NAFSA International Film Festival

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Call for Proposals

Through this NAFSA program, we seek to celebrate and promote international filmmaking. Audiences can enjoy feature-length and short films, including animation, created by award-winning international filmmakers from around the world.

In partnership with the New York Film Academy, Education New Zealand, and Human Rights Watch, NAFSA is pleased to screen multiple films, covering a wide range of themes, at two locations during the week.

Feature-Length Films

The Uncondemned Preregistration fee and ticket required.

Monday, May 29, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Room 411, Los Angeles Convention Center
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Film director and writer, Michele Mitchell will join attendees of this film for a post-film discussion.

The Uncondemned is a riveting documentary about an underdog group of lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an international war crime. In 1997, the young men and women at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found themselves inexplicably in charge of the first case of genocide in history.

Pete’s Dragon Preregistration fee and ticket required.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Room 411, Los Angeles Convention Center
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The complex retelling of the 1977 Disney classic, Pete’s Dragon, is a visual masterpiece. Award-winning, New Zealand based visual effects firm, Weta Digital, brings life to Elliot, a reclusive green dragon living deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. Join Academy Award winner Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard in this heartwarming tale of a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home and his dragon. Join us as we explore the rich narrative, beautiful set locations, and spectacular visual effects of this timeless masterpiece.

The Eagle Huntress Preregistration fee and ticket required.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Room 411, Los Angeles Convention Center
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The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholopan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

Short Features and Special Programming

Taking place from 12:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the NAFSA Soundstage.

Excellence in Film-making: New Zealand Short Showcase

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Presented by Education New Zealand
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View a special screening of award winning short films produced by New Zealand film-makers. Join staff from New Zealand universities for a discussion about film education and program in the country.

Españomics: The American Dream Also Speaks Spanish

Tuesday, May 30 | 12:00 p.m.-12:40 p.m.
Presented by New York Film Academy
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A film by a New York Film Academy Alumni and Fulbright Scholar?” In California, the Spanish language has traditionally been deep-rooted. This film explores how education is facing the use of Spanish through policy makers, educators, and students. It analyzes and portrays the influence of the Spanish language on U.S. society and aims to promote intercultural competence and multilingualism.

USC Cinematic Arts and the International Environment

Wednesday, May 31 | 12:00-12:40 p.m.
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For the past 12 years, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has been active in international education with its relationships with university and other institutions’ film and media programs. The school has also been involved with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Film Showcase (AFS). In 2017, we will travel to nearly 40 countries for workshops, presentations, and film screenings about female empowerment, diversity, civil society, the environment, and technology. AFS is aimed at encouraging young people to make and tell their stories.

NAFSA Film Festival: Entertainment Careers in Film & Television

Wednesday, May 31 | 12:40-1:15 p.m.
Presented by Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
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This session will allow attendees to learn how Entertainment Studies alumni from FIDM launched their careers into production design and set decoration in both film and television. Discussion topics will include; day in the life of a set decorator in an art department, roles on a production crew, industry resources, skills sets needed, best practices in landing a job, and networking in the entertainment industry.

Unwelcome: A Syrian Refugee in Europe and his Family’s Dream of a Different Life

Thursday, June 1 | 12:00 p.m.-12:40 p.m.
Presented by New York Film Academy
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Made by a New York Film Academy documentary film student, this is the story of six-year old Menwar. He and his family live in a tent at a gas station parking lot in Greece. They fled the Syrian war hoping to find peace in Europe, only to find rejections. Now they must choose between moving to a prison-like camp and fleeing across borders illegally.

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