Small stuff makes a splash at OSCAR®-qualifying, 27th Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival

Marlene Sharp
4 min readJul 13
Small stuff is a big deal at the 27th LA Shorts International Film Festival

The small things matter. Such is the official tagline and philosophy of a longstanding Hollywood cinematic institution. Unfurling 55 curated screening blocks and $5,000 cash prizes for winners, the 27th LA Shorts International Film Festival announces its 2023 offerings, which include 529 films from 34 countries. The OSCARS® & BAFTA-qualifying LA Shorts Fest takes place at Regal Cinemas LA Live on July 19–30. In addition, 144 short films stream during the month of July on

Upcoming silver screen highlights include the following:

  • July 18, 4 p.m. FREE public showing of feature documentary REBEL HEARTS (about activist nuns who leave their convent behind . . .) at Laemmle NoHo Theatre;
  • July 19, 8 p.m. Screening trifecta of social impact documentary shorts (NOT WORTH KILLING; FORGIVING JOHNNY; THE RED SUITCASE) and opening night celebration at Regal Cinema LA Live;
  • July 26, 1 p.m. Dedicated animated shorts program, followed by filmmakers talk-back session, plus industry luminary panel discussion, featuring writer/producer/director Jeffrey Reddick (FINAL DESTINATION, A TALE DARK & GRIMM); writer/casting director/voice director Kristi Reed (TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK, INFINITY TRAIN); Neko Productions founder Lirit Rosenzweig Topaz (SONIC MANIA ADVENTURES), producers John Andrews (MTV’s LIQUID TELEVISION, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD) and Marlene Sharp (SNACK WORLD, SONIC BOOM, also panel moderator), and Gaumont’s Terry Kalagian (STILLWATER).
  • July 30, 10 p.m. Closing ceremony with encore exhibition of winning films and presentation of cash awards.

The red-carpeted, opening night extravaganza is sponsored by Immaculate Heart Community, an LA-based, multi-culturally sensitive, ecumenical non-profit organization, which seeks to create access for all persons to truth, equity, justice and peace through spiritual development, education, the arts. The group also fosters safekeeping for Earth and all beings.

IHC President/Principal Executive Officer Sherry L. Purcell, Ph.D. looks forward to the festivities. “We are so proud to support LA Shorts International Film Festival opening night slate of justice films…

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.