First Mobile Phone Call in History, Shame & Rockaway part of thought provoking Shorts premiering at New Media Film Festival Los Angeles

The New Media Film Festival® is known for its diverse and innovative selection of films, and this year’s lineup includes the World & L.A. premieres of three thought-provoking shorts: “Shame”, “Rockaway” & “First Mobile Phone Call in History.”

“Shame,” directed by Kelly Lynn Warren, is a powerful narrative that delves into the harrowing effects of sexual assault and the often silent struggle with trauma that can lead to tragic outcomes. The film aims to shed light on the complex emotions of shame and the importance of addressing such trauma to prevent further harm. On the other hand, “Rockaway,” directed by Kerstin Ebert, presents a poignant story of grief and the journey towards healing. With a melancholic undertone, it explores the process of making peace with loss and moving forward. Both films are set to premiere at the festival, offering audiences a chance to engage with these significant themes and the artistry of independent filmmaking. 

The New Media Film Festival® is a vibrant celebration of innovation and creativity in digital media. The 2024 lineup is particularly exciting, featuring 106 new media films and content, including premieres from Broadway talent, Grammy nominees, a New York Times bestselling author, and Emmy winners. This festival is a testament to the dynamic evolution of storytelling in the digital age, showcasing a diverse range of voices and perspectives. With a mix of World, U.S., and L.A. premieres, the festival promises to be a hub of inspiration and industry advancement. Attendees can look forward to a rich schedule June 5-6 2024 filled with online screenings, Q&As, surprise guests, raffles, and an international art exhibit, all set to take place at the Look Cinema in Los Angeles, California.


Directed by Kerstin Ebert from USA

L.A. Premier

Starring Sharlene Hartman


Directed by Kelly Lynn Warren from USA

World Premiere

Cast & Crew

Sophia Cofino, Wayne Jay, Eduardo Resende, Hussain Najam, Alejandro Solis, Joanna Cabalquinto, Danielle Sanfilippo, Nakiya Martinoni, Bill Weber, Maui Holcomb, Rafael Montiel, Savraj Banga, Luis Manuel Peña, Bailey Swierstra, Jeremy Zelikovic, Parker Healey, Emiko, Rani Das, Cris Felipe

The New Media Film Festival® is set to feature a captivating short animation that revisits a pivotal moment in technology: the first mobile phone call. This historical event, which took place on April 3rd, 1973, will be brought to life through the collaborative efforts of journalists Bahram Sadeghi and Cristina Garcia Martin. The animation not only celebrates the ingenuity of Martin Cooper, the inventor of the mobile phone, but also marks the U.S. premiere of this creative retelling.

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First Mobile Phone Call in History

Directed by Bahram Sadeghi & Cristina Garcia Martin from Netherlands

USA Premiere

Cast & Crew

Bahram Sadeghi, Cristina Garcia Martin, Sander Cijsouw, Dikla Zeidler, Bram Meindersma


The festival serves as a platform for new voices and perspectives in the media landscape, highlighting the role of short films in sparking conversations and evoking emotional responses from viewers. These premieres are not just screenings; they are events that contribute to the broader discourse on societal issues and personal experiences, reflecting the festival’s commitment to storytelling that resonates on a deeper level. Full details


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City: Los Angeles

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