Interview with Larry Laboe, Executive Director, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)

Founded in 2007, the non-profit 501(c)3 organization NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) has established itself as a strong gathering place for cinema with over 60,000 subscribers in the Los Angeles community, screening 950+ films from over 57 countries. In addition to fostering the advancement of emerging filmmakers and our members in Los Angeles, NFMLA’s objective is to promote the cultural advancement of filmmaking.

Matthew Toffolo Interviews Larry Laboe, Executive Director

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Larry: To help filmmakers connect with audiences and industry professionals.

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception until your upcoming 2015 festival?

Larry: The festival has grown to offer more opportunities for our selected filmmakers. Some of these opportunities include first-look distribution from ShortsHD / Shorts International, TV4 Entertainment, Seed & Spark, NUVOtv and a chance to be nominated for the FOX Global Directors / FOX Global Writers programs.

Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?

Larry: We showcase approximately 200 films annually.

Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what to except for the 2015 Festival?

Larry: Some of the best indie films from around the world!

Matthew: Is there going to be an overall theme for the 2015 festival?

Larry: All of our programs are very diversified, so we generally do not theme our programs, though this year we will offer some thematic programs focusing on minority filmmakers.

Matthew: Where do you see your festival in 5 years?

Larry: Continually growing and perhaps expanding into other cities.

Matthew: What’s the current status of the Film Scene in your city?

Larry: LA is the mecca of indie filmmaking. We’re very excited to be part of a city that includes talented filmmakers, writers, producers, actors and more. LA offers some of the very best, while still highlighting international cinema and filmmakers.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Larry: I like to focus on indie films. I have many favorites….too many to choose just one!

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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes, Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

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