Robert Arentz, founder of the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest). With extensive experience in the film industry, the LA Shorts Fest has become one of the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world with more than 280 films screening annually. LA Shorts Fest is an official qualifying event for Academy nomination (the Oscar) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) short film awards. A total of 44 LA Shorts Fest winners have gone on to become Academy Award nominees, with 13 filmmakers taking home an Oscar.