Los Angeles Shorts International Film Fest chugs uphill to new animated heights

Marlene Sharp
4 min readAug 14, 2023
LA Shorts International Film Fest wraps a successful run in its 27th year.

In its 27th iteration, which wrought record-breaking on-site attendance, LA Shorts International Film Festival ascended to new heights of animation pedigree. THE BRAVE LOCOMOTIVE, Andrew Pierce Chesworth’s homage to classic 2D Merrie Melodies and Disney fare, earned the Best Animation honor and immediately became qualified for Academy Award consideration. Additionally, the Fest hosted multiple visually stunning shorts from HBO Max’s ONLY YOU: AN ANIMATED SHORTS COLLECTION, the University of Southern California (USC), and talented indie creators, such as Vishavjit Singh and Ryan Westra (AMERICAN SIKH), Linda Malik and Brainstorm Productions (WILLOW’S TALE), Jour Majesty, a.k.a. Michael C. Perry(WALLS), and Chelsea Heard (CURLS).

Thomas Heard and Chelsea Heard of CURLS enjoy a father-daughter filmmaking experience.
THE BRAVE LOCOMOTIVE wins Best Animated Short at 2023 LA Shorts International Film Fest

Filmmaker Andrew Chesworth overflowed with excitement. “My crew and I couldn’t be more grateful for THE BRAVE LOCOMOTIVE winning Best Animation at its LA Shorts International Film Fest premiere! THE BRAVE LOCOMOTIVE had a very long, noncontiguous…

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Marlene Sharp

Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl.