The Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge Comes To Helms Design Center

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The Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge Comes To Helms Design Center

September 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

We are excited to partner with The New Urbanism Film Festival to present THE URBANISM FILMMAKING CHALLENGE on September 29th thru October 9th. Filmmakers have a week to shoot and edit a 3 to 5 minute documentary about a contemporary LA urban planning issue or project, submit the finished film, and then participate in a premiere and awards ceremony.

Part 1: NUFF Talks  Thursday, September 29th 7pm
Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
Top urban thinkers and local community leaders give seven minute long presentations on LA’s dynamic urban landscape. These presentations form the basis of the documentaries. Topics are as diverse as the city itself and may include street art, road diets, homelessness, development issues, advocacy efforts, and more. The filmmakers who have accepted the challenge watch the presentations, and afterwards choose who they want to work with. It’s a fun urbanism/filmmaking speed dating atmosphere. Free Valet Parking is available in the lot at Helms Avenue and Venice Boulevard. (This event is also open to the public.)

Part 2: Filmmaking  September 30th – October 8th
The following week, the urbanist and filmmaker work together to complete the film. The urbanist may assist the filmmaker by arranging location shoots and interviews with fellow experts, and by providing historical or relevant photos. The films are finished and submitted by 11:59pm Saturday October 8th.

Part 3: Film Premieres Sunday, October 9th 7pm
Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
The films are premiered at the Helms Design Center on Sunday October 9th at 7pm. Awards are presented immediately following the screening.

1st Place: $300 Cash, Betabrand Gear Bag, Custom Design Award, NUFF Gift bag, and Registration with InkTip.
2nd & 3rd Place: Betabrand Gear Bag and NUFF Gift bag.
The judges panel includes: Lisa Hasko (International Documentary Association), Travis Knight (last year’s winner),
and Diego Cardoso (Planning Director for LA County Metro).
Entry Fee: Filmmakers $25, Urbanists $25, Audience $10.
Student & Nonprofit discounts available.

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September 29, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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