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Tiny Films on the Big Screen

At a cap of just 5 minutes, Tiny Film Fest encourages filmmakers of all stripes - emerging and established -  to use this as an opportunity to practice distilling their storytelling. These micro-films serve as their own kind of prelude - whole in and of themselves, but suggesting a world that could keep unfolding.

The precedent for this kind of short filmmaking has a reputation for embodying all range of refinement, from surprisingly elegant to refreshingly scrappy. All manner of work is encouraged for submission. 

Harnessing our attention-deficit society, a showcase of these micro-shorts allows us to display work by more filmmakers in a shorter amount of time.

The select films that embody this with originality and heart will be brought to life in front of a live audience on the big screen in the Historic Art Theatre in Long Beach, CA. The festival winners, judged by our Jury of filmmaking and industry professionals, will receive cash prizes in hopes of putting a drop in the bucket of developing their next vision.​


Mark your calendars for April 27, 2024 to join us for the Festival on Retro Row in Long Beach, CA. 


Ticket sales will open March 2024.

Submissions are now closed for 2024 - but keep an eye out for 2025!

Meet the Team

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Heather Coates

Founder & Director

Heather is our Festival Founder and has had the privilege of working with talented filmmakers throughout her career. As an agent at Rouge Artists Agency, she represents Department Heads who have been integral parts of award-winning projects such as Everything Everywhere All at Once, Lady Bird, Atlanta and Bottoms, to name just a few.  She has choreographed music videos for bands like Sir Sly and Jonah Mutono and is known to still boogie on occassion. Heather believes strongly in the advocacy for Artists and Filmmakers, especially in our current landscape and has been incubating the premise for Tiny Film Fest while hosting art salons in her home since 2013. Perhaps most importantly, she is an avid fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer #spikeforever.

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Mark Smith

Executive Producer / Head of Marketing

Mark Smith is a Production Designer based in Los Angeles creating sleek and striking visuals, a futurist with a passion for music and storytelling, and a fierce advocate for thriving community. Mark’s past affiliations include Spacebliss Night Market and Impetus Projects which brought together visual artists, photographers, hand-crafters, art vendors, and musical artists from Whittier and the surrounding areas for nights of creative collaboration. His personal project AVILA House carries on that spirit in collaboration with MIRIAM Productions hosting community events. Mark is also an avid comic lore enthusiast and cannot help getting groovy when good tunes are in the air.

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Brooke Coates Rodriguez

Festival Events Designer

Brooke Coates Rodriguez is a stylist, designer and businesswoman. Her most recent wardrobe styling experiences include the commercial for this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show and the indie thriller CLAWFOOT starring Francesca Eastwood and Milo Gibson. Brooke’s design company VINKA DE VIS focuses on one-of-a kind homemade goods and specializes in corporate and boutique holiday decorations. In 2023, she welcomed her precious son Benicio into the world.

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Rev. Scott Young

Festival Consultant

Scott was once introduced as “a Baptist Minister with an encyclopedic knowledge of film.” He was the co-founder and Director of City of the Angels Film Festival in Hollywood. He served on the Ecumenical Jury at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival. He has attended other numerous festivals including Sundance and New York Film Festival. He has taught the intersection of Film with Philosophy, Sociology and Religion at several universities, among them Art Center: College of Design, Los Angeles Film Study Center, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an unabashed cinephile and cineaste. Scott is an advocate of  and mentor to creatives and future moving image designers through his non-profit, Culture Connection, of which this Festival is proudly hosted.

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Kimberlyn Coates

Head of Nonfiction Programming

& DEI Initiatives

Kimberlyn is a documentary coordinator and has worked at Company 3/Method Studios, a color grading/VFX post house. While in the Sociology Department at UC Berkeley, they collaborated on multiple documentaries, including NAPA: No African People Allowed.  Her most notable role is being cast as Gaston from Beauty in the Beast in her sister Heather’s high school film. 

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Ryan Burns

Executive Producer / Head of Brand

Ryan is a Creative Director & Illustrator from Canada living in Los Angeles with his family. Obsessed with film from a young age he's grown to study it independently, and has had the opportunity to teach visual narrative and scene deconstruction at an art school in Germany. His love of movies began with a deep obsession of Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian but has grown to include any unique voice in any genre across the decades. This has also led to a personal work endeavor of unique illustrated movie posters and a collaboration with Bottleneck gallery in New York for his poster of the hit show Atlanta.

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Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Head of MIRIAM

Fundraising Events Partner

Robert Rodriguez Jr. is the head of communications and production agency MIRIAM that focuses on connecting Artists and Brands with unique collaborative opportunities. 

With his crazy personality and off the wall antics people will often look at him and say “now that’s a funny guy”.


Interested in getting involved?

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