A Hot & Bothered Weekend at Instant Films

Happenings / August 6, 2015
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This year’s turnout was incredible. 9 movies all created, produced, and screened in 48 hours, and attended by hundreds of film fanatics.


Since 2002, Instant Films has been successfully producing short films (made from “script to screen”) in one weekend, and their most recent “Hot and Bothered” edition was no different. We were proud to host the Film Festival on our campus and be the home for all things Instant Films – from writing sessions to the final screening.


So what is Instant Films?

The premise behind this film festival is to challenge the creative minds of the film industry to put together a completed 7-to-9-minute movie in just under 48 hours. Still not impressed?

On Friday, nine writers randomly chose a noun, adjective, and number of actors to compose a script for, based on the theme—this edition’s being “Hot and Bothered.” The writers must complete their scripts within 12 hours, where then the directors randomly choose from the available scripts and pool of actors.

Saturday was dedicated to shooting the movie in its entirety, and after filming, it’s onto editing and post-production until the 8 PM screening and reception Sunday.

So which film was the best?

After the screening, the festival hosts an award ceremony and for the first time in event history, two works Mira and High Heat tied for the Best Picture distinction. The film Cyrus earned the Best Cinematography, Best Writing, and Best Editing award.

Don’t take our word for it….

Want to check out the films yourself? Visit the Instant Films website to see all 9.

Los Angeles Center Studios is a full-service studio for TV, film, and commercial production but also the host of other special events. Coming up, we’ve got:

  • The Lobster Rumble – The 3rd annual Lobster Rumble LA is Tasting Table’s unforgettable culinary showdown featuring 17 of the country’s top lobster rolls competing for top honors and to help raise funds for Share Our Strength. On August 13 in LA, guests will taste–and vote–their way through all 17 rolls and enjoy open bars pouring Stella Artois beer, cocktails and wines.
  • Vegan Oktoberfest – Join us on October 3rd and 4th for traditional food, live Oompah bands, Bavarian maidens, and of course, refreshing and delicious beer poured to perfection by dozens of great breweries! Enjoy a taste of Germany while you make friends and indulge to your heart’s content. Since all the food and beer is vegan, you can experience a traditional Oktoberfest with a clear conscience. Prost!


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