2017 LASF

12th ANNUAL LA SKINS FEST Announces Call For Film Entries

12th ANNUAL LA SKINS FILM FEST ANNOUNCES CALL FOR FILM ENTRIES   Los Angeles Skins Fest (LA SKINS FEST) Presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL Announces 2018 Call For Submissions For 6-Day Festival in Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA. May 1st, 2018 —The LA SKINS FEST presented by COMCAST NBCUniversal, announced today that they are now officially… Read more »


November 15th, 2017 — Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program collaborated with us to celebrate and host our opening night for Native American filmmakers, Native American TV Lab alumni, and Sundance NativeLab Fellows. We also took the opportunity to thank our network, studio, tribal and municipal sponsors for supporting the LA SKINS FEST…. Read more »


Thursday November 16th — The SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee as part of LA Skins Fest hosted a panel called The Business of Acting:  The Landscape of Native American Casting– a free casting panel and interactive workshop. This casting panel and workshop was dedicated to Native American actors seeking to gain insight into auditioning, performing… Read more »


On November 17th, 2017, the 11th Annual LA SKINS FEST opened the film festival with THOR: RAGNAROK, from director Taika Waititi. Taika taped a customized greeting for the packed audience at the Hollywood theater. The screening was presented by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Entertainment and took place at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts… Read more »


Saturday — November 18, 2017 9p at Cinematic Picture Group in Hollywood, CA the LA SKINS FEST held the 5th ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MEDIA AWARDS CEREMONY. Filmmakers from across Indian country were honored for their great achievements in Native American cinema. “Thank you, LA SKINS FEST. I am blessed and lucky to have received the… Read more »

Saturday Nov 18th Film Screenings

Saturday Nov 18th  — The 11th Annual LA SKINS FEST weekend screenings continued at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Our Saturday, November 18th film programs highlighted Native Women Directors from Canada and the US. The films range from Native American youth activism, cultural rehabilitation, and the disappearance of Native American women across North America…. Read more »

Sunday Nov 19th Film Screening Programs

Nov 19th, 2017  — The 11th Annual LA SKINS FEST weekend screenings continued at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. On Sunday, November 19th, the Aids Healthcare Foundation offered a special look at epidemics affecting Native American communities. We screened films that explored HIV/AIDS on the reservations and the Native American LGBTQ experience in the city. Our… Read more »


Friday November 17th – NATIVE YOUTH MEDIA TOUR Native youth from Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California and first nation youth from Citxw Nlaka’pamux Assembly from B.C., Canada were invited to Paramount Studios. On the tour, Native youth learned about film and television history, walked on sets, visited sound stages and met with studio… Read more »

Tracy Lee Nelson

Tracy Lee Nelson (Blues Musician/Singer/Song Composer) is a Luiseno /Diegueno Native California Indian, a descendant of the Guassac family of the La Jolla Indian Reservation and the Mataweer/Duro family of the Mesa Grande Indian Reservation. Tracy has engaged in playing many genres of music from blues to rock. In the 1990’s, he emerged from San… Read more »

DeLanna Studi

DeLanna Studi is an actor and playwright from Liberty, Oklahoma. She is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. TV and Film credits include: Shameless, Z Nation, the Peabody Award Winning Edge of America, Dreamkeeper and General Hospital. Theater Credits include: The First National Broadway Tour of August: Osage County, Primary Stages Informed Consent, Portland… Read more »