The LA SKINS FEST offers a genuine voice for emerging Native American actors, filmmakers, writers, directors and our community of artists. After eight years, we have garnered support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes. Every year, we premier several Native-made movies that feature Q&A’s with Native American filmmakers, panel discussions with… Read more »

2016 Call for Entries

The Los Angeles Skins Festival (LA SKINS FEST) is now accepting film submissions for its 10th annual film festival to be held November 15-20th, 2016.  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 helps filmmakers show their… Read more »


SKINS WRITERS GROUP takes place Saturday January 23, 2016 at CBS STUDIOS The SKINS WRITERS GROUP is a monthly literary gathering that offers genuine career building opportunities to Native Americans. For more information or to participate, please email contact@laskinsfest.com.


On November 14th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST premiered IN CIRCLES, preceded by the short film PRO ANA for our Saturday Night Movie. Filmmakers for both films attended the screening and participated in a Q&A with the Los Angeles Native community. Special thanks to NBCUniversal, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, CBS, HBO, Sony Pictures,… Read more »

Short Narrative and Documentary Series – 9th Annual LA SKINS FEST

On Saturday November 14th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST screened several great documentaries and short films during our afternoon and evening programs. Filmmakers Benalex Dupris, Doreen Manuel, Boise Esquerra, Terry Jones, Adam Reeser, Jim Warne, and several others spoke with the audience during the Q&A following their screening. Special thanks to NBCUniversal, San Manuel Band… Read more »

Youth Multimedia Film Program

On Saturday November 14th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST screened films from our summer youth multimedia program. Every summer, we travel to Native communities and train youth in multimedia. The participating youth produce several films that range from documentary to comedy to animation. Youth from the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay presented their films from the… Read more »


On Saturday November 14th, Native American youth from Southern California, Northern California, Arizona and New Mexico participated in a film workshop. The youth collaborated on a short film instructed by actor Noah Watts. They acted out scenes, operated camera and sound, directed each other and worked together throughout the day. Great job! See you again… Read more »


On Friday November 13th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST opened the film festival with the Horror Film Wind Walkers and the award winning short #Nightslikethese. Director Russell Friedenberg, Producers Heather Rae and Dori Sperko, and actors Rudy Youngblood and Tsulan Cooper joined the Q&A to discuss the making of Wind Walkers. Director Amber Midthunder also… Read more »

Industry Panel for Native American Actors

On Thursday November 12th, the 9th Annual LA SKINS FEST hosted an industry panel for Native American Actors. NBCUniversal casting personnel and independent casting directors discussed the professional side of acting in film and television. Native American actors inquired about new opportunities for diverse actors, what they can do to take advantage of them and… Read more »

Skins Writers Workshop

On Wednesday November 11th 2015, Native American writers participated in an intensive workshop sponsored by NBC,  ABC, CBS, BET, HBO and Sony Pictures. Native writers received guidance on pitching their projects from BET development executive, Donna Michelle Anderson, and then pitched to NBC, CBS, ABC, managers, agents, and independent producers. Film Independent joined the writers for dinner… Read more »