Laguna Film Festival to Launch in October

Courtesy of Laguna Film Festival
Austin Fickman

The three-day festival will focus on short films.

The first-ever Laguna Film Festival, a three-day festival dedicated to short films, will be held Oct 16-18, the festival’s organizers have announced.

Designed as a showcase for young and emerging filmmakers, the fest was founded by 18-year-old Austin Fickman and reports that its first edition attracted more than 1,000 submissions from 69 countries.

The festival’s jury members will include writer/director/producer Andy Fickman; producers Betsy Sullenger, Michael Wimer and Andrew Miano; WME’s Phillip Raskind, Meredith Wechter and Kimberly Bialek; Reel Talent Management’s Elissa Leeds; Management 360’s Daniel Rappaport; writer-director Alejandro Monteverde and director Alonso Alvarez Barreda.

The films will compete in the categories of animation, comedy, drama, documentary, experimental, horror and sci-fi/fantasy, as well as Youth Filmmakers and Film School Students Showcase.  Winning filmmakers will receive industry meetings.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the best short film and best film school student short winners.

Screenings will be held at Regency Directors Cut Cinema. Further information is available at