Los Angeles, CA – The LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL, will be taking place November 14th-19th, 2017 at locations such as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.
The LA SKINS FEST annually showcases works by independent Native American filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of Native American people. The festival offers filmmakers an opportunity to show their work so audiences of all ages and interests can enrich their experience and understanding of Native American cultures.
Every year, we premier several Native-made movies that feature Q&A’s with Native American filmmakers, panel discussions with industry professionals and professional mixers that feature Native American musicians. We also honor the great achievements in Native American filmmaking with our annual Native American Award Show will be taking place Saturday Nov 18, 2017.
Since 2007, the LA SKINS FEST has grown and developed our programs to offer new and genuine opportunities to our filmmakers, youth and community. We annually offers ancillary programming to further encourage and educate the Native American community in entertainment.
The LA SKINS FEST strives to provide Native filmmakers with new opportunities. Films accepted in the festival will be eligible for competition, distribution opportunities and cash award prices. Additionally, winners of the Best Feature and Best Short Awards will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
In the past eleven years, the LA SKINS FEST has garnered support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes. NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Development, CBS Corp, HBO, ABC/DISNEY, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Lionsgate, A&E Networks, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Ramona Band of Mission Indians are valuable supporters. In 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Turner Broadcasting Systems joined the LA SKINS FEST to provide great opportunities for the festival.
The Barcid Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt organization and is the presenting sponsor of the Los Angeles SKINS FEST. The Barcid Foundation is dedicated to the education, preservation and observance of Indigenous people and heritage. The foundation is presenting the Los Angeles SKINS FEST to provide the entire Southern California population access to a community and culture that is otherwise ignored.