UCLA student films showcased at mini fest

Kalogridis lands script nod; Koch to be honored

The next generation of showbiz-bound Bruins are strutting their stuff this week as part of the UCLA Festival of New Creative Work.

The weeklong event is designed to showcase student works, from animation and live-action shorts to scripts to costume and set designs, and provide networking opportunities with industry insiders, alumni and otherwise. The bar is high for student works to be included in the screening program, says Myrl Schreibman, producer of the fest and an adjunct professor.

“A large amount of films are screened and those that pass the first test are then sent on to another committee who screens them and decides which ones will be viewed at the festival,” Schreibman said. “I think this lengthy selection process makes (UCLA) stand out among other (student) fests.”

In addition to screenings, the fest offers nightly showcases dedicated to various disciplines.

The Screenwriters Showcase set for tonight at the Ralph Freud Playhouse will feature stagings of five-minute excerpts from eight scripts that were reviewed by a panel of more than 200 industry players. “Shutter Island” scribe Laeta Kalogridis will receive a screenwriting kudo from her alma mater.

Tuesday’s Producers Marketplace will challenge four finalists to pitch their feature idea to a panel of judges, who will grill the aspiring producers and pick a winner. Audience members also get to vote for their fave. Producer Hawk Koch will also be feted.

Thursday’s closing-night Director’s Spotlight at the DGA Theater will present eight shorts selected by a blue-ribbon panel that included helmers Keith Gordon, Michael Miner, Patricia Cardoso and John Pasquin. Helmers Lee Daniels and Roger Corman will be saluted.

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