The New Media Film Festival®: A Platform for Visionaries

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The New Media Film Festival® itself is a hub for such groundbreaking work, with a history of honoring stories worth telling since 2009. This year's lineup includes 106 new media films and content, with 32 world premieres, 8 U.S. premieres, and 33 L.A. premieres. The festival's international reach is impressive, featuring entries from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Burma, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

With a judging panel comprising industry luminaries from BBC, PBS, Marvel, Emmys, Grammys, Simon & Schuster, ABC, and more, the festival is a prestigious platform for creators to showcase their work. It is an event that not only celebrates the art of storytelling but also fosters a community where creators can connect, collaborate, and inspire one another.


Date - June 5
Title - Krystal Klairvoyant
Director - Erin Good
Country - Australia
A supernatural comedy about an online tarot card reader who discovers she’s a witch when she starts accidentally casting spells on her customers.


Date - June 5
Title - The Human Era (available as a series and a feature length)
Director - Lara Cardoso
Country - Brazil
Cast - With actor and environmentalist host, Marcos Palmeira.
How can our thoughts, intuitions, emotions and senses shape life on our planet? You will find out on a thrilling journey in Brazil through Air, Fire, Water and Earth to understand how human nature is the driving force behind climate change. From the perspective of different characters, including world renowned scientists, you will get immersed in the four essential elements to life.


Date - June 5
Title - I Will Bury You Ep 3
Director - Ravi Steve Khajuria
Country - Canada
Premier - World
Cast & Crew - Colin Glazer, Sergio Di Zio
A Canadian, dark comedy series that follows two brothers as they attempt to carry out their mother’s final wishes by scattering her ashes in the places she loved… if only they can figure out where that might be.

June 6th, One of the most anticipated events at the festival is the world premiere of "Prophet," a dark comedy TV series that tackles the serious issue of healthcare affordability through a satirical lens. Created by Diana Savone, starring Ray Abruzzo, Nancy Linari, "Prophet" is a testament to the power of independent filmmaking and the impact of crowdfunding in bringing critical issues to the forefront of public discourse.

The series follows the journey of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer who, unable to afford her treatments, is drawn into the world of dubious alternative therapies by a charismatic but unqualified wellness guru. The narrative takes a twist when she becomes an influencer, ironically promoting the same dangerous treatments to fund her legitimate medical needs. This plotline serves as a sharp commentary on the healthcare system and the desperation that can arise from its inadequacies.

Diana Savone, the force behind "Prophet," is no stranger to the challenges of healthcare. Her personal connection to the subject matter is evident in the film's authentic portrayal of the struggles faced by many. By utilizing platforms like Seed&Spark's Patrons Circle, Savone has successfully navigated the world of independent film financing, demonstrating that compelling stories can find their way to the screen through community support and determination.


Date - June 6
Title - Pickleball Is Life – DILL WITH IT!
Director - Carol Ann DeMarco, Ethan DeAguiar
Country - USA
Cast - Sharon Lawrence, Catherine Curtin, Johanna Day, David Lansbury, Maleek Rae, Leigh Anne West, Tonya Pinkins, Seth Chitwood
Three besties are compelled to participate in a high-stakes pickleball competition after they find themselves in a pickle. Their friendship and tenacity are consequently put to the ultimate test on the court.

Date - June 6
The World Premiere of AD Insider On Campus Series
Directors - Patrick Kohan, Jessica Driskill, Tyler Driskill Driskill
Country - USA
A docuseries that will take you to the campuses of some of the top high school athletic departments in the country. We give you an inside look at the lives of the Athletic Administrators that make high school sports possible and highlight the ways they are striving to innovate their athletic departments to engage more students with their school, and inevitably create more opportunities for them in the future

Date - June 6
Title - Manage This! Ep 3
Directors - Michael Monks, Tara OReilly
Country - USA
Mia Foreman has held sway in Vermont for many decades discovering and managing such bands as Phish and Grace Potter, she has finally hit a wall on all levels. Her managing career has dwindled to two, unstable clients as she struggles to care for her father’s failing health. Ever hopeful, and focused on making her career work, Mia searches for the next Musical Star among a heap of eccentric artists in a valiant effort to secure her life, business and status as an ace of a music manager.

Date - June 6
Title - RugbyTown S2
Director - Patrick Guthrie
Country - USA
L.A.Premier
Cast -
Henk Van Niekerk
Elston Haley, Jr.
David Still
Gelen Robinson
Shawn Clark
Nicholas Stehling
Taniela Tupou
J Pinder
Matthew Peabody
Tyler Everett
Taylor Vincek
Chas Isenhart
Steven Capstick
Lonnie Schwindt
J Pinder
Zac Greenberg
Peder Morganthaler
Helen R.K. Wright
Kramer Sanguinetti
Dan Johnson
Bradley Dunn

Season 2 of RugbyTown takes-off with the American Raptors in search of local competition and finishes with a two-match tour in Montevideo, Uruguay for the men to play their way into consideration for inclusion in Super Rugby Americas in 2023. The players are mic’d up and RugbyTown goes behind the scenes, both on and off the pitch, as the men rise collectively in furtherance of their strategic mission for the USA to win the Rugby World Cup in 2031.


Date - June 6
Title - When the Sun Explodes Ep 1
Directors - Davis Diamond, Skyler Diamond
Country - USA
World Premier
The story starts in Malibu, California, when the sun suddenly explodes and takes the main characters, Davis & Skyler, on a quest to bring it back and restore balance on Earth. They travel through different dimensions, gaining powers and meeting guides to help them along the way. Dialogue is shown through speech bubbles, and there are no voices in the series, just music. Plants communicate in a unique hieroglyphic language.


The New Media Film Festival® is more than just an event; it's a movement that champions the innovative spirit of new media creators. It is a testament to the fact that, regardless of the medium, a powerful story has the ability to connect us all. For more information about the festival and its lineup, visit the official website www.newmediafilmfestival.com

The New Media Film Festival®, now in its 15th year, continues to be a beacon for storytellers from around the globe, showcasing innovative content that pushes the boundaries of storytelling. This year, the festival is set to take place on June 5-6, 2024, in Los Angeles, and it promises to be a vibrant celebration of new media artistry, with a staggering $45,000 in awards.