"It’s a great responsibility to decide what we pass onto our kids"

Loránd Banner Szűcs is one of the most sought-after casting directors in Hungary with a string of Hungarian and international feature films and commercials to his name, many the recipients of leading industry accolades. His latest film, Sandwich, recently won Best Picture award at LAFA. The lead judge, Joel Hogan, described it as a "brilliantly executed short film of amazing quality". In the following interview, Loránd takes us to a journey of his career, through his childhood in communist Hungary and until the making of Sandwich. Meet a passionate filmmaker who truly cares about the messages in his films and how they affect the younger generation. You were born in a small, provincial town i

The Universe Opens Up: Les Brandt goes big in Hollywood

You've seen him on Days of Our Lives, Another World, The Magnificent Seven, CSI: Miami and tens of TV commercials. Our jury member, Les Brandt, is a versatile actor with credits spanning over drama, comedy, action and westerners. Between being on set, acting opposite Oscar-winning actresses, callbacks, and workouts, Les Brandt lent us his talent and experience as the lead judge for the Los Angeles Film Awards. In the following interview, Les takes us on the journey of his career and shares useful insights about acting and the Hollywood industry. Les Brandt Les Brandt! The Man and The Legend! Thank you so much for being part of LAFA. It's been such an honor to have you as the lead judge! What

"I have to feel I want to spend a huge amount of time on it"

There's always a story behind a photo. Sometimes, the story becomes a movie... "Snapshots", our BEST PICTURE winner, is a stunningly beautiful film, with a great sense of nostalgia. It includes such a memorable performance by Shannon Collis, who won Best Actress for her role, as well as a strong ensemble cast, led by three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams, Max Adler, Brett Dier, Emily Baldoni, Cathy DeBuono and Emily Goss. We interviewed writer-producer Jan Miller Corran and Emmy winner, director Melanie Mayron, to hear more about the making of this wonderful film, and their journeys as rock-star filmmakers! Jan, you've lived in the bay area for over 25 years. Why there, and not

"In post production, I let the audience open their mind"

Di Hang is a film director and editor from China. His short film, "Whisper", recently won an Honorable Mention: Sci-Fi award at LAFA. In the following interview, Di takes us behind the scenes of "Whisper" and his upcoming projects, shares his thoughts about storytelling and the power of post production, and even has some tips for up and coming film editors. Di, please tell us about your background. Where did you grow up, and how did you become interested in storytelling, and specifically film editing? I’m from China. I've loved imagination ever since I was a little boy. And I really have interest in science- that's why I make sci-fi films. When I was 7 years old, after watching The Terminato

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