On Location L.A. Video Contest Lets Aspiring Filmmakers Showcase Their Work

One is a snapshot of a changing Jordan Downs, the iconic housing project in South Central L.A. that gave birth to notorious Grape Street Crips.

Another, called “The City of Lost Angels,” uses clay and paper models to depict a student’s transformation into an angel who, literally, finds his heart in Hollywood. Then there’s “Cinema Love,” a young woman’s romantic encounter that takes viewers on a nostalgic journey through L.A.’s historic theaters, including the Pantages and El Capitan.

Those were among the short films recognized over the weekend at the fourth annual “On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project” awards hosted by NewFilmmakers L.A. The nonprofit organization formed in 2007 to highlight the work of emerging and independent filmmakers.

The competition allows contestants, including college students and aspiring filmmakers, to showcase their talent while making short films about some aspect of L.A.

This year drew 19 finalists among more than 90 submissions competing for cash prizes totaling more than $65,000, as well as other perks such as free movie budgeting software and free permits from FilmL.A.

The films were five minutes or less and featured a range of styles and genres, including claymation, documentaries and music videos.

Each touched on some unique aspect of L.A. life., tackling such subjects as horrible traffic, quirky characters on Venice Beach, a day in the life of struggling immigrants, and how the city looks from the point of view of a young actress navigating her new home…

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