Harvard-Westlake School Presents Westflix: a film festival for California teens Harvard-Westlake School Presents Westflix: a film festival for California teens
MARCH 17, 2023

MARCH 18, 2023

Celebrating 20 Years!

Westflix is an annual student-run film festival for California teens presented by Harvard-Westlake School since 2004. Now Celebrating 20 years, 172 films were submitted from high schoolers all over California. After a lengthy and thoughtful judging process, 16 exceptional films were selected.

View the program


Our Westflix screening and awards will take place on the evening of Friday March 17th, 2023 at the historic Million Dollar Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Fancy “red carpet” attire is encouraged.

Friday, March 17 Festival Schedule

  • 6:30 p.m.
    Doors Open
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.
    Pre-Show Red Carpet and Jazz Explorers performance
  • 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
    Screening of Films, with Guest Speaker Mindy Kaling
  • 9:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Post-Show Awards Ceremony
  • 10 p.m. – Midnight
    Filmmakers’ Afterparty at Grand Central Market (Invite-only)

Tickets are Free. RSVP required for all attendees. More info on the Box Office page

Watch Red Carpet Livestream


The Filmmakers’ Workshop will be held in person Saturday, March 18 at Harvard-Westlake Upper School in Studio City. This event is an opportunity for student filmmakers to connect with one another and receive personalized feedback on their work from industry professionals. This event is primarily intended for the cast and crew of selected films, and filmmakers’ mentors. Please note that we will only be workshopping Westflix ‘23 officially selected student films.

Saturday, March 18 Workshop Schedule:

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Filmmakers’ Workshop with comedian, film director, screenwriter, and actor Jay Chandrasekhar and writer and producer Kate Angelo
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch


Beautiful Mind by Spencer McDonald and Brayden Nguyen | Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts

Chores by Angus Ebeling | Windward School

Elusive by Xander Rhee | Academy of the Canyons

Gasp for a Final Breath by Eion Nunez | LACHSA

Get Live! by Sundiata Enuke | Ghetto Film School

Grandpa Cherry Blossom by Maddox Chen | Mira Costa High School

Hurt People by Dylan Eskovitz | Windward School

Mama’s Boy by Helena Ausberger | LACHSA

My New Neighbor by Jaiden Mathews | Harvard-Westlake School

My Sisters in the Stars by Ian Kim | Harvard-Westlake School

Ovaryacting by Jordan Held | Orange County School of the Arts

Rational Functions by Esmé Nix | LACHSA

Stache Society by Olive Corine Read | Carondelet High School

The Harvest by Sean Goedecke | Orange County School of the Arts

The Narcissist by Gabriel Perez | Woodside High School

Understand That by Benji Tucker | LACHSA


Lizzie Award for Originality/Creativity Stache Society
Lizzie Award for Direction Gasp for a Final Breath
Lizzie Award for Writing Ovaryacting
Lizzie Award for Cinematography The Harvest
Lizzie Award for Performances/Acting Ovaryacting
Lizzie Award for Production Design The Narcissist
Lizzie Award for Sound/Music Get Live!
Sally Menke Award for Editing Elusive
The Lizzie: Founder's Award Mama's Boy
Cheri Gaulke Award for Visual Storytelling My Sisters In The Stars: The Story of Lee Yong-soo
Lizzie Award for Best Overall Understand That
Humanitarian Award Grandpa Cherry Blossom
Audience Choice Award My Sisters In The Stars: The Story of Lee Yong-soo
Ted Walch Award for Teaching and Mentorship   Kyle Provencio Reingold, Ghetto Film School LA

Westflix is a celebration of the best short films produced by high school students throughout California! 

Westflix is produced by members of the Harvard-Westlake School community and thus holds values of diversity, equity, and inclusion at its core. Each year we work to reach further to include and uplift the voices and stories of a more diverse range of young filmmakers across the state. Westflix is a brave space for creative expression and education that celebrates and recognizes student artists of different identities and backgrounds. In the past, we’ve been proud to showcase films by LGBTQIA+ filmmakers, POC filmmakers, first generation filmmakers, women filmmakers, first time filmmakers, filmmakers with disabilities, and other students of marginalized communities, who were able to share their own stories via our platform. As arbiters of media, we understand how much representation matters and will continue to expand our scope.

Westflix Meet the '23 Festival Directors

Director of Operations, Grace Belgrader ’23
Director of Submissions, Will Chandrasekhar ’23
Director of Media and Promotion, Danny Johnson ’23
Director of Design, Adison Gamradt ’23
Faculty Advisors, Brannon Rockwell-Charland Cook and Reb L Limerick

Festival Directors

This year we have assembled a Westflix Board, a decision-making and idea-generating body that supports the Festival Directors and completes substantive tasks central to the festival. The Westflix Board, composed of 14 Seniors passionate about Film/Video, is an extension of the Westflix leadership team.

Additionally, the Westflix Club is composed of dedicated 10th-12th graders who are responsible for judging submitted films and helping with promotion for the festival.

Westflix also partners with the Office of Advancement to produce the screening event in March.

There are many others who make Westflix possible and we recognize them in our annual program. Thank you to all who submit and judge films, help the organization run smoothly throughout the year, make the event so special each spring, and attend and support the annual festival.