LOS ANGELES — Announcing the early line up of premieres which include Interactive documentaries, an animated film — exploring men’s mental health, the plight of a Syrian refugee family, the consequences of climate change, and the effect of digital connections on human relationships —which will be screened during the 11th New Media Film Festival, to be held June 3 and 4. There will be a Q & A with the content creators in attendance.

The festival will be held at The Landmark, 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.

The New Media festival, part of the United Nations Millennium Project, was launched as an annual event during the 2009 C3: Center for Conscious Creativity “Immerse in the Future” symposium held in Los Angeles. The festival is the brainchild of media futurist and current president of Select Services Films Inc. Susan Johnston. She saw the need for a unique event specifically catering to new media content artists that would “look at new technologies and how it merges with the story so people can go on the journey the story set out to create.” The result is a film festival that the organizers say creates “new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media.”

Below are some brief descriptions of the films in this program.
Title: Red Earth
Director: Michael Kenny
Country: Australia
World Premiere
In this student-produced animation, a monster born from the climate crisis rains down the fires of hell upon an innocent wallaby.

Title: Brothers Across Borders
Director: Mikkel Keldorf
Country: Denmark, Turkey
U.S. Premiere
This interactive documentary film puts you in charge of the decisions of a young Syrian refugee named Ismael. The journey is full of risk, challenges and dilemmas as the future of the family depends on you and the choices you make.

Title: More Than A Haircut
Director: Hartley Woolf
Country: UK, Russia, India
L.A. Premiere
This interactive documentary explores masculinity and men's mental health through the context of barbershops around the world.

Title: WTV, It's cool
Director: Brit Phelan
Country: USA
World Premiere
Explore the millennial experience and how we navigate the deterioration and transformation of our personal relationships in this ever-growing digital world.

There are 25 competitive categories to submit to that collectively celebrate a broad spectrum of storytelling, from Classics such as Documentary and Features to Web Series, Drone, Mobile, AR, VR and more. Creators vie for $45,000 in Awards; Judges are from FOX, Marvel, HBO, Emmys, Grammys and other Industry Leaders.

“Top 6 festivals for content creators” – Backstage Magazine

“Stories that exemplify the power of the cinematic arts to inspire and transform” –Los Angeles Times- Hero Complex

“Makes the Cutting Edge Accessible”– Huffington Post

“Worth The Entry Fee”- Movie Maker Magazine

“I thank NewMediaFF for what they’ve done for young filmmakers” -Director Roger Corman

”The role of this fest is bringing the Best in New Media to the World”-Festival World

In addition to film screenings, the festival will have panel discussions, Q&A sessions, a marketing table, an International art exhibit, Red Carpet, VIP Soiree and other engaging events.

Filmmakers interested in submitting their work for possible screening have until April 10. Organizers will release the final schedule for the festival May 10. For updates, check the festival schedule.