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Vegas Movie Awards™ - Best Independent International Film Festival

VMA GALA

It's Showtime!

September 29 & 30, 2023 - Las Vegas

PRESENTED BY

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SPONSORED BY

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VIP and GA Tickets are SOLD OUT
Last Screening Tickets Available!

WHEN AND WHERE

September 29th
Multiple Film Screenings

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September 30th
VMA Awards Ceremony

2330 S Industrial Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

DAY 1

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SEPTEMBER 29th

Multiple Screenings and Q&A

EXPERIENCE

What We Are About to

A Creative Celebration of International Filmmaking in Las Vegas

Join us for an unforgettable day filled with screenings of handpicked films, networking opportunities, and a grand celebration of the art of cinema. Immerse yourself in the world of filmmaking and experience the magic firsthand. Get ready to be inspired by the visionaries who bring stories to life on the big screen.

VIBE

Join us for a day of indie film magic, where you'll experience the enchantment of independent cinema straight from the brilliant minds behind it. Filmmakers will proudly showcase their creations, born from simple ideas and overcoming countless hurdles.
Our atmosphere for DAY 1 is delightfully laid-back, custom-designed to ignite something AI can't replicate: genuine connections among dreamers brimming with creativity and imagination.

WHAT TICKET HOLDERS WILL GET

Here are a few benefits you can unlock with a small $19 donation to our non-profit organization.
Your generosity goes a long way in making a difference!

Access to ALL Screening Blocks!

Selfie Stations

Industry Networking

Inspiring Q&A Blocks With Industry Experts

Chance to win prizes at our Fundraising Raffle

Chance to vote for the Live Audience Awards

◇ TIME 

The entrance to the venue is at 4 pm on September 29, 2023.
The event will conclude around 10 pm on the same day.

◇ DRINKS/FOOD 

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase during the screenings.

◇ HOW TO GET TO THE VENUE / WHERE TO PARK 

The Industrial is located at 2330 S Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, just steps away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. The venue has ample parking, and some nearby parking lots may also be used if you arrive with your own car or Uber.

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Attire

BUSINESS  FORMAL

Embrace a day of relaxation and enjoyment, whether you're a nominated filmmaker or an enthusiastic spectator. In your sharp business formal attire, you'll be effortlessly comfortable while exuding elegance as you strike poses at the screening's selfie stations and seize the chance for extra interviews to fuel your future promotions.

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SCREENINGS  PROGRAM

GOLD STAGE
MAIN STAGE

Title
Filmmaker Name
Length
Screening Time
Cognition
Ravi Ajit Chopra
25 min
4:00 pm
Transformation
Nancy Hamilton Myers
1 hour 32 min
4:30 pm
Space Table Symphony
Mayk Azzato
6 min
5:40 pm
Resilient
Simin Vaswani
11 min
5:55 pm
You Don't Deserve This
Shaun Rylee
8 min
6:15 pm
The Studio
Cengiz Dervis
27 min
6:30 pm
Nominated Films | Trailers Selection
Various
30 min
7:05 pm
Q&A One
Danette Tull / Nevada Film Office
20 min
7:40 pm
Q&A Two
Zach Thomson
30 min
8:10 pm
Q&A Three
Zach Thomson / McKenzie Van Dorne-Rice
30 min
8:45 pm
Q&A Four
Simin Vaswani / Claire Chubbuck
20 min
9:20 pm
LOTTERY + AUD. AWARDS Proclamation
30 min
9:40 pm

WHITE  STAGE
DOCUMENTARIES / DRAMA / INSPIRATIONAL

Film Title
Filmmaker Name
Length
Screening Time
Dying To Sleep
Paris Dylan
1 hour 33 min
4:00 pm
Hungry
Jillie Simon
20 min
5:40 pm
Conquista Documentary
Joshua Moroles, Robert Espericueta
30 min
6:08 pm
Lucy's Last Song
Robert Craighead
22 min
6:45 pm
Fragments
Matthew Luppino
37 min
7:15 pm
The Dead Driver
Michelle Silva
18 min
8:00 pm
The Can
Shadow Lavalley
22 min
8:25 pm
T.H.E. Human Side
Emiko Carlin
27 min
8:49 pm

RED  STAGE
HORROR / FANTASY / COMEDY

Film Title
Filmmaker Name
Length
Screening Time
The Search For Audur
Lydur Arnason
1 hour 40 min
4:00 pm
Birth
Dustin Ardine
18 min
5:45 pm
The Pussycat
David Bird
22 min
6:10 pm
Rock Inn
Fon Davis
12 min
6:40 pm
Meet My Pet Monster
James Storm
1 hour 20 min
7:00 pm
Hanging Buddy
John Kestner
12 min
8:30 pm
The Water Wall
Andrea Sambuccetti
16 min
9:00 pm

BLACK  STAGE
THRILLER / CRIME / DRAMA

Film Title
Filmmaker Name
Length
Screening Time
D.O.A.
Kurt Thomas
1 hour 22 min
4:00 pm
Blind Truth
Laura Burnett
15 min
6:00 pm
Roses are Blind
Wendy White
18 min
6:20 pm
Ombré Ma Fí - "Payment Withheld"
Charli Brown
7 min
6:45 pm
Crypto Shadows
James Fox
1 hour 21 min
7:00 pm
The Loyals
P.K. Simone
40 min
8:30 pm
The Do Over
Jonathan "Dakari" St. Aimee
16 min
9:15 pm

The screening times above may undergo changes to accommodate the various needs of participants.
 

As previously mentioned in the past few weeks, due to high demand and limited available space, screening spots have been assigned to the quickest filmmakers to confirm their attendance at the event and request their screening spot.

All filmmakers who couldn't secure a spot for this edition can still have their trailer (if available) screened and have their names listed for participation in the VMA Live Audience Awards.

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Presents

INSPIRATIONAL  TALKS

Here is our personal selection of speakers who will be delighted to share their unique experiences in the film industry to inspire your challenging journey and make you proud of your tough choices.

VEGAS MOVIE ACADEMY™

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NAVIGATING FILM'S FUTURE

A Talk And Q&A With DANETTE TULL
Production & Communications Manager at Nevada Film Office, a division of the Governor's Office of Economic Development
September 29th | 7:40 pm | Main Stage | Length: around 20 minutes

Join industry expert Danette as she unveils the secrets to thriving amidst evolving landscapes, and discover how Nevada's unique offerings can elevate your cinematic journey.

WRITE YOUR OWN TICKET

A Talk And Q&A With ZACH THOMSON
Award-winning Producer / Director / Book Author
Worked on productions such as AVATAR / INDEPENDENCE DAY / DUMB AND DUMBER

September 29th | 8:10 pm | Main Stage | Length: around 30 minutes

Don’t wait for opportunity to knock. The world wants your unique storytelling perspective on the human condition. Zach, with his incredible experience built on out-of-the-ordinary resilience and thinking big, will teach you how to remain persistent and achieve your dreams.

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LOVE, CONNECT, AND THRIVE TOGETHER

Get inspired by experts McKenzie and Zach as they share the secrets of loving what you do, fostering deep connections, and collaborating with those who challenge you to be the best version of yourself.  Discover the power of shared values in building exceptional teamwork.

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A Talk And Q&A With 
McKENZIE VAN DORNE-RICE and ZACH THOMSON

McKenzie is an award-winning film and television Producer who has been involved in the film industry for almost 20 years, President and Creative Director of Liquid Studios Entertainment Group-LSEG in Burbank, CA
September 29th | 8:40 pm | Main Stage | Length: around 30 minutes

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FUELING FILMMAKING: POWER OF EMOTIONS

Explore the dynamic realm of filmmaking where the potency of emotions transforms storytelling. Join Simin and Claire in embracing vulnerability as a catalyst for creative prowess. Uncover the essence of resilience through their unique stylistic vision, venturing into trauma and emerging stronger.

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A Talk And Q&A With 
SIMIN VASWANI and CLAIRE CHUBBUCK

Simin, CEO of Sarina Film Productions, crafts emotionally intricate films that resonate with the human experience. Claire, daughter of renowned coach Ivana Chubbuck, pioneers cathartic realism, bringing purpose and healing through her films.
September 29th | 9:10 pm | Main Stage | Length: around 30 minutes

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Award Ceremony

LIVE AUDIENCE AWARD

During Day 1, all attendees (including the filmmakers themselves) will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film among those listed in the screening schedules free of charge. The film that receives the most votes from the audience present will be awarded a prestigious VMA Statuette™ on stage, generously provided by our non-profit organization, the Fromtheart Foundation.

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Extra Award Ceremony

FUNDRAISING  RAFFLE

All attendees will have the opportunity to participate in our fundraising event for the benefit of artists and underprivileged children at the non-profit Fromtheart Foundation. By purchasing one or more tickets, filmmakers and the audience can enjoy the chance to win various prizes generously provided by Vegas Creative Studio and Fromtheart, with a total value of $3,500.00!

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Haven't you purchased your tickets yet?

DAY 2

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SEPTEMBER 30th

VMA Annual Awards Ceremony

EXPERIENCE

What We Are About to

Exclusive Gala Event for the Best of the Best

Experience a prestigious gala behind closed doors, exclusively for a select group of 250 guests. This star-studded event will honor the outstanding winners of VMA editions from 2019 to 2023. Step onto the red carpet, indulge in interviews, and enjoy an open bar. Afterward, join us for an unforgettable after-party that will keep the excitement going all night long.

VIBE

For Day 2, the expansive creative space at our chosen venue will undergo a breathtaking transformation into a spectacular and prestigious location that will take you back in time, allowing you to experience the enchanting fusion of old Vegas charm and timeless glamour. It will be a Gala Ceremony like no other, one that you will cherish forever. This dazzling event will transport you to a golden era, where the red carpet will be unfurled for an evening of unparalleled elegance and sophistication.

◇ AWARDS SHOW 

During the evening, 26 unique VMA Statuettes™ will be presented on stage to honor the best projects from the 2022-2023 editions of the Vegas Movie Awards™. In addition, there will be a well-deserved acknowledgment with 2 special VMA Statuettes™ for Best Women Filmmakers and the Social Awareness Award from the 2019-2021 editions.

The trophies presented on stage have a total value exceeding $10,000 and are generously provided by our non-profit organization, Fromtheart, and our main sponsors. Furthermore, we may have some surprise awards for outstanding filmmakers deserving of honorable mention during the course of the evening.

Here is the list of nominated projects and filmmakers up for an award:

◇ TIME 

The entrance to the venue on September 30, 2023 is at 6 pm for VIP ticket holders and 7 pm for GA ticket holders.
The after-party will start at around 9:45 pm and the event will conclude around 10:30 pm.

◇ DRINKS/FOOD 

GA ticket holders will have access to unlimited Beer & Wine and Hors D'Oeuvres stations, while VIP ticket holders will enjoy a VIP Cocktail Reception, VIP Open Bar, and Hors D'Oeuvres stations.

◇ HOW TO GET TO THE VENUE / WHERE TO PARK 

The Industrial is located at 2330 S Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, just steps away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. The venue has ample parking, and some nearby parking lots may also be used if you arrive with your own car or Uber.

For VIP ticket holders within a 5-mile radius of the venue, VIP transportation will pick you up at the agreed-upon pickup point and transport you to the venue's entrance at the opening time. After the event, the VIP car will return you to your initial location.

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OLD-STYLE GLAM

"OLD VEGAS MEETS GREAT GATSBY"

Attire

Immerse yourself in the alluring blend of old Vegas charm and the opulence of The Great Gatsby.
Prepare for a night of feathered and bejeweled gowns, dapper tuxedos, and bold statement-making accessories
that transport you to the golden era of Hollywood.

These attires pictured above are just examples. All we want is for you to look super elegant on the red carpet and be able to use the photos you take for all your future promotions. Feel free to experiment with the colors black, gold, and red, and find the perfect style to showcase your personality.

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Embrace Stardom

CONNECT WITH

INDUSTRY ELITE

As you step off the red carpet, prepare to mix and mingle with the best. At the VMAs, you will find yourself among
investors & financiers, producers & directors, cinematographers, actors, publicists, brands, and casting directors.

It's their watering hole for finding talent, exchanging ideas, and staying up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry.

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Connecting with Creatives

UNLEASH YOUR

ARTISTIC SYNERGY

In addition to the dazzling fashion, the VMAs will feature live music, delectable cuisine, and an ambiance
that transports you to the heyday of old Vegas. Join like-minded creatives who appreciate artistry,
vintage fashion, and the opportunity to support the arts.

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SUPPORT  ART,

EMPOWER  LIVES

By being a part of the VMAs, you're not only indulging in a night of glamour and celebrating the art of filmmaking.
You're also making a meaningful impact on the lives of children in need. The VMAs are hosted by
Fromtheart Foundation™,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting arts education and empowering young minds through creativity.

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DON'T MISS OUT

ON THIS INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE

Seats AreLimited

Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of cinema, make valuable connections,
and create memories that will last a lifetime.

VIP Tickets SOLD OUT
Screening Tickets Available Until

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A Vegas-sized thank you to our Title Sponsor

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The brainchild of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Patron Spirits
and John Paul Mitchell Hair Systems.

Sponsors & Partners

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LV HOST LIONS CLUB

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Would You Like

Contact our team to see which sponsorship tiers are still available.

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Would You Like

Contact our team explaining why you are an excellent candidate
to be part of an unforgettable two-day experience.

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