2018 LA SKINS FEST

The LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL, announced its full list of events, programs, and film screenings taking place November 13th – 18th, 2018 in Hollywood, CA. Every year, we premier several Native-made movies that feature Q&A’s with Native American filmmakers, panel discussions with industry professionals, professional mixers that feature new Native American musicians, and an award ceremony that honors the great achievements in Native American filmmaking.

November 13th, 2018,  Netflix presents the LA SKINS FEST opening night industry mixer. Taking place at their headquarters on Sunset Blvd, Netflix will host the event on their two story open air patio overseeing the Los Angeles cityscape. The LA SKINS FEST will celebrate Native American filmmakers, writers, actors and community leaders. This is in collaboration with the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program.

On Wednesday November 14th, we will conduct the annual Native Writers Pitch Fest. This event has Native American writers pitching creative executives, literary representation and our corporate partners. A staged reading of Native American scripts from our writers labs will follow the pitches. The event concludes with a celebration and announcement of the 4th Native American TV Writers Lab, taking place in Spring 2019, sponsored by NBCUniversal, the Walt Disney Company and Kung Fu Monkey Productions.

On Thursday November 15th 8pm, the SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee as part of LA Skins Fest will host a panel called Where We Are Today: Native Americans in the Industry – a Free Panel that will feature professional actors, writers, casting directors and other industry professionals. The panel will include a networking mixer for invited Guilds.

On Friday November 16th, The Walt Disney Company and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the opening night movie Ralph Breaks The Internet.      

On Saturday November 17th, film programs will highlight Native American veterans, youth from around the US and women filmmakers. The films range from Native American youth activism, learning to heal from trauma and life on the reservation. Q&A will follow each screening program.

On Saturday November 17th, the LA SKINS FEST hosts the first ever Hollywood Pow Wow. On the courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theater, Native American dancers, drummers and singers will present a traditional performance and celebrate their indigenous heritage. This is free to the public.

On Saturday afternoon in the Chinese Theater VIP Lounge, presented in partnership with Paul Feig’s Powderkeg, we will host a table read of a new digital series from Break The Room, a community-centered revolutionary development process featuring indigenous writers

Saturday night, we celebrate our annual awards gala at the Hollywood Loews Hotel. Hosted by world renowned Native actors Kalani Queypo and Q’orianka Kilcher. We will honor filmmakers from across Indian country and the great achievements in Native American cinema. The celebration features an exquisite banquet, live music and guest appearances from more Native American actors.

On Sunday, November 19th, screening continue throughout the day. Programs include films focusing on HIV/AIDS affecting Native American communities presented by the Aids Healthcare Foundation.

On Sunday evening, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Visionmaker Media presents Empowering Indian Country with Public Media. This is a panel discussion featuring representatives from First Nations Experience, the Sundance Institute and Visionmaker Media. The discussion will focus on how Native American influence on Public Media broadens the audience outreach and provides positive exposure for the Native community.

2018 LA SKINS FEST closes the festival with the acclaimed drama Angelique’s Isle, starring the preeminent and iconic Tantoo Cardinal. A woman stranded on a frozen island must survive the challenges of environment and her inner demons.

Corporate support of the LA SKINS FEST plays an essential role in the life of the festival and emphasizes the festival’s commitment to quality, exploration, and excellence in the art of cinema. The LA SKINS FEST is privileged to partner with some of the world’s most renowned consumer and entertainment brands, including Comcast NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, ABC 7, HBO, Turner, 21CF, Sony Pictures, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, A+E Network Television, Wells Fargo, Corporation of Public Broadcasting, Sony Electronics, Vision Maker Media, Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Santa Ynez Band Of Chumash Indians, CBS Corporation, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), CBS Entertainment Diversity, United Talent Agency, Mike Royce, Motion Pictures Association of America, Sundance Institute, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, SAG/AFTRA, Bad Robot, Lionsgate, STARZ, Walter Kaitz Foundation, SAG AFTRA, SAG INDIE, MGM Resorts International, Paramount Pictures, Southern California Indian Center, KCET, Final Draft, Golden Road Brewery and the Department of Cultural Affairs – Los Angeles.

Check festival schedule here.