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Early Bird Deadline

January 29, 2023 - $25

Regular Deadline

February 26, 2023 - $30

Late Deadline

March 26, 2023 - $35

Extended Deadline

April 23, 2023 - $40

Notification Date

June 25, 2023

Event Date

August 18 - 20, 2023

Current Playhouse West students are not allowed to buy single block tickets and must purchase a Full Festival Pass to attend the festival.

 

Playhouse West alumni and other guests may purchase single block tickets at the theater during the festival. Friday night tickets are $20. Block tickets and panels during the weekend are $15. 

See you at the movies!

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO BE A PART OF OUR 25TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL!

Join us August 23rd - 25th, 2024

THIS SUMMER!

DATES

Early Bird Deadline

January 14, 2024 - $25

Regular Deadline

March 3, 2024 - $30

Late Deadline

April 7, 2024 - $35

Extended Deadline

May 5, 2024 - $40

Notification Date

June 30, 2024

Event Date

August 23 - 25, 2024

LOCATION

EL PORTAL THEATER
5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

PARKING

Parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Please be mindful of street signs dictating time restrictions.

ABOUT

The Playhouse West Film Festival screens films which involve their current or former members. All films must either have a Playhouse West member in a leading or primary supporting acting role, or as the director, writer or producer.

 

The annual Playhouse West film festival is a three day event at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA, showcasing the filmmaking and acting talents of the Playhouse West students, both former and current. As a Meisner-based acting school (Sanford Meisner taught there late in his teacher career), Playhouse West is the only acting school which not only inspires its acting students to take control of their careers by making their own projects, it hosts a top notch festival where they can show off their work.

The Playhouse West Film Festival is sponsored by the Playhouse West Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, education and development of motion picture and theater artists of independent vision, and to the exhibition of their work. By sponsoring programs such as the Playhouse West Film Festival, we can also educate the public about the art of filmmaking, and introduce them to the work of aspiring new film artists of the future.

The Playhouse West Film Festival is well-known as one of the most positive, filmmaker-friendly festivals in the country. Each year we hear more and more from filmmakers that our festival has been their favorite. From our well organized, run-on-time format, to our unique Q&A’s after each screening block, giving filmmakers a platform to discuss their films at length with our audience, we take great pride in making our festival a fantastic experience for filmmakers.

As an institution, Playhouse West leads the way in encouraging young filmmakers.  Playhouse West members from Los Angeles, Philadelphia produce over 250 films per year, many which go one to be accepted and win awards at film festivals around the country and world.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th

Film Lab Panel 2pm-3:30pm

AI & FILMMAKING
AI is the fastest adopted technology in human history. Will traditional filmmaking and actors become obsolete? What does AI mean to the future of your careers? Find out how to survive and prepare for what’s coming, maybe sooner than you think.

Run Time

1:30:00

Red Carpet Arrival/Check-in 5-7pm

Come dressed to impress! Walk the Playhouse West Red Carpet and get your picture taken.

Run Time

2:00:00

Opening Ceremony 7pm-7:30

Opening Ceremony | Welcome Address
Festival Director | Wolfgang Bodison
Founding Director | Robert Carnegie

Run Time

0:30:00

One Day as a Lion

Feature Film written by and starring our opening night Guest of Honor, Scott Caan, Playhouse West Alumni. Film will be followed by a Q & A with Scott.

Run Time

2:00:00

7:30pm Feature Film and Q & A

Tickets for individual blocks are sold at the festival

Casting Panel

CASTING & AUDITIONING
Auditions can be overwhelming and stressful, especially when you're trying to showcase your talent. However, with the right mindset and preparation, you can minimize anxiety and increase your confidence. Hear advice from industry casting directors that can help you perform your best during auditions.

Run Time

1:00:00

9am Panel

Tickets for individual blocks are sold at the festival

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th

Jennifer and Chicken

A mockumentary comedy following toxic party-girl Jennifer in a DIY reality show, co-starring sweet best friend, Chicken.

Run Time

0:10:00

Hometown Boys

Prior to snatching a lockbox from a porn store, four dimwits deal with the store's security guard, a gimp ready to kick their sorry asses.

Run Time

0:09:37

B.M.O.

Two strangers meet and connect over the course of a single night while waiting for a giant crab to destroy them.

Run Time

0:13:00

Boys II Fem

Jasmyn tows the line between masculine and feminine making it hard to date. She documents her journey into becoming a socially acceptable woman.

Run Time

0:13:33

Linda Evans is my Spirit Animal

A pompous English actor arrives in Hollywood with a burning desire of starring in the Dynasty remake.

Run Time

0:17:46

Green Trip

A young professional struggles to find weed during a stressful return to his hometown until he learns that his family’s acceptance is the ultimate high.

Run Time

0:22:42

10am Shorts

Tickets for individual blocks are sold at the festival

ReBroken

A devastated father receives vinyl recordings from a mysterious stranger that allow him to communicate with his recently deceased daughter.

Run Time

1:33:00

1pm Feature Film

Tickets for individual blocks are sold at the festival

Tradition

Doting parents teach their young daughter the family Halloween tradition.

Run Time

0:04:00

Truth or Scare

When a group of young adults eat the cursed seeds of a pumpkin, their game of truth or dare changes instantly.

Run Time

0:04:26

Surprise!

Frustrated lovers duel to outwit each other but face life-or-death consequences triggered by suppressed fantasies and unexpressed desires.

Run Time

0:13:43

A Pumpkin's Life

In a world ruled by pumpkins, humans are slaughtered for Halloween.

*2022 120-Hour Film Festival Winner

Run Time

0:06:00

Haunted

Eldon finds himself haunted by a demon who dwells in the memory of a tragic event.

Run Time

0:10:00

Glamping

"A group of friends go on a weekend ""glamping"" trip. Things quickly take a turn for the worst and their friendships are tested. "

Run Time

0:14:56

Thin Air

A man comes to save three of his friends from committing suicide.

Run Time

0:15:50

Whaley

A family home is haunted by the executed souls on its cursed ground. Inspired by the Whaley House, the most haunted house in America.

Run Time

0:16:27

3pm Shorts

Tickets for individual blocks are sold at the festival

Jean Elie

Jean is an acclaimed Haitian-American actor, showrunner, and brand influencer. He rose to fame portraying Issa Rae's brother, Ahmal Dee, on the Emmy award-winning HBO series, Insecure. Hear him talk about how he accomplished his most recent venture, co-writing, producing, and starring in Send Help, a series for AMC Networks' AllBlk, the new treaming platform that celebrates Black culture.

Run Time

1:00:00

5pm Guest Speaker

Tickets for individual blocks are sold at the festival

The Stalking Fields

"A group of civilians run for their freedom when they find themselves caught in the middle of a Black Ops program designed to ""cure"" PTSD."

Run Time

2:00:00

7:30pm Feature Film and Q & A

Tickets for individual blocks are sold at the festival

LUNCH BREAK 12pm - 1pm

DINNER BREAK 6pm - 7:30pm

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DINNER BREAK 6pm - 7:30pm

FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM