ASFI – WEG Short Film Lab

White Elephant Group Films and ASFI announce winners of $70,000 in commissioned films for WEG Short Film Lab.

March 8, 2022

The selected artists of the WEG Short Film Lab will go on to produce both films and free-to-attend public programming in South Florida with the support of NBC/Universal, Telemundo and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The WEG Short Film Lab has also partnered with Slamdance Film Festival’s Unstoppable program, which promotes disability and diversity inclusion in film by showcasing films made by filmmakers with visible and non-visible disabilities.

The White Elephant Film Festival will be a two-day event celebrating the accomplishments of the commissioned artist’s works with the participation of national and local industry leaders.

The Winners

The winners are Carlie McCann ‘Homemaker’, Kenny Oiwa Riches ‘Olive Juice’, Julia Mendoza Friedman & Valerie Brooks ‘Mosquito’, Eddy Moon ‘El Reggaetonero’, Adrian Velasquez ‘The Song’, Liz Ferrer & Bow Ty ‘Ni a’, Florencia Portieri ‘You Were Never Really Here’, Al’Ikens Plancher ‘KONPA’, Jayme Kaye Gershen ‘Garden High’, Hansel Porras Garcia “23 semanas (23 Weeks)’, Bruklyn ‘Sambo’. The filmmakers will not only receive funds for their films, but will also be part of the “WEG Short Film Lab’ which will bring together these talented artists to help each other through the multiple stages of production.


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Visit the WEG Short Film Lab Webpage for more information or to submit your project for consideration.