Jonathan LaPoma

Author / Screenwriter / Songwriter

Posts Tagged ‘Oaxaca Film Festival’

DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY! a Finalist in Oaxaca Film Fest

Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length black comedy DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY! is a finalist in the 2018 Oaxaca Film Festival (comedy category). This is the script’s 12th award/honor and LaPoma’s 156th overall.

SOFI’S JOURNEY an Official Selection of Oaxaca Film Fest

Jonathan LaPoma’s coming-of-age drama SOFI’S JOURNEY is an official selection of the 2017 Oaxaca Film Festival.

Jon LaPoma Places Scripts in Six Different Film Festivals

Jonathan LaPoma’s scripts DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY!, SOFI’S JOURNEY, and LA TIERRA Q… UE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova, placed in six different film festivals today: Los Angeles CineFest (DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY!), Malta Film Festival (LA TIERRA), Austria International Film Festival (LA TIERRA), Cinema New York City (LA TIERRA), Eurocinema Film Festival (LA TIERRA), and SOFI’S JOURNEY placed in a festival that LaPoma won’t be able to announce until September. 

This brings LaPoma’s total award/honor total to 131.

HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS Advances in Oaxaca Film Fest

Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length comedy, HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS, is an official selection of the 2016 Oaxaca Film Festival. This is the script’s 6th award/honor in the last two months and LaPoma’s 92nd overall for his 9 screenplays.

THE WAY BACK HOME a Top 12 Finalist in the Oaxaca Film Fest

The Oaxaca Film Fest has selected Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length coming-of-age drama THE WAY BACK HOME as a top 12 finalist out of about 1,000 submission in their 2015 global script competition. Other winners in this year’s festival included Patricia Arquette and Takashi Miike.

Jon LaPoma Places Two Scripts in Evolution Mallorca Film Fest

The Evolution Mallorca Film Festival has chosen Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length screenplays A NOBLE TRUTH and LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (co-written by Natalia Porras Sivolobova) as official selections to their 2015 festival.

In the past week, LaPoma has had 6 of his scripts place in screenwriting competitions, including making the top 12 in the Oaxaca Film Festival. Also, his coming-of-age novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY won 1st place in the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes on October 7th.

LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO Gets Great Review from Oaxaca Film Fest

Jonathan LaPoma and Natalia Porras Sivolobova’s feature-length coming-of-age drama, LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE), got a great review from the Oaxaca Film Festival. According to the reviewer:

Land That I Love narrates a story about a girl who returns to her homeland in Oaxaca, after ‘failing’, as she puts it, to pursue a career in dance in New York City. She is upset with herself and she feels unrest with the idea of being back, and returning to the same old patterns of life: protests, women being raped and their case not being opened, violence, corruption, machismo… The story unfolds slowly and never stops being interesting. It keeps one wanting to read more and discover, as the story unravels, the secrets each character holds inside . . . The story paints an appropriate image of Mexico’s current situation, specifically that of Oaxaca. It is easy to imagine this script being based on a true-story, and that is what makes it great. The two main characters, Zoe and Ian develop tremendously through the questions and situations they stumble upon while living in Oaxaca: questionings of ‘where does one belong to’, ‘ones roots’, ‘what one should fight for’, ‘what does one want to do in life’, etc. These questions and ponders make the reader ask those to himself as well, or brings them to a similar situation they have been involved in in the past. This all makes the story vibrant and solid.”

Patricia Chica (CERAMIC TANGO, WOLVERINE HOTEL) is attached to direct.

THE WAY BACK HOME, Finalist in Oaxaca Film Fest

Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length coming-of-age drama THE WAY BACK HOME is an official selection of the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival. This is the script’s 10th award/honor, and it’s ranked in the top 3% of the more than 2,500 scripts listed on

Jonathan LaPoma’s screenplay DELLWOOD an Official Selection of the 2014 Oaxaca Film Festival

With great pleasure, Jonathan LaPoma will be returning to Mexico for the 2014 Oaxaca Film Festival, where his script DELLWOOD has been chosen as an official selection, competing to be this year’s best overall screenplay. This is the second consecutive year Jon has placed in the scriptwriting competition, as his award-winning A NOBLE TRUTH was an official selection at the Oaxaca Film Festival in 2013.