The Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival is proud to announce their 2018 selected films. These 10 films were chosen in collaboration with the faculty at the New York Film Academy – Los Angeles and L.A. Film School.  The selected filmmakers are paired with one of the ten film composers for the 2018 festival to participate in a unique collaborative process. These up-and-coming filmmakers were selected from among hundreds of applicants and showed exceptional creative vision. The festival offers them an opportunity to connect with experienced film composers and to learn how to make the most out of their collaboration. This artistic workshop culminates on festival day when the films are screened with a LIVE performance of the score by the recording and performance ensemble, Helix Collective.

This year’s festival films speak to the stories that can be told by a diverse group of young filmmakers living in Los Angeles. Dramatic films include the story of a young, female child soldier in Africa; a transgender woman of color seeking a career in the music industry, finding identity as a young, gay man in California; and the pursuit of excellence in both the exalted and mundane in ancient China. The festival also runs the gamut of genres with representatives from the horror, suspense, action, and comedy categories. On festival day, the emotion, humor, terror, and humanity of these films will be enhanced and highlighted by the LIVE scores performed on stage at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.

Participating in this year’s live score-to-screen festival is an impressive and diverse line-up of composers for film, television, and video games. Hailing from all around the world, these composers who started out in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada, Italy, and around the United States, all made their way to Los Angeles to work in media music. Their music has already been featured in major motion pictures, on television, and at the top film festivals but on Saturday, July 21st at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, their music will take its place front-and-center as the driving force behind the emotion and action of film.

The Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival is produced by Helix Collective and the Academy of Scoring Arts. Our 2018 festival sponsors are Orange Tree SamplesSonic Fuel Studios, and White Bear PR.

The event takes place Saturday, July 21, 2018

6:00pm Composer and Filmmaker Panel

7:30pm Screening

9:00pm Reception

Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Tickets $25


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2018 Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival Lineup


Director – Nicolas Varela (NYFA)

Composer – Drum & Lace

Frustrated career on singing drives Aphrodite to pay with her own flesh and identity for an uncertain opportunity into the industry.

Arrow And Oil

Director – Lanyue Zhang (NYFA)

Composer – George Oldziey

Around 1010 A.D. during the Northern Song Dynasty. Chen YaoZi, a civil officer from the imperial court with superb archery skills starts thinking and questioning about the relationship between his archery and his work after he met an old oil seller.

The Bag and the Bike

Director – David Haye (LAFS)

Composer – Marco Valerio Antonini

The Bag and The Bike follows the journey of a poor little backpack, as it copes with the realities of being replaced. The film was shot over the course of 48hrs, for a final class assignment.

Bam Bam

Director – Logan McDonald (LAFS)

Composer – Erik Desiderio

Bam-Bam is a drama about a browbeaten mechanic who wants to keep his girlfriend happy. When he is forced to choose between her and his layabout brother, he must decide what is best for himself before they decide for him.

Devil’s Hour

Director – Brandon Garman (LAFS)

Composer – Nathalie Bonin

An evil presence has taken possession of Sam and attempts to take the soul of her sister Ash. Ash is forced to fight for her life and murder her beloved sister, or did she. Now the hour of the devil has struck and the demon claws its way once more into the body of Sam. Will Ash be able to make it out of the house with her soul intact, or will she fall victim to the demons insatiable hunger?


Director – Vicken Joulfayan (NYFA)

Composer – Shaun Chasin

Nadim tries to escape his own reality but soon realizes that he is being forced to confront it more than ever.


Director – Victoria Gagieva (NYFA)

Composer – Steph Kowal

A lonely child soldier trapped in horrors of African militant group experiences a simple act of humanity from a person she is about to condemn to death.

L’Ombre Amoureuse

Director – Glenn Morisse (LAFS)

Composer – Joy Ngiaw

A susceptible college student dreams to escape the charade he’s built to protect himself from people’s judgments.

The Pill

Director – Oliver Weinmann (NYFA)

Composer – Jonathan Keith

A short description of my The Pill is: A dark comedy about a women who is trapped in a relationship and the only way she is able to go on is by taking a pill.

There She Was

Director – Yesmalem Yeshaw (CCH)

Composer – Peter Lam

He loves her. He loves her not. How many petals will this young lady have to pull to turn her friend into her lover?

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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