monday July 25 @ 12noon - 1pm  

Meet Scott Gairdner, Funny Or Die
Meet Michael Peter & Michael Rousselet,

Join us for a discussion with filmmakers, content creators and industry professionals who are utilizing the internet to reach millions and its effect on the entertainment industry. 
FOR ADMISSION - Purchase ticket to film program #20 includes chat.

Tuesday July 26 @ 12noon - 1pm 

Meet Angela Sostre, Line Producer

Angela graduated with an MFA from the UCLA Directing Program. Angela works as a freelance Producer/Line Producer, producing commercials, music videos, PSA’s, as well as several feature films and the 2009 Slamdance award winning Best Narrative film, A QUIET LITTLE MARRIAGE and the Netflix Find Your Voice Competition winner, AMOUNG KINGS. Her current projects include three Indie films

FOR ADMISSION - Purchase ticket to film program #25 includes chat.

Wednesday July 27 @ 12noon - 1pm

Meet Tom Dunlap, Executive Producer RSA Films

RSA Films - Ridley Scott Associates is an award winning film, TV, commercial and music video production company founded by the Directors Ridley and Tony Scott.
FOR ADMISSION - Purchase ticket to USA Network / RSA Films program #30 includes chat.

Thursday July 28 @ 12noon - 1pm

Meet Stephen X. Sylvester & Steven Bingen 
Co-authors of “M-G-M: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” Stephen X. Sylvester is a filmmaker, historian and former Executive Director of the Wattles Mansion and Gardens.  Steven Bingen is a writer and an archivist at Warner Bros. Studios.  They will be discussing their book collaboration and the classic Hollywood studio system.  Later that evening Stephen X. Sylvester will premiere his short film, “Where Dreams Came True” a tour of M-G-M, Hollywood’s prestige studio with ghosts from classic movies encountered along the way. 
FOR ADMISSION - Purchase ticket to film program #35 includes chat.

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